This userâ€™s guide to Buddhist basics takes the most commonly asked questionsâ€”beginning with â€śWhat is the essence of the Buddhaâ€™s teachings?â€ťâ€”and provides simple answers in plain English. Thubten Chodronâ€™s responses to the questions that always seem to arise among people approaching Buddhism make this an exceptionally complete and accessible introductionâ€”as well as a manual for living a more peaceful, mindful, and satisfying Life. Buddhism for Beginners is an ideal first book on the subject for anyone, but itâ€™s also a wonderful resource for seasoned students, since the question-and-answer format makes it easy to find just the topic youâ€™re looking for, such as: Â Â Â â€˘Â What is the goal of the Buddhist path? Â Â Â â€˘Â What is karma? Â Â Â â€˘Â If all phenomena are empty, does that mean nothing exists? Â Â Â â€˘Â How can we deal with fear? Â Â Â â€˘Â How do I establish a regular meditation practice? Â Â Â â€˘Â What are the qualities I should look for in a teacher? Â Â Â â€˘Â What is Buddha-nature? Â Â Â â€˘Â Why can't we remember our past lives?