"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."

Ryo Imamura,
Jodo Shin Priest and Professor of Psychology at Evergreen State College

"[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."

Alexander Berzin

"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

"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
by Snow Lion Publications, USA
ISBN 1-55939-153-7

"This book is written for people wanting to understand basic Buddhist principles and how to integrate them into their will be of much benefit to its readers."

--the Dalai Lama


Buddhism for 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 Dalai Lama


  1. The Essence of Buddhism
  2. The Buddha
  3. Love and Compassion
  4. Meditation
  5. Impermanence & Suffering
  6. Selflessness
  7. Science, Creation, and Rebirth
  8. Karma: The Functioning of Cause & Effect
  9. Dying, Death and the Intermediate State
  10. The Buddhist Traditions
  11. Vajrayana
  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


Further Reading


[Click here for an excerpt from the book.]

[Click here for More Info or to Order from Snow Lion]


Back to Top


What's New  |  Home  |  About Ven. Thubten Chodron  |  Activities  |  Audio Library  |  Video Library
Publications | For Those New to Buddhism | Health
Daily Life Dharma  |  Dealing With Emotions  |  Death & Dying  |  Prison Dharma  |  Youth & the Dharma
Travels  |  Dharma Guidance on Current Events  |  FAQ  |  Gradual Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim)  
Lamrim Articles/Transcripts  |  Thought Transformation & Other Commentaries  |  Prayers & Practices
Meditation  |  Retreat  |  Monastic Life  |  Science & Buddhism  |  Interreligious Dialogue  
Other Articles/Audio  | Other Resources  |  Sravasti Abbey  |  Links  |  About Us  |  Email Webmaster

All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced by any means for commercial purposes or mass circulation without prior written permission from the webmaster who will communicate your request to Ven. Thubten Chodron. You're welcome to download for your own personal reading.
Please also contact the webmaster if you find any mistakes or broken links.