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Best Beginner Buddhism Books Reviewed & Ranked

Here is a list of the best Beginner Buddhism books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. Buddhism: Beginner’s Guide to Understanding & Practicing Buddhism to Become Stress and Anxiety Free (Buddhism, Mindfulness, Meditation, Buddhism For Beginners) (2016)

Best Beginner Buddhism Books Reviewed & Ranked4th Edition Now Available with New Beautiful Images and also as Audiobook! “No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.” – Buddha An ancient and deeply revered practice, Buddhism is even more popular now than it has been in decades. The secret behind its steady rise is due in part to the plethora of benefits Buddhism reaps upon those who practice it and apply its teachings to their lives. Through mindfulness and meditation, Buddhism injects peace and clarity into the minds and lives of those who dedicate themselves to it. Those wonderful benefits can be a part of…
Author(s): Michael Williams

2. Buddhism for Beginners (2001)

Best Beginner Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedThis user’s guide to Buddhist basics takes the most commonly asked questions—beginning with “What is the essence of the Buddha’s teachings?”—and provides simple answers in plain English. Thubten Chodron’s responses to the questions that always seem to arise among people approaching Buddhism make this an exceptionally complete and accessible introduction—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 it’s also a wonderful…
Author(s): Thubten Chodron

3. No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners: Clear Answers to Burning Questions About Core Buddhist Teachings (2018)

Best Beginner Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedPresented 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 Beginners, renowned Buddhism teacher and host of the popular Secular Buddhism podcast, Noah Rasheta, delivers an easily accessible introduction to the teachings of Buddhism that answers these common questions and many more. With No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners you’ll gain a…
Author(s): Noah Rasheta

4. The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation (1999)

Best Beginner Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedIn The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, now revised with added material and new insights, Nhat Hanh introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism and shows us that the Buddha’s teachings are accessible and applicable to our daily lives. Covering such significant teachings as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Three Doors of Liberation, the Three Dharma Seals, and the Seven Factors of Awakening, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching is a radiant beacon on Buddhist thought for the initiated and uninitiated alike….
Author(s): Thich Nhat Hanh

5. Buddhism for Beginners: Plain and Simple Guide to Buddhist Philosophy Including Zen Teachings, Tibetan Buddhism, and Mindfulness Meditation (2019)

Best Beginner Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedDo You Want To Free Yourself From Stress And Anxiety?Would you like to bring peace and joy in your life?Many people hear the word “Buddhism” and they think it is a religion. However, a person of any religion can bring Buddhist principles into their life without giving up their religious beliefs. Buddhism is a simple and practical philosophy, practiced by more than 300 million people worldwide, that can make your life better and help you find inner peace and happiness. Buddhism is a way of living your life following a path of spiritual development that leads you to the truth of reality.“We are shaped by our…
Author(s): Judith Yandell

6. Buddhism Plain and Simple: The Practice of Being Aware, Right Now, Every Day (1998)

Best Beginner Buddhism Books Reviewed & Ranked“This is the clearest and most precise exposition of Buddhism I have ever read. If you’re looking for enlightenment rather than just scholarly knowledge, you’d better read this.”—Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle MaintenanceThis is a book about awareness. It’s about being “awake” and in touch with what is going on here and now. Practical and down-to-earth, it deals exclusively with the present, not with speculation, theory, or belief in some far off time and place. The teachings of the Buddha are plain and straightforward, and because they remain focused on the…
Author(s): Steve Hagen

7. Buddhism: A Beginners Guide Book For True Self Discovery and Living A Balanced and Peaceful Life: Learn To Live in The Now and Find Peace From Within … / Buddhist Books By Sam Siv) (Volume 1) (2015)

Best Beginner Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedFind out all about mysterious Buddhism, its origins, its secrets and its answers to the challenges of modern life. This book contains a basic overview of Buddhism, including the life of Buddha, and the various kinds of Buddhism that have developed. It takes a look at all the key concepts and most important teachings, methods and insights in a way that is easy to understand. Filled with a wealth of common-sense and other-worldly wisdom, the path to enlightenment is considered. Learn about meditation, mindfulness, happiness, Samadhi, Nirvana and all the other important concepts that have…
Author(s): Sam Siv

8. Buddhism for Beginners: the Incredible Book that will Definitively Change your Perspective on Buddhism and Zen Meditation (2019)

Best Beginner Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedUnlock the power of Buddhism in your life and discover how to align with your true self, achieve happiness and find a sense of purpose with this insightful introductory guide to the art of Zen.Does anxiety keep you up at night? Are you sick of always being stressed out and overwhelmed by the pressures of modern life? Tired of letting the obstacles of life sidetrack you on the road to success?Would you like to achieve a sense of calm and razor-sharp focus in your daily life and escape the hamster wheel of modern existence? If yes then keep reading…Now more than ever,…
Author(s): Gregory F. George

