Buddhism for Beginners

New to Buddhism and Meditation? Or just wondering where to begin on Tharpa.com? Here we have collected together a range of books and audio products that are a great place to start. They show how the practice of Buddhism and meditation can easily be integrated with daily life.

Also, be sure to check out the useful links at the bottom of the page.


Books to begin with...

Available in print, ebook and audio format    

Introduction to Buddhism
The New Meditation Handbook
Eight Steps to Happiness
How to Solve Our Human Problems
Transform Your Life
Mahamudra Tantra

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Featured book: Modern Buddhism

Modern Buddhism


This remarkable book reveals how by developing and maintaining compassion and wisdom in our daily life we can use all aspects of Buddhism – from the most basic to the most profound – to solve our daily problems, improve our relationships with others, and look behind appearances to see the way things really are and experience a lasting inner peace and happiness. An inspiring handbook of daily practice.

Enlightenment is the inner light of wisdom that is permanently free from all mistaken appearance, and whose function is to bestow mental peace upon each and every living being every day.

From Modern Buddhism, p.30 by
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Guided Meditations - The Living Meditation Series

Available as CD or MP3 download

This meditation series provides a comprehensive introduction to meditation and is suitable for complete beginners.


Learn meditations to:

  • Relax body and mind (Meditations for Relaxation)
  • Achieve inner peace and mental clarity (Meditations for a Clear Mind)
  • Develop a kind an patient attitude (Meditations for a Kind Heart)
The Meditations for Everyday Life box set includes all of the above.

Each set includes:

  • 3 Guided meditations led by an experienced meditator
    (9 meditations in total)
  • 16 page booklet with techniques on how to improve your meditation
  • Available as mail-order CDs or downloadable MP3s

I find this CD really helpful after a tiring day's work.

Kim from Liverpool

I found it an excellent first step. Easy to follow and informative.

Paul from Hull

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