I was looking for a good beginner's book on Buddhism, and found it with this one. Thubten Chodron did an excellent job in teaching the basics of Buddhism, it's history, and the difference in interpretations by various nations. She breaks down the chapters into various topics, from "Meditation" to "Social Activism & Ethical Issues." Each chapter is composed of Q&A's, like "What is karma? How does it work?" After reading this book, I got a great idea of how Buddhists view their world. This book is rather brief (150 pages) but it accomplishes it's intended purpose well.
These are questions and then their answers by a Tibetan Buddhist nun. And they are very very good. Because they are questions that students rarely ask. Some issues seem remote from Buddhism.
But they are not. So this book is a real gem. But it should have included a really good prelude to each of the 21 chapters.
One feels a little like one missed the main discussion and arrived only for the question and answer period. Please buy
"Open Heart, Clear Mind" by the author and make these two books a dynamic duo.