This primer introduces the listener to the basics of Buddhism, provided in a straight-forward manner that helps the listener understand its basic tenants. Narrated by Ph.D. trained psychologist and Buddhist monk Jack Kornfield, the program starts where Buddhism started - with the story of Siddhartha's enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Kornfield then delves into the history of the religion, discussing topics like the different forms of Buddhism, the "Eightfold Path," the "Four Noble Truths" and the practice of mindfulness. Kornfield then walks the listener through several meditation practices designed to cultivate awareness and compassion. The program acts as a wonderful tool for providing a general foundation in Buddhist practice and sampling the sort of spiritual wisdom that is central in its traditions.