"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
"A very compassionate book. Her approach is nonsectarian
and emphasizes the basic unity found within Buddhism."
Jodo Shin Priest and Professor of Psychology at Evergreen
"[Her] lucid, correct, clear, and
convincing manner is highly commendable."
The Late Ven. Dr. Havanpola Ratanasara, College
of Buddhist Studies, Los Angeles
"In answering the most basic questions,
this book will help new practitioners dispel confusion and
gain a realistic, down-to-earth approach to the Buddhist path...
the perfect gift for family and friends who wish to understand
one's engagement in Buddhism."
"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
Ven. Hung I Shih, Abbot,
Jade Buddha Temple, Houston
"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, American Library Association
BUDDHISM FOR BEGINNERS
by Venerable Thubten Chodron.
First published in 2001 by
Lion Publications, USA
"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
Beginners covers the most
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. Ven.
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.
Foreword by His Holiness the Fourteenth
- The Essence of Buddhism
- The Buddha
- Love and Compassion
- Impermanence & Suffering
- Science, Creation, and Rebirth
- Karma: The Functioning of Cause
- Dying, Death and the Intermediate
- The Buddhist Traditions
- Steps Along the Path
- Working with Emotions
- Dharma in Daily Life
- Social Activism and Ethical Issues
- Women and The Dharma
- Monks, Nuns and Lay Practitioners
- Spiritual Teachers
- Family and Children
- Shrines and Offerings
- Prayer, Ritual and Dedicating Positive
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