This userandrsquo;s guide to Buddhist basics takes the most commonly asked questionsandmdash;beginning with andldquo;What is the essence of the Buddhaandrsquo;s teachings?andrdquo;andmdash;and provides simple answers in plain English. Thubten Chodronandrsquo;s responses to the questions that always seem to arise among people approaching Buddhism make this an exceptionally complete and accessible introductionandmdash;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 itandrsquo;s also a wonderful resource for seasoned students, since the question-and-answer format makes it easy to find just the topic youandrsquo;re looking for, such as: and and and andbull;and What is the goal of the Buddhist path? and and and andbull;and What is karma? and and and andbull;and If all phenomena are empty, does that mean nothing exists? and and and andbull;and How can we deal with fear? and and and andbull;and How do I establish a regular meditation practice? and and and andbull;and What are the qualities I should look for in a teacher? and and and andbull;and What is Buddha-nature? and and and andbull;and Why can't we remember our past lives?