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Meditation for Beginners

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  953 ratings  ·  80 reviews
For readers who have thought about trying meditation but weren't sure how to get started, Meditation for Beginners presents a complete introduction to "Insight" meditation with bestselling author and trusted teacher Jack Kornfield. Through step-by-step instruction in everything from breathing, posture, and attention to working with difficult emotions and physical discomfor ...more
Paperback, 93 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Sounds True (first published June 1st 1998)
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Danny Kelly
This is a perfect book for those who have never practiced meditation before. Although it is a relatively short and simple book, it actually took me much longer to get through than other longer books I have read. The reason is that there was so much educational and instructional value, and I took notes, and I would put it down for a bit to practice the principles I had just read.

I also appreciated that Kornfield does not approach meditation instruction with any type of push or bias towards any s
Alex Wilson
I have been meditating my whole life & my friends always wanted to know how I did it. How I stayed so calm with everything. I bought this book for my close friend & he's a changed man. I've never seen him so calm & relaxed. He doesn't stress anymore. We all meditate in our own way but this book is GREAT for showing you how to start the process. I couldn't be happier with the end result it has given my husband. Thank you Jack Kornfield.
Roan Steward
My partner and I are neophytes to meditation. This CD came highly recommended by a friend who has been meditating for years.
Kornfield leads through the process in a very comforting manner. His advice on how to stop "outside thought" enroaching was amazingly valuable - so simple and yet so effective!
Trying several directions on meditation from books beforehand with relatively little success and a lot of frustration, Jack Kornfield was a breath of fresh air. Remembering what it was like for him as a meditational novice, he starts beginners at square one, offering reassurance that your failings are part of the process. The book comes with a CD in which Jack Kornfield himself gives a brief meditational session, guiding you with his voice throughout in soothing tones to help you get started. A ...more
Clif Brittain
Jan 29, 2010 Clif Brittain rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yoga practitioners wishing to extend their practice into mental/spiritual realms.
Recommended to Clif by: Book - Jesus in the Lotus
When I was in college, I tried Transcendental Meditation. Then I got busy and dropped it. I regret that I did, but after a third of a century, I'm back.

This book is good and simple. I would give it a higher rating, but I don't know how well it works yet, so I may revisit the rating.

I meditated for the first time for 20 minutes. The book is vague on what a good meditation time is. I did 20 minutes because that's what I remember as the TM time. It was a very, very long 20 minutes. First, there was
Sonja Arlow
I bought this book almost 3 years ago and it took that long to work through each chapter ….Yes I know that’s not very Zen of me.

I would recommend this to anyone who would like to explore the practice of meditation as the content is not to over the top and more importantly the book comes with a CD that allows you, after each chapter, to practice what you read with the guidance of a master. It gently reminds you through your meditation to re-focus and (vital to a restless beginner like me) indica
this was a nice, basic book that seems like an excellent primer for beginners who want to learn how to meditate. But I found out after I bought the Kindle edition that the printed book comes with a CD. I wish that had been stated more clearly on amazon's Kindle shop.

I am looking to begin meditation after starting--and giving up--more than 20 years ago. This book lives up to its promise of starting from scratch. Kornfield intertwines basic,understandable tenets of Bhuddist philosophy and reassuri
Natalie Shawver
For someone who knew nothing about mindfulness, this book was absolutely wonderful. It was simple and short. Each chapter focuses on a different meditation or skill to learn for your mindfulness practice, and made everything easy for me to relate to. Before I picked up this book, I was concerned it would be totally focused on Buddhism practices and ideas/philosophies that went over my head--I was pleasantly surprised that my experience was the exact opposite. In addition to the simple breakdown ...more
Ally Atherton

I have always been interested in things of a spiritual nature and this is a good beginners guide to Meditation. It comes complete with a CD of guided meditations to go along with the book. However I only listened to meditation 'one' and found it easier to just read the book itself. It is easy to follow and is focussed on 'Insight' or 'Vipassana' meditation and I have enjoyed following this programme. I am hoping to continue to use it on a daily basis. I like the idea and think it could have lots
zen buddhism and meditation have been coming up a lot in my life so i grabbed this from the hands of bob to read before her. which i think worked out because she then started reading the four agreements which she has totally embraced and shared with me so we cross fertilized.

