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Introduction to Buddhism  

This guide provides introductory information and resources to encourange individuals who wish to begin practicing Buddhism.
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Websites, Blogs and Videos on Practicing Buddhism

  • Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron
    This link provides beginners with an overview of how they can incorporate Buddhist practices into their everyday lives.
  • Buddhism Now
    This is an "online Buddhist magazine, giving advice on how to practice Buddhism."
  • Mindah-Lee Kumar (The Enthusiastic Buddhist)
    Buddhist YouTuber Mindah-Lee Lumar guides viewers through different practices.
  • Tricycle
    Tricycle provides a unique and independent public forum for exploring Buddhism, establishing a dialogue between Buddhism and the broader culture, and introducing Buddhist thinking to Western disciplines.
  • A View on Buddhism
    This link provides beginners some guidance as to where to start their practices.

Books on Buddhism

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Buddhism - Huston Smith; Philip Novak
ISBN: 0060506962
Publication Date: 2003-03-25
Presents a detailed introduction to Buddhism that traces its history, teachings, and practices throughtout the world.

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Buddhism: a Very Short Introduction - Damien Keown
ISBN: 0199663831
Publication Date: 2013-04-06
Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to the teachings of the Buddha and to the workings of Buddhism in daily life. Damien Keown looks at the distinctive features of Buddhism, examining who the Buddha was and what his teachings were. By considering how Buddhist thought hasdeveloped over the centuries, Keown considers how contemporary dilemmas can be faced from a Buddhist perspective. In this new edition Keown provides new perspectives on Buddhist thought, including up-to-date material about the evolution of Buddhism throughout Asia, the material culture of Buddhism and its importance, new teachings on the ethics of war and peace, and changes to ethnicity, class, andgender.

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The Concise History of Buddhism - Andrew Skilton
ISBN: 0904766926
Publication Date: 2004-08-01
An ideal introduction to the history of Buddhism. Andrew Skilton - a writer on and practitioner of Buddhism - explains the development of the basic concepts of Buddhism during its 2,500 years of history and describes its varied developments in India, Buddhism's homeland, as well as its spread across Asia, from Mongolia to Sri Lanka and from Japan to the Middle East. A fascinating insight into the historical progress of one of the world's great religions. " excellent synopsis of current scholarship..."--Alan Sponberg, Professor of Asian Philosophy and Religion, University of Montana

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The Everything Buddhism Book - Arnold Kozak; Arnie Kozak
ISBN: 1440510288
Publication Date: 2011-01-14
"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." --Dalai Lama That's easy for the Dalai Lama to say--but for the rest of us, understanding this mysterious, multilayered faith can be very difficult. With this updated and revised edition of the classic Buddhist primer, you can delve into the profound principles of nonviolence, mindfulness, and self-awareness. From Tibetan Buddhism to Zen, you'll explore the traditions of all branches of Buddhism, including: The life of Buddha and his continuing influence throughout the world A revealing survey of the definitive Buddhist texts What the Sutras say about education, marriage, sex, and death Faith-fueled social protest movements in Tibet, Burma, and elsewhere Buddhist art, poetry, architecture, calligraphy, and landscaping The proven physiological effects of meditation and other Buddhist practices The growing impact of Buddhism on modern American culture In this guide, you'll discover the deceptively simple truths of this enigmatic religion. Most important, you learn how to apply the tenets of Buddhism to your daily life--and achieve clarity and inner peace in the process.

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Story of Buddhism - Donald S. Lopez
ISBN: 0060099275
Publication Date: 2009-08-11
How and when did the many schools of Buddhism emerge? How does the historical figure of Siddartha Guatama relate to the many teachings that are presented in his name? Did Buddhism modify the cultures to which it was introduced, or did they modify Buddhism? Leading Buddhist scholar Donald S. Lopez Jr. explores the origins of this 2,500-year-old religion and traces its major developments up to the present, focusing not only on the essential elemenmts common to all schools of Buddhism but also revealing the differences among the major traditions. Beginning with the creation and structure of the Buddhist universe, Lopez explores the life of the Buddha, the core Buddhist tenets, and the development of the monastic life and lay practices. Combining brilliant scholarship with fascinating stories -- contemporary and historical, sometimes miraculous, sometimes humorous -- this rich and absorbing volume presents a fresh and expert history of Buddhism and Buddhist life.


Books on Practicing Buddhism

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Buddhism: Beginner's Guide to Understanding and Practicing Buddhism to Become Stress and Anxiety Free - Michael Williams
ISBN: 1537410008
Publication Date: 2016-09-29
In Buddhism, this thoughtful and carefully detailed guidebook acts as a beginner's guide to those who may be interested in learning more about this ancient and wise practice. Placing emphasis on meditation, yoga, and understanding the core concepts of Buddhism allows the reader to apply its teachings to make their lives fuller and healthier. If you are curious about Buddhism and want to find the answers you seek, then look no further than this qualitative guidebook. Full of information on the various aspects of Buddhism, meditation, yoga, and more, Buddhism stands apart as a concise and practical guide to infusing your life with its many teachings.

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How to Practice - Dalai Lama XIV; Jeffrey Hopkins (Edited and Translated by)
ISBN: 0743427084
Publication Date: 2002-01-08
As human beings, we possess one common desire: the need for happiness and a meaningful life. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us. Now, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and bestselling author helps readers begin the path to enlightenment in a very special book -- an easy-access reference for daily practice as well as stunning illumination of the timeless wisdom of His Holiness.

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Not Always So - Shunryu Suzuki; Edward Espe Brown; Zen Center San Francisco Staff
ISBN: 0060957549
Publication Date: 2009-06-02
Practising the true spirit of Zen. Not Always So is based on Shunryu Suzuki's lectures and is framed in his own inimitable, allusive, paradoxical style, rich with unexpected and off-centre insights. Suzuki knew he was dying at the time of the lectures, which gives his thoughts an urgency and focus even sharper than in the earlier book. In Not Always So Suzuki once again voices Zen in everyday language with the vigour, sensitivity, and buoyancy of a true friend. Here is support and nourishment. Here is a mother and father lending a hand, but letting you find your own way. Here is guidance which empowers your freedom (or way-seeking mind), rather than pinning you down to directions and techniques. Here is teaching which encourages you to touch and know your true heart and to express yourself fully, teaching which is not teaching from outside, but a voice arising in your own being.

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Planting Seeds - Thich Nhat Hanh; Wietske Vriezen (Illustrator); Plum Village Community Staff
ISBN: 1935209809
Publication Date: 2007-05-09
Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children is the fruit of decades of development and innovation in the Plum Village community's collective practice with children. Based on Thich Nhat Hanh's thirty years of teaching mindfulness and compassion to parents, teachers, and children, the book and enclosed CD cover a wide range of contemplative and fun activities parents and educators can do with their children or students. The activities are designed to help relieve stress, increase concentration, nourish gratitude and confidence, deal with difficult emotions, touch our interconnection with nature, and improve communication.

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Zen - Benson Hiles
ISBN: 1544796978
Publication Date: 2017-03-19
Zen : A beginner's guide on practicing the art of meditation Zen Meditation is an outgrowth of Buddhism. As Buddhism developed from a local phenomenon begun by a disenchanted prince in Nepal, it traveled through China, into Korea and then into Japan. Zen is primarily a Japanese development of Buddhism, but it does not have to be linked to that religion and can be practiced by anyone, anywhere.

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