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Meditation for Beginners

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,106 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Meditation is a doorway to freedom-a doorway that is open to anyone, at any time. Meditation for Beginners introduces you to this ancient art, and shows you, step-by-step, how it can help you feel truly alive and connected with the treasure each moment brings. In this complete video beginners' course, Jack Kornfield introduces you to the "insight" practice of meditation. B ...more
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Published August 1st 2000 by Sounds True (first published June 1st 1998)
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Danny Kelly
Jul 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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. ...more
Roan Steward
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Marie Peebles
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
Accessible and unpretentious.
Consuelo Culver
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A humble book review of one of the books to read during quarantine isolation lockdown that will help you explore your feelings and emotions with loving kindness.

Start your own self-care and self-awareness journey with Jack Kornfield easy meditation in his book, Meditation for Beginners.

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Jan 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Short simple guide. Relatively little hype.
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great intro to meditation. I learned a lot in the short two hours of audio. I plan to listen again, this time all in one sitting. Highly recommend!
Clif Brittain
Jan 29, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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
While I've meditated for a number of years now, I felt that this text offered new insights. I discovered how a person can deal with intrusive thoughts - just acknowledge them/don't beat yourself, and bring your your attention back to your breath. You can't fight your thoughts so don't try to.

I appreciated the section on mindful eating meditation which has you focusing on different aspects of the experience, utilizing all your senses, and paying attention to the different voices at place (i.e. "t
Kimberly W
A good, simple overview of the basics of meditation. While I don't think I learned anything particularly new, you can't really have too much of a good foundation for practice. I especially appreciated the chapter on an eating meditation. ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I set my audiobook timer for 15 min and it helped me sleep.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 24, 2017 added it
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.
Ricardo Costa
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great for begginers

Simple but effective. It's a great book for someone who wants to start meditation. If you already know how to meditate this is not for you
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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

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
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
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
X-Man Francis
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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." ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This audiobook was fantastic! I learned a lot about meditation and enjoyed listening to the author's peaceful wisdom and experiences. It included 4 short guided meditations that were great practice. I will definitely listen to this book over and over again as I continue to learn how to meditate. ...more
Jan 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Nice volume with a CD that is super relaxing and I found actually helpful.
Jul 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: asian
It was okay. Would be helpful for a brand new meditator. Not at all a religious or new age nut job kind of book.
Yolanda Blanch Ruiz
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must read for everyone interested in meditation and mindfulness. Short, clear, to the point, insightful...
Emily Culver
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book takes a very simple and straightforward approach to teaching you where to get started. It is more like a workbook than a text- you could probably read the whole book in less than an hour. It contains a few introductory chapter and then eight different meditations. I would read a chapter and try out that meditation before moving on.

One meditation was paying attention to the sensations in the body and noticing them come and go. This was probably the most enjoyable and cool experience fo
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
This books introduces the Vipassana meditation. The first chapters give reasons to practise this form of meditation, then explain how to connect with your breath, with the sensations in your body, with your feelings or emotions and finally with your thoughts.
Up to this point I was quite satisfied with this book. But the next chapters disappoitend me as the author went more and more in esoteric consideration. He lost me at the point where he claims prayers helped to heal patients.
If possible, I w
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I could only give this book this rating because it only made me feel 3Star. I really like Jack Kornfield, but for some reason, there were times when I caught myself either drifting off or agitated. I'm not sure if I was bored (hearing info I've already heard before) or if his words hit a nerve. I truly enjoyed his first meditation and his last meditation. I think it might be worth re-listening to this audiobook at a later time. It's possible that it is the kind of subject that you can only diges ...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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