9. How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life (2003)

Best Beginner Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedAs human beings, we all share the desire for happiness and meaning in our lives. According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the ability to find true fulfillment lies within each of us. In this very special book, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, Nobel Prize winner, and bestselling author helps readers embark upon the path to enlightenment with a stunning illumination of the timeless wisdom and an easy-access reference for daily practice. Divided into a series of distinct steps that will lead spiritual seekers toward enlightenment, How to Practice is a…
Author(s): Dalai Lama, Jeffrey Hopkins

10. BUDDHISM: Buddhism For Beginners: How To Go From Beginner To Monk And Master Your Mind (Zen Meditation, Buddha, Zen Buddhism, Meditation for Beginners) (2017)

Best Beginner Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedFourth Edition Now Available with even more Beautiful Content! “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” -Buddha Have you longed for a sense of peace in your life? Have you found yourself craving a kind of happiness you cannot define? Have you ever considered how Buddhism might enrich your life? Over 2,500 years old and just as vibrant and powerful as ever, the teachings of the Buddha have transcended language, culture, and time—and remains one of the most influential forms of practice and higher thought on Earth. Learn how to ease suffering from your life and achieve ultimate…
Author(s): Michael Williams

11. Buddhism: The Art of Living A More Mindful Life (Buddhism For Beginners, Eightfold Path, Meditation & Buddhist Teachings) (2016)

Best Beginner Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedWe understand that stress and chaos dominate modern day life. We also know that every human being longs for at some point. Through this book, we seek to highlight the teachings of Gautama Buddha, who was none other than the master of peace and tranquility. Buddha once said that he was neither god, nor an angel. He said he was merely “awake”. How do we achieve this state? This book will open the gates to the path to freedom and enable you to see the world in a different light. Buddhism is not merely a religion. It is the art and science of matters relating to the mind. The book will teach you about: #246,969 in Books (See Top 100…
Author(s): Cure For The People

12. Buddhism for Beginners: Buddhist Rituals and Practices to Eliminate Stress and Anxiety (Mindfulness, Vipassana, Zen etc) (Buddhism and Mindfulness) (2018)

Best Beginner Buddhism Books Reviewed & RankedIf you’re someone looking for a way to eliminate unnecessary suffering from your life then keep reading…The truth is that all of us face issues like stress, anxiety and sadness as we go through life. When we make plans and they don’t work in our favour, we tend to become frustrated or depressed. Unfortunately, some of us feel lost even if the plans actually do work out. Acquiring material wealth has failed to give us lasting happiness. So what can we do to effectively deal with this internal conflict? That is exactly what the Buddha asked 2500 years ago and his findings have been passed to us through generations in the form of…
Author(s): Dharma Hazari

Are you interested in learning more about Buddhism? Here’s our pick of the best Buddhism books for beginners! Short Background of Buddhism. Founded in ancient India by Siddhārtha Gautama (the Buddha), Buddhism is currently the 4th largest religion in the world with more than 520 million adherents. I don’t claim to know what the “best” beginner Buddhist book might be, because I think that is an individual matter. Sometimes a particular book will touch one person deeply but entirely “miss” another person. That said, all of the books listed here are good, and maybe one is the book that will touch you. If you’re new to Buddhism and trying to find the best Buddhist book for a beginner, here is a list of my top 8 picks that I highly recommend for beginners. Buddhist Books for Beginners: A Comprehensive List By Tricycle Oct 04, 2019. When we hosted a discussion titled “What Led You to Buddhism?” in 2011, we asked participants to share the stories of how they came to learn more about Buddhism.

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some beginner buddhism books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners

Author(s): Noah Rasheta
Publisher: Althea Press, Year: 2018, Size: 560 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2339511

Zen: How To Live Your Life the Zen Way—Beginners Guide for Zen Meditation

Author(s): Elias Axmar
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Year: 2016, Size: 345 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2397979

Buddhisms : an introduction

Author(s): John S. Strong
Publisher: Oneworld Publications, Year: 2015, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1421810

Taoism: A Friendly Beginners Guide On Taoism And Taoist Beliefs (Taoism - Taoist - Eastern Religion - Psychotherapy - Buddhism)

Author(s): Jordan Jacobs
Publisher: , Year: 2015, Size: 212 Kb, Download: azw
ID: 2330557

A Beginner's Guide to Tibetan Buddhism: Notes from a Practitioner's Journey

Author(s): Bruce Newman
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications, Year: 2004, Size: 1 Mb, Download: djvu
ID: 340627

A Beginners Guide to Tibetan Buddhism: Notes from a Practitioners Journey

Author(s): Bruce Newman
Publisher: , Year: 2004, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 869252

Buddhism For Beginners

Author(s): Thubten Chodron
Publisher: Snow Lion, Year: 2001, Size: 326 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2414649

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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