Buddhism for Beginners
Buddhism for Beginners answers the fundamental questions and issues that arise in the minds of modern Western individuals who are new to this tradition of practical spirituality. Written in clear and engaging language, this book presents the Buddhist approach to the fundamental issues and concerns of daily life. Thubten Chodron guides us through the basic tenets of Buddhism, encouraging and instructing us in how to live a more peaceful, mindful and satisfying life. She untangles our confusions and leads us through the most basic aspects of this rich, living spiritual tradition.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun Thubten Chodron has studied and practiced Buddhism in India and Nepal and travels worldwide teaching Buddhism and meditation. She is the author of Open Heart, Clear Mind and lives in Seattle, Washington.
"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."
—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, Author and 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 simple want to learn more."
—Booklist, American Library Association
"This is a very thoughtful contribution to Buddhist teachings."
"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
"A beginner's guide to making life more simple and joyful."
—Elizabeth Barker, New Age Journal
"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, Jade Buddha Temple, Houston
"By answering the most basic questions, Thubten Chodron helps practitioners dispel confusion and gain a realistic, down-to-earth approach to the Buddhist path."
"A beautifully simple book for the curious, beginner, or anyone who has ever thought about practicing. This book allows the reader to go from cover to cover, or skip to the chapters that truly interest them. There are no mystical words, no vague references or language problems. It's simple, basic English that will answer almost all the questions you have ever wanted to ask about Buddhism, but didn't know which book to read or who to ask."
"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 of Banyon Books
"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
Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
1. The Essence of Buddhism
2. The Buddha
3. Love and Compassion
5. Impermanence and Suffering
7. Science, Creation, and Rebirth
8. Karma: The Functioning of Cause and Effect
9. Dying, Death, and the Intermediate State
10. The Buddhist Traditions
12. Steps Along the Path
13. Working with Emotions
14. Dharma in Daily Life
15. Social Activism and Ethical Issues
16. Women and the Dharma
17. Monks, Nuns, and Lay Practitioners
18. Spiritual Teachers
19. Family and Children
20. Shrines and Offerings
21. Prayer, Ritual, and Dedicating Positive Potential