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4.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 5 4.24 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Venerable Adrienne Howley Narrator: Deidre Rubenstein Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN:
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For many, simply the mention of the name Buddhism brings to mind the obscure and occluded. Around for thousands of years, there is much mystery and mythology about what the practices and the purposes of Buddhism truly are.

If you have always wanted to learn more about Buddhism, but did not know where to start, this is the perfect primer. Written in a style deceptively simple, author Adrienne Howley leads us on a journey into the past with flair, earthiness, and a good sense of humor.

Her purposes are to make Buddhism a religion which is tangible, to reveal that the veil of ritual and iconography matter less than the basic tenets of Buddhism. Those tenets she explains in a manner clear and enlightening for the Western audience.

Howley includes a list of questions that she believes beginners may have. And indeed, the answers include Howley's understanding that Buddhism is more a single perspective of the world than it is a religion.

If new to Eastern religions, and confounded by texts thus far, this is an unfettered introduction that will give the audience confidence in understanding one view of the world, and in that world - a new view of themselves.

Ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1982, Adrienne Howley took in 1993 the highest ordination vows from a Vietnamese Buddhist master. She is a former nurse and a mother of two, a survivor of cancer, and a traveler who has sailed around the world.

Buddhism is the fastest-growing religion in Australia. For the many people who are interested in learning more about it, here is a primer on Buddhism and Buddhist practice written in a deceptively simple manner, with an engaging, gentle humor and flavor. Adrienne Howley's purpose is to demystify Buddhism, stripping away the layers of ritual and iconography that have grown up around it over the centuries, and to present the original, basic tenets and practices in a way that will be appealing to Western readers. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 12/24/2013

    " I am enjoying this thus far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/6/2013

    " A very informative book about Buddha and the origins of the Buddhist philosophy. Intriguing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronn | 10/27/2013

    " I loved this book as a stripped down look at the fundamentals of Buddhist principles. Really good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 3/18/2013

    " * * * * * Marvelous book, beautifully written. This is a book I will revisit many times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casandra | 2/24/2013

    " A very informative look at Buddhism for the non-buddhist!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cam | 2/12/2013

    " The most concise, practical introduction to Buddhism that I have ever read... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Ketterlinus | 10/24/2012

    " Very easy to understand, practical introduction to Buddha and related teachings. Debunked myths and offers practical use of his teachings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 8/25/2012

    " I loved the practical, no non-sense quality of this book. It was exactly what I was looking for in regard to explanations without the religious mythology attached to Buddhism. Awesome read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 7/25/2012

    " This is a beautiful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zack Czengoldi | 7/10/2012

    " Refreshing, well-written and instructive. Removes the baggage that has gathered around this subject over the last couple thousand years, or so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Cobb | 5/16/2012

    " A pretty good high level book. Some interesting ideas. A bit too much reincarnation for my taste. But all in all a pretty good primer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 12/19/2011

    " Good overview of the fundamental aspects of Buddhism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Little | 9/29/2011

    " A very good philosophical overview of Buddhism from a Buddhist nun. For someone just beginning practice, I'd call this an invaluable introduction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 8/2/2011

    " I borrowed this book from a library and lost it, then years later it popped up again. A basic, no nonsense review of Buddha's teachings stripped of cultural and religious interpretations. That's why it's called 'naked'. Nothing kinky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 3/13/2011

    " Well written and understandable for the layperson. Will have to reread several times to absorb! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Hartsough | 12/26/2010

    " Good reference and well-written. This stays in my library! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zack | 10/28/2010

    " Refreshing, well-written and instructive. Removes the baggage that has gathered around this subject over the last couple thousand years, or so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 8/7/2010

    " Well written and understandable for the layperson. Will have to reread several times to absorb! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 2/17/2010

    " Very easy to understand, practical introduction to Buddha and related teachings. Debunked myths and offers practical use of his teachings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casandra | 12/26/2009

    " A very informative look at Buddhism for the non-buddhist!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 11/13/2009

    " A very good philosophical overview of Buddhism from a Buddhist nun. For someone just beginning practice, I'd call this an invaluable introduction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/11/2009

    " A very informative book about Buddha and the origins of the Buddhist philosophy. Intriguing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cam | 8/12/2008

    " The most concise, practical introduction to Buddhism that I have ever read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 2/26/2008

    " I borrowed this book from a library and lost it, then years later it popped up again. A basic, no nonsense review of Buddha's teachings stripped of cultural and religious interpretations. That's why it's called 'naked'. Nothing kinky. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 8/18/2007

    " I am enjoying this thus far. "

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