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The Buddha said that you can’t develop wise perspective and freedom through ideas alone – you need to test the truth in your own experience. Drawing on 14 years of experience leading classes, courses and retreats, Sagaraghosa has created an engaging and practical guide to transforming your life through Buddhist practice. Without jargon, and delightfully illustrated throughout, her book provides a starting point for adults, young and old, who have an interest in Buddhism and are looking for a way to improve their lives and relationships.

Starting on the Buddhist Path serves as an invitation to embark on an inner journey, one that leads to insights and transformative experiences. With eloquence and clarity, Sagaraghosa gently introduces readers to the fundamental principles and practices of Buddhism, demystifying complex concepts and making them applicable to our modern lives.

Through the pages of this book, the author guides readers the essential teachings of compassion, mindfulness, and wisdom. She offers practical techniques to cultivate inner peace, overcome suffering, and develop a deep sense of connection to oneself and the world around us.

In a world overwhelmed by stress, materialism, and the constant pursuit of external validation, many individuals find themselves yearning for a deeper sense of purpose, inner peace, and genuine happiness. It is in this quest for fulfilment that “Starting on The Buddhist Path” by Sagaraghosa emerges as a beacon of wisdom, offering profound insights and practical guidance to those seeking to embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery.

In this blog post, we will explore why “Starting on The Buddhist Path” stands out as a remarkable book, delving into its invaluable teachings and highlighting the reasons why it is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring Buddhism and cultivating a more meaningful life.

  1. An Accessible Gateway to Buddhism:

One of the book’s greatest strengths lies in Sagaraghosa’s ability to present the teachings of Buddhism in a manner that is both accessible and relatable. By weaving together personal anecdotes, practical exercises, and clear explanations, the author ensures that readers from all walks of life can grasp the core principles and concepts of Buddhism without feeling overwhelmed or alienated.

  1. A Comprehensive Guide to Fundamental Teachings:

“Starting on The Buddhist Path” offers a comprehensive exploration of Buddhism’s fundamental teachings, making it an ideal resource for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Sagaraghosa skilfully elucidates the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, and the essential principles of compassion, mindfulness, and wisdom.

By dissecting these profound concepts and illustrating their relevance to our daily lives, the author empowers readers to integrate the teachings into their own spiritual journeys. Through practical techniques and transformative meditations, Sagaraghosa equips readers with the tools necessary to overcome suffering, cultivate inner peace, and develop a genuine sense of interconnectedness.

  1. Universality Beyond Religious Boundaries:

While deeply rooted in Buddhist philosophy, “Starting on The Buddhist Path” transcends religious boundaries, making it accessible and applicable to individuals of all spiritual orientations. Sagaraghosa’s compassionate approach and universal language allow the wisdom contained within the pages to resonate with readers, regardless of their personal beliefs.

By distilling the essence of Buddhism, the book offers a broader perspective on human existence, compassion, and self-discovery. This universality allows readers to integrate the teachings into their own spiritual practices, fostering personal growth, and facilitating a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.

  1. Practical Techniques for Daily Life:

“Starting on The Buddhist Path” goes beyond theory, providing readers with practical techniques to incorporate Buddhist principles into their daily lives. Sagaraghosa offers insightful guidance on incorporating mindfulness into daily activities, developing compassion for oneself and others, and cultivating wisdom to navigate life’s challenges.

The author’s emphasis on the practical application of Buddhist teachings ensures that readers can directly experience the transformative power of these practices. By encouraging readers to take what they learn on the page and put it into action, Sagaraghosa facilitates a deeper integration of the teachings, leading to profound personal growth and lasting positive change.

  1. An Inspiring and Empowering Journey:

Through her heartfelt and eloquent writing style, Sagaraghosa inspires readers to embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth. Each chapter invites introspection, encouraging readers to explore their own beliefs, thoughts, and actions.

By sharing personal stories and insights, the author creates a connection with readers, making the journey feel relatable and attainable. The book acts as a supportive companion, guiding readers through challenges, offering encouragement, and igniting a sense of curiosity and wonder as they explore the depths of their own being.

“Starting on The Buddhist Path” by Sagaraghosa stands out as an exceptional book that offers a profound guide to inner transformation. Through its accessible approach, comprehensive teachings, universal wisdom, practical techniques, and inspiring narratives, the book empowers readers to embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery, mindfulness, and compassion.

Whether you are new to Buddhism or have been on a spiritual path for years, this book serves as a valuable resource, providing guidance and support as you navigate life’s challenges and cultivate a deeper sense of purpose and fulfilment. Sagaraghosa’s wisdom and heartfelt writing will leave a lasting impact, guiding you towards a more meaningful and enlightened existence.

As you immerse yourself in the pages of “Starting on The Buddhist Path,” be prepared to embark on an extraordinary adventure of self-discovery and spiritual awakening, where profound insights and transformative experiences await.

Starting on the Buddhist Path is due for publication in September 2023, but you can pre-order it now.

About the author

Sagaraghosa Rosemary Tennison is an English Buddhist teacher. Since her ordination in 2005, she has led courses in meditation and Buddhism for newcomers, and led study on a wide variety of Buddhist topics, both at the Cambridge Buddhist Centre. She delights in making the teachings of the Buddha accessible to as many people as possible and thereby changing their lives for the better. To do this, she uses imaginative approaches and encourages people to try things out and reflect on their experience. This is the book she wished she had when she first encountered Buddhism


In Starting on the Buddhist Path, Sagaraghosa is inviting us to see and experience for ourselves the jewel that is Buddhism. Her writing is simple and evocative, and at the same time radiant with the wisdom of the Buddhist tradition. She shows us so many different glittering facets of this precious jewel – the Buddha, his teachings, the Spiritual Community, the historical development of Buddhism, iconography and ritual, the wisdom teachings that help us to gain Enlightenment ourselves. Full of examples, poems, and stories, ancient and new, this wonderful book is well recommended for anyone, young or old, interested in travelling the Buddhist path to freedom. – Vajrashura, Buddhist teacher in the Triratna Buddhist Community’

Starting on the Buddhist Path takes you by the hand – especially if you’re new to Buddhism – and guides you, with great care and thoughtfulness, through Buddhist teachings and practices. As well as telling you what Buddhism says, it will help you explore why its teachings could be important for you – right now and in your life as a whole. – Vishvapani Blomfield, author of Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of the Awakened One 

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