This user’s guide to Buddhist basics takes the most commonly asked questions—beginning with “What is the essence of the Buddha’s teachings?”—and provides simple answers in plain English.
An exceptionally complete and accessible introduction to Buddhism that’s also a wonderful resource for seasoned students, since the question-and-answer format makes it easy to find just the topic you’re looking for. Consider this a manual for living a more peaceful, mindful, and satisfying life.
Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
I am happy to know about this book, Buddhism for Beginners, by Thubten Chodron. This book is written mainly for people wanting to understand basic Buddhist principles and how to integrate them into their lives.
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When we experience some difficulties in life, we should reflect on the type of action we must have done that created the cause for this result. This will encourage us to be more aware of what we think, say, and do. Studying the Buddha’s teachings enables us to learn more about specific actions and their results. Then we can change our behavior and plant more seeds in our mindstreams to experience desirable results. A text called The Wheel of Sharp Weapons is particularly good in explaining the effects produced by certain actions and the way to change our attitudes and actions to create the causes of happiness.
“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, Sakyadhita International Association of Buddhist Women
“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.”
—Venerable Dr. Havanpola Ratanasara, College of Buddhist Studies, Los Angeles
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