A charmingly written, highly accessible beginner’s guide to Buddhism by an Australian who was ordained in 1982 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Buddhism is one of the fastest-growing religion. 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 humour and flavour. 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. Venerable Adrienne Howley was ordained in 1982 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1993 she took the highest ordination vows possible form a Vienamese Buddhist master, thus becoming one of the very few western women in the world to have done so. A former nurse and the mother of two sons, has sailed around the world, survived a life-threatening cancer, and is the author of a biography of noted Australian poet, Dorothea Mackellar.