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Meditation for Beginners

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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
Jul 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jan 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism
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 rated it liked it  ·  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
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I set my audiobook timer for 15 min and it helped me sleep.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt this was a great beginning book for getting into meditation. The additional cd with guided meditations was an added bonus. There were times when I felt a little more depth was needed, but again, it is for beginners.
Read this during a Buddhist meditation course. It really helped bring a lot of concepts together for me about the purpose of meditation in the context of Buddhist philosophy, in a very accessible and practical way.
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
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bob-s-book
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
Yolanda Ruiz
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for everyone interested in meditation and mindfulness. Short, clear, to the point, insightful...
Nice volume with a CD that is super relaxing and I found actually helpful.
Jul 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian, buddhist
It was okay. Would be helpful for a brand new meditator. Not at all a religious or new age nut job kind of book.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good at giving tips, however when I was just beginning it took forever for me to quit falling asleep, regardless of what I did. I couldn't reach the level that I desired. It was through practice and finding my own peace, that I was able to achieve this.
Xavier Francis
This book is good for exposing newbies on the different types of meditation and how to use them. I was a little disappointed because I thought it would entail research and studies related to the benefits of meditation. Thus, it teaches you the "how" but it barely covers the "why."
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book made me realize I dint count as a beginner with meditations any more...
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It does make you very at ease, and makes you relax. However I did feel that some of what Jack Kornfield was saying was just to out there.
Sophie G.A
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect if you want to start meditating
This is a great beginner book. Well organized and easy to read/ follow. The CD for exercises leaves a little to be desired, but the book was worth the read.
Amy Brown
I read this book on my phone, which is perhaps the least relaxing way to read anything. Nonetheless, it was a short, pleasant, and clear introduction on getting started with meditation. The author describes a few different focuses for meditation, and walks you through what to expect.

I like the tone of the writing. Appropriately, it's calm, restful, forgiving, with moments of gentle humour. "What can you do when the feeling of restlessness is really strong? You can continue to sit and 'Okay, kill
Thomas Hayes
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book helps to strengthen your sense of mindfulness and being present.
Nick Fagerlund
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was fast. It looks like this is the meditation book to go for! Shout-out to Suzanne at work for the rec.

I have a few tiny quibbles with it, mostly about the anecdotes he sometimes uses to illustrate a point. (They seem slightly random, and also my eyebrow always goes up when someone mentions Carlos Castenada with a straight face.) But those are rare (maybe one or two a chapter) and brief, and aside from them, this is a really remarkable amount of useful, practical information packed i
Mariyan Traykov
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an amazing little gem! The book is very short and reads very quickly. It is an introductory but in my opinion contains all the important things one needs to know on the matter of vipassana/mindfulness meditation. Jack Kornfield's style is warm and reading the book one could sense his wisdom and compassionate way of teaching. The book is full of practical advice, as well. And the best part of it is the audio CD which goes with the book. It was the first time I like a guided meditatio ...more
Mark Hiser
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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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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