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Buddhism for Beginners Paperback – January 1, 2001
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Chodron's plain English makes his beginner's guide nearly perfect for those new to Buddhism and those who simply want to learn more about one of the world's oldest, most misunderstood religions. In question-and-answer format, Chodron defines Buddhism's essence, which, in a nutshell, is to avoid harming others and help them as much as possible. He describes the goal of the Buddhist path and discusses the historical Buddha and his various manifestations. He answers some most-asked outsiders' questions concerning such matters as the best methods of meditation and how to define karma, and he clarifies Buddhist perspectives on modern issues, from euthanasia and abortion to the environment and animal rights. Clearly, succinctly, and without talking down to readers, Chodron strives throughout to bring people together and help them understand the tradition. To outsiders, Buddhism can seem cold and mysterious, but Chodron unravels some of its mysteries and helps dispel that perceived coldness. June Sawyers
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“This book is written for people wanting to understand basic Buddhist principles and how to integrate them into their lives. . . . It will be of much benefit to its readers.”—H.H. the Dalai Lama
“Thubten Chodron has presented the Buddhist view on essential issues of spiritual development. . . . A tremendous resource for those interested in Buddhist practice.”—Karma Lekshe Tsomo, president of Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women
“Chodron’s plain English makes her beginner’s guide nearly perfect for those new to Buddhism and those who simply want to learn more.”—Booklist
“A very compassionate book. Her approach is nonsectarian and emphasizes the basic unity found within Buddhism.”—Ryo Imamura, Jodo Shin priest and professor of psychology at Evergreen State College
“Her lucid, correct, clear, and convincing manner is highly commendable.”—Ven. Dr. Havanpola Ratanasara, College of Buddhist Studies, Los Angeles
“Ven. Thubten Chodron is especially skilled in presenting Buddhist philosophy and practices in ways that are easily accessible and practical for Buddhists who live in the Western world.”—Ven. Hung I Shih, abbot of Jade Buddha Temple in Houston
“This is the perfect gift for family and friends who wish to understand one’s engagement with Buddhism. Thubten Chodron combines several decades of traditional training in Tibetan Buddhism with western psychotherapeutic relevance. . . . That quality of integration is where the Venerable Thubten Chodron is such a powerful writer and teacher.”—Branches of Light
“Here is an excellent introduction to Buddhism. Most importantly, it offers good advice for anyone who wants to lead a more sane balanced and compassionate life.”—Bodhi Tree Book Review
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I updated my review to 4 stars because this book answers questions many other books don't. Some of it is really good to know and essential. I would recommend it for gaining answers to some oddball questions or even common questions one may have. As always the only con is the writing style.
At the same time that I was reading this, I read a little pocket-sized book called the Dalai Lama's Book of Awakenings, and I found this book by Thubten Chodron to be much more well written and understandable.
I will definitely be reading more of her books.
As in any case gather information from multiple sources and obtain experiences to build faith/knowledge.