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Introduction to Buddhism: An Explanation of the Buddhist Way of Life [Paperback]

Kelsang Gyatso Geshe
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18 April 2001
2,500 years after the passing of Buddha, his message continues to resonate. This highly accessible, best-seller covers topics such as: Who was Buddha?; The nature of our mind; Past and future lives; Karma; Why and how to meditate; The path to enlightenment. The book explains the essential principles of the Buddhist way of life and what it means to be a Buddhist. Meditation is explained clearly and simply as a tool for developing qualities such as inner peace, love, and patience. Those developing an interest in Buddhism and meditation will find this book an ideal guide.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Tharpa Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (18 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948006706
  • ISBN-13: 979-0948006707
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Resident in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1100 Kadampa Buddhist Centres and groups throughout the world.

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"A brilliantly clear and concise introduction to this vast subject. Very highly recommended." -- Yoga & Health Magazine

"A perfect little journal of Buddhist education with material to challenge any student of Buddhist thought." -- Shambhala Sun

"This book succeeds admirably... a highly commendable and deeply felt work that I can recommend without hesitation." -- Chalice

About the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Resident in the West since 1977, he is the author of a series of highly acclaimed books that transmit perfectly the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded many Buddhist centres throughout the world.

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147 of 164 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clear introduction to Buddhism 19 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Anyone wishes to know what the practice in Buddhism is really about, should read this book. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, is a fully ordained Buddhist monk and teacher from Tibet. I believe he has written about 19 books from the introduction, to actual practices from the Sutra to the Tantra. This is not some MGM or Tourist version, but the real thing. The text is clear with great examples and the constant message is to practice gaining a happy and content mind for oneself as others. It also provides the same teaching as the Buddhist monks in Tibet receive over many years and Geshe Kelsang has managed to present an introduction to these teachings in a language that we can understand, without having a degree in philosophy.
If you really want a realistic introduction to Buddhism than this book is a must read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where to begin? 8 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback
When I bought this book, I knew very little about Buddhism. So, I thought 'where do I begin?' because the subject is so vast. Luckily this little book crossed my path. While I did not understand some of it the first go-through, it pointed me in the right direction - towards a mind wishing to develop loving kindness, compassion, and wisdom. Introduction to Buddhism covers so much and is so profound, it is well worth reading. Every time I read this book, I find something new. Now I have such a deep appreciation for the author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. His authentic presentation is clear and precise with each word conveying deep meaning. Most certainly this can only come from his own personal knowledge and deep understanding of Buddha's instructions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 July 2011
By Graeme
Format:Paperback
This book is, as it says, an introduction. It's very short but yet it gives a pretty comprehensive over view of the Mahayana Buddhist Path. The author chooses his words and examples very carefully, trusting the reader to take they key concepts he presents and to expand on them through personal exploration and experience. This is typical of Geshe Kelsang's approach which although very learned is non-academic and all about putting it into practice. There is a real confidence in the writing as Geshe Kelsang explains aspects of Buddha's teachings which many Western people will find challenging in a straight forward and unassuming way. The topics are simply laid bare according to the authors understanding and left for the reader to explore to their own satisfaction. Geshe Kelsang writes entirely from within the tradition to which he belongs (the Mahayana tradition of Je Tsongkhapa) so this is not intended as an over view of all manifestations of Buddhism, but in my opinion at least that leads to more clarity and certainly to greater ease of practical application, which is what I'm after.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed 19 Feb 2014
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I wanted to understand Buddhism and thought it was great to start with... but then I got a bit lost with some ideas
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46 of 57 people found the following review helpful
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OK: first things first. This book will challange some of your beliefs, so if you don't want that, then don't buy it. Otherwise, buy it, suspend judgement for a few hours, and enjoy! Remember that when the author uses words like 'should' he is only expressing his personal opinion, it's up to us to decide whether we agree with it or not.

Since this sort of book is explaining the views of another religion, one that is very different to what we might be used to, it's always going to be tempting to label it 'cultish' or 'extreme', unless it's read with a very open mind. Having read the book, I can't find anything cultish about it - no one, having read and understood this book, is going to try and abandon their family or have their brain washed or anything like that. Quite the opposite, in fact: by explaining things clearly, the author makes it quite easy for the reader to make up his or her own mind about what's put forward. Sure, it might take a few readings to fully make sense of, and some of the ideas might seem a little strange at first, but I think that's to be expected from a religion that's comparatively new to the West.

I know from having read some of the author's other books that he makes a point of explaining that this strand of Buddhism should be practised in conjunction with your everyday life, not apart from it. This to me seems particularly heart-warming, since you're not being asked to give up your family or friends to get the benefits out of the practice of meditation. I've found some of the things in this book difficult to understand at first, but at least I can come away knowing that I don't have to climb a mountain or become a monk to put the ideas that I did like, into practice.
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59 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and 100% un-preachy 23 Jun 2004
Format:Paperback
I didn't find this book sect-ish at all! I found it clearly explained alot of the aspects of buddhism which can be hard for an agnostic westerner to understand (well me anyway!); other books had avoided illustrating concepts like re-incarnation altogether. It is an unafraid, clear and beatifully written book on the subject. It's up to the reader to take on board the authors analogies, they aren't forced down the readers throat. Fully recommended!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Complex 29 May 2009
Format:Paperback
I found this book quite hard to read. It was quite hard to find the point of what was being said, the way it was written was simply confusing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read
I've become a Buddhist, this book has helped me . This book is brill , excellent , worth the reading
Published 1 month ago by steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
I bought this book as I am interested in the way of life and not the religion. I wanted to find out more about meditation and Buddhist way of dealing with stressful situations. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. E. Ede
4.0 out of 5 stars Buddhism
A bit heavy going and a bit complicated. Am sure there must be an easier book for new initiates into Buddhism. Did gradually work my way through it but it was hard work
Published 6 months ago by pickles
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book with an easy to understand summary of what Buddhism is.
This book is complied of small sections of all the main concepts that governs the life and believes a true Buddhist. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrea Blackwell
5.0 out of 5 stars The best introduction for those who want to do rather than chat about...
Buddhism is a huge subjest with many intry points. This book does not cover all of them by a long way. It's not meant to.. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr P E Bellingham
1.0 out of 5 stars Dogmatic rubbish
This is not Buddhism in its generic sense, sorry folks, but a very specific form of archaic, frozen dogma that belongs in the past. Read more
Published 16 months ago by M. J. O'Connell
2.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to a particular sort of Buddhism
Before purchasing this book, look-up the NKT. The New Kadampa Tradition is the organisation headed by the author of this book. If it sounds up your street, buy this book. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Merlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good...
Very inspiring. It makes a clear picture about Buddhism providing a proper introduction to it. Nevertheless, I found it is slightly fanatic.
Published 21 months ago by Dani
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully qualified Buddhist Master, and this becomes immediately obvious when reading his books. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2011 by James W
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
I found this book to be an excelent explaination as to what Buddhism is all about.

I think it is written very clearly, explained well with many useful examples, and it's... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2011 by J. Pitt
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