The Buddha's Teachings for Beginners: A Simple Guide to Connect the Buddha's Lessons to Everyday Life (Paperback)

The Buddha's Teachings for Beginners: A Simple Guide to Connect the Buddha's Lessons to Everyday Life By Emily Griffith Burke Cover Image

The Buddha's Teachings for Beginners: A Simple Guide to Connect the Buddha's Lessons to Everyday Life (Paperback)


Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Start your Buddhist journey with a clear and simple introduction

Buddhism is a rich and layered belief system, which means exploring it for the first time can be overwhelming—and it's not always easy to connect the teachings to our lives today. This guide breaks down the central philosophies of Buddhism in clear and concise language that makes them easy to understand and apply to the modern world.

What sets this Buddha book apart:
  • Peace and purpose—Get the most out of your practice with simple explanations that help you truly internalize the core pillars of Buddhism.
  • Answers to big questions—Discover the origins of Buddhism and how the Buddha's words can help you ease suffering, express gratitude, and understand the nature of existence.
  • Freedom to practice your way—This book encourages you to adopt the teachings that resonate with you and set aside the ones that don't, so you can create your own relationship with Buddhism.

Immerse yourself in the core teachings of the Buddha with this relatable beginner's guide.
Emily Griffith Burke is a teacher with the Triangle Insight Meditation Community and the Mindful Families of Durham, NC. She is also a counselor with Kadampa Family Dharma Camp and administrator of her young adults Kalyana Mitta group. She previously served on the board of directors of the Triangle Insight Meditation Community. You can find Emily at
Product Details ISBN: 9781638781097
ISBN-10: 1638781095
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Publication Date: December 28th, 2021
Pages: 150
Language: English
"Whether you are new to Buddhist meditation or a seasoned practitioner, this book will enhance your understanding of the essential principles and practices of the Buddha. Emily's non-dogmatic approach captures the breadth and depth of these ancient core teachings while pointing out their relevance in approaching our contemporary struggles. The Buddha's Teachings for Beginners would make an excellent choice for anyone seeking a fresh new voice on the subject." —Ron Vereen, MD, co-founder and guiding teacher at Triangle Insight Meditation Community

"For those wanting a clearer understanding of what Buddha taught, this book offers a beautiful doorway into the fundamentals of Buddhist teachings. It's possible to practice things like mindfulness and/or lovingkindness without knowing the philosophical underpinnings of the Buddhist teachings. While practice on its own is beneficial, anyone curious about the transformative path of Buddhist practice will gain insight and wisdom from this book. Emily authentically covers the basics of essential Buddhist teachings: the Three Characteristics, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Noble Path, the Five Spiritual Faculties, and the Brahma Viharas. She includes some of the terms in Pali (an ancient north Indian language through which the teachings were transmitted), detailed descriptions, and modern interpretations and practices. A wonderful, generous offering!" —Eve Decker, Buddhist teacher, coach, and musician

"The Buddha's Teachings for Beginners is a clear, accessible, and inspiring introduction to the essential teachings of the Buddha. Whether you're a complete newcomer or someone who wants an excellent overview of the core principles shared by all the diverse schools of Buddhism, this book will speak to you in a way that opens your heart, quiets your mind, and gently challenges you to actualize our best human qualities—love, awareness, wisdom, and joy." —David Chernikoff, Insight Meditation Teacher and author of Life, Part Two: Seven Keys to Awakening with Purpose and Joy as you Age