No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners: Clear Answers to Burning Questions About Core Buddhist Teachings
Presented in a practical Q&A format, No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners is the most clear-cut introductory guide to understanding the essential concepts of Buddhism and how they relate to your daily life.
How is an awakening different from enlightenment? Can agnostics and atheists be Buddhist? Am I supposed to stop thinking when I meditate? In No-Nonsense Buddhism for B...more
I am a proud-to-be-an-American Buddhist philosopher who lived in China for almost a decade. Which means, essentially, that I study the teachings of the Buddha, including the Four Noble Truths ...more
I am not a total beginner as I have been practicing meditation and even joined a small local sangha (meditation group). I have read some books, too, but they each address a subtopic or just are a collection of sayings, so I was left wi ...more
This is truly a fantastic, easy to read and understand book on the bare bones basics. I was interested in learning about Buddhism and didn’t know where to start. I tried a few other books that ...more
Written clearly and precisely, and yet not in a way that makes you feel like you’re five years old and stupid.
So for that reason, I’d highly recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about Buddhism, where, and how to start.
Great stuff I’m glad I picked up now!
The literature of Buddhism is vast. There are more sutras than you can shake a stick at, some of them deeply esoteric and some of them contradictory (or seemingly so). Some are anything but concrete and take themselves way too seriously, which is why we have the “correction” of Zen Buddhism.
So, it was a pleasure for me to read this clear and down-to-earth treatise for beginners.
The book is attractively presented ...more
I am not one for spiritual or religious practice, which is why when I heard the word 'Buddhism' to me it meant just another spiritual thing.
Wow I was so wrong.
Buddhism as a practice might be something I really, really want to do in my life. Reaction to suffering caused so much turmoil in my life every day felt like the worst day. Halfway through this book just applying some of the things written here immediately helped. ...more
He gives some unique perspectives on things and the format o ...more
I liked it. I liked how the author wrote that one could read straight through or treat it more as a ...more
The Q&A format of this book along with the way it's written makes it very accessible, which is great. Also, the "Everyday Buddhism" sections can really tie things together and they did help me better understand some concepts that can get pretty abstract at times.
Anyhow, the way this book is structured in such a way that ...more
Very down to earth breakdown of Buddhism. I have some serious anxiety, depression along with PTSD. Ive struggled with these ailments for a long time and seen counselors, been prescribed umpteen medications, all with little to no results. This book has helped me more than any mental health treatment Ive received in the Army, at the Dept of Veteran Affairs as well as Civilian doctors. I started doing mindfulness on youtube, ended up on ...more
I enjoyed the book. The layout was clear and very easy to follow. The reasoning behind the layout also makes perfect sense.
However, if you read this coming from reading a book like "Mindfulness in plain English", you'll notice that there simply isn't a very big emphasis on the practice here. This book is much more of an individuals description of what Buddhism means to them rather than a canonical and precise explanation of the reasoning behind Buddhist assertions. The section on rebirth and ...more
It's structured in a question/answer format which also may be a turn-off for some. But, again, ...more
If you want to know more about Buddhism, but you find yourself baffled by all the Pali and Sanskrit terminology and the theologies of the different schools, this is a great place to start. It translates the important concepts of Buddhist teaching and philosophy into plain language that a Western audience can understand. Whatever your religious background, you'll find lots of useful insights here ... and if you've ever done cognitive behavioral therapy or mindf ...more
I know that it isn’t necessarily a religion, philosophy, or anything like that. It’s more of a way of life and can be adjusted, as it were, to fit a person’s own needs and beliefs. There is no “God” or strict rules that must be fowl ...more