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Have you ever thought about trying meditation, but didn’t know how to get started? With Meditation for Beginners, trusted teacher Jack Kornfield shows you how simple it is to start—and stick with—a daily meditation practice.

“Insight” or vipassana meditation is the time-honored skill of calming the spirit and clearing the mind for higher understanding. Now, in this course created especially for beginners, Kornfield offers a straightforward, step-by-step method for bringing meditation into your life.

Using the meditations included in this book, you will discover how easy it is to use your breath, physical sensations—and even difficult emotions—to create tranquility and lovingkindness in your everyday life. These simple, elegant practices are so easy to learn that you will begin enjoying the benefits immediately—while laying the foundation for a lifetime of inner discovery and awakening.

“With humor and insight, Jack Kornfield patiently explains the Buddhist way to bring deep spirituality into your everyday life.”
—TRICYCLE magazine

Table of Contents:

Chapter One: The Ancient Art of Meditation
Chapter Two: Why Meditate?
Chapter Three: The Benefits of Meditation Practice
Chapter Four: Meditation 1: Connecting with the Breath
Chapter Five: Meditation 2: Working With Sensations in the Body
Chapter