anyway, this is a simple little book with lots of exercises for meditation and not too much theory. it also comes with a cd of guided meditations which i haven't listened to yet. Having just finished reading the art of zen
Steve Woods
This is a really simple and accessible introduction. It's one of those immutable laws of life, and my own experience that if you just follow these instructions with honesty an open mind and willingness it will all come together. Meditation is about getting to know who we are, about waking up and then giving up old our old ways of being. It can happen for anyone, it is the key to the chains of the bondage of self. Consistency same time same place every day for 20 minutes no matter what you feel l ...more
♥ Ibrahim ♥
To begin with, the author does have the gift of teaching and he an excellent communicator at that. He is the kind I can hear for hours at a time and never get bored. It is evident that he is gentle and warm-hearted. He starts from the very basic and makes meditation really enjoyable and not as intimidating as I thought it might be. The main chapter that explains the how-to is chapter 4 "Connecting with the Breath". Indeed, meditation can be done and it has lots of benefits according to all well- ...more
It was okay. Would be helpful for a brand new meditator. Not at all a religious or new age nut job kind of book.
a very nice small book on meditation for beginners, with meditation practices included on a CD that comes with the book, written in simple kind words. it covers in brief all the necessary aspects to start practicing meditation, mindfulness, and lovingkindness.

here are some subjects of the book chapters: Why Meditate? The Benefits of Meditation Practice. Connecting with the Breath. Working with Sensations in the Body, with Feelings and Emotions, with Thoughts. Forgiveness Meditation, Eating Medit
Nice volume with a CD that is super relaxing and I found actually helpful.
Years ago, I practiced yoga and meditation almost daily. For some reason, I let the business of life get in the way of mindfulness practice. Recently, I felt the urge to again take 30-40 minutes a day to sit in stillness. This short book on meditation is a good refresher as well as a good resource for learning the practice of meditation. After a brief introduction to the history and benefits of meditation, the author carefully describes eight basic approaches to sitting in stillness. If you have ...more
A basic primer for those who are not acquainted with meditation. The book has two sections that admix simple theoretical background of Buddhism with practical aspects necessary to practise mindfulness meditation. I'd also suggest supplementing with the CD or audiobook version; though there are some discrepancies overall very useful for someone who is interested to start meditation. And of course Jack Kornfield, with his years of experience in meditation is an engaging and valued teacher.
I heard so much of meditation and its benefits I wanted to try it out and found this book on Amazon. It's amazing! It's what I expected it to be and when I hear the guided meditations it's always remembering me what to focus on through my meditation practice to stay present.
Bobbie Brown
I think I'll visit my new friend Lauren at 900 Anderson today and her 3 gorgeous kids, 2 girls and a boy, cute strawberry blonde kiddos. Also, Loss, Debbie and Lauren, Megan and little baby blonde Riker, he's so cute, adorable baby, into everything! SOOOO cute!
This book is amazing. The narrator's voice sounds a little hippie-ish but it's really great stuff. My favorite part was the last CD, where Kornfield distinguishes the difference between equanimity and indifference, pity and compassion, love and attachment, etc.
Kristal Cooper
I found the informational sections to be interesting, but the Buddha-babble won't likely stick with me. Same goes with the guided meditation sessions that were sprinkled throughout -- he did a bit too much talking and not enough sharing of basic practice methods that I'll be able to remember and use in the future.
Excellent beginners guide to meditation, but also good for people with some experience. As I continue to read and practice, I find different tips and learnings from all the books I read. Now for more practice.
Sarah Spitler
This book was informative, but Kornfield narrates like he is talking to a kindergartener. Also, he says "gee" a lot. As in, "gee, it really makes me laugh when people say 'gee'".
I would advise it to anybody who wants to know themself more. The book gives very good practices for experiencing our inner feelings and thoughts in a safe manner.
Belinda Bekkers
This books gives a comprehensive introduction to vipassana meditation. It is easy to understand and gives explanations on a number of different meditation techniques. This will definitely be a book I will refer to often as I continue to explore meditation.
Parts of this book were helpful, especially in the first third, but after that, not so much so.
It is a brief read, and to the point. No filler. I recommend it if you're looking for something on MINDFULLNESS meditation. Otherwise, look elsewhere.
Lauren Paulsen
Delivers thoughtful insight into ways that we can improve ourselves through meditation. Sage advice that I wish to follow.
A great book about several ways to begin your meditation practice.
Great book! A very easy read for someone that is looking into meditation. Jack Kornfield makes it seem so easy and doable. Plus this comes with a CD of meditations. I can't wait to read more from Jack Kornfield
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Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He began his training after graduating from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies in 1967. Then he joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to the Public Health Service in no ...more
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