The Beginner's Guide to Buddhism

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jack Kornfield
Narrator: Jack Kornfield
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
Publisher: Sounds True
Published In: January 2002
Length: 1 hour, 13 minutes
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With a rich history stretching back over 2,500 years, Buddhism has been described both as a system of psychology and a philosophy for living. Yet most of us think of it as a religion. What is Buddhism? How is it practiced? Can it help me today?

On The Beginner's Guide to Buddhism, author and teacher Jack Kornfield immerses you in this time-honored approach to living fully and compassionately in the present moment. Join him as he illuminates Buddhism's most essential teachings, and how they make it possible to overcome the mental states that challenge us every day, such as fear, selfishness, confusion, and anger. Complete with authentic meditations to get you started.


• The Four Noble Truths
• The Eightfold Path
• Dharma - "The Laws of Life"
• Buddhist meditation practices
• Mindfulness teachings, and much more

Reviews (7)

Very enjoyable listening

Written by Janine Kearns on April 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed listening to John and getting to know him. I have always believed that people who pass can communicate with some. It is enjoyable to hear about his experiences.

Beginners Guide to Buddhism

Written by Anonymous on March 8th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This short book was a nice synopsis of larger books I have read.

Relaxing & educational

Written by Anonymous on May 3rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is difficult to follow along with the meditation exersizes while driving. Otherwise it was a very relaxing and educational book. The reader's voice is ideal for this type of literature.

Beginner's Guide to Buddhism

Written by Karen V on October 28th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I found this annoying, it was partly Jack Kornfield's cloying voice, partly my feeling that he was talking down to me. The Dalai Lama's books are infinitely better.

Beginner's Buddhism

Written by Anonymous from Glen Cove, NY on March 29th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good overview. Doesn't include conversations by Dalai Lama.

Beginner's Guide to Buddhism

Written by Lou Anne on February 19th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A decent primer and quick listen - not a blockbuster, but if you want an overview of the vocabulary and concepts, this book meets the need!

Beginner's Guide to Buddhism [uab]

Written by Mary McGuire on February 1st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The thing they forgot to mention in the books' description is that it is basically a recording of a Q&A session with a Tibetan monk and a lot of it is in Tibetan . . . the master speaks in Tibetan and the student translates . . . or does he translate? Sometimes the Tibetan answer is very short and the translation is very long, it seems the answer is perhaps guided by the master but developed for the audience by the student. Oh yes, some answers reference a seminar given the day before this recording was taken . . .

Author Details

Author Details

Kornfield, Jack

"Jack Kornfield, the bestselling author of several books, including A Path with Heart and Buddha's Little Instruction Book, is a founder of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Christina Feldman is the author of Woman Awake and, like Kornfield, is an internationally recognized Buddhist teacher who leads spiritual retreats around the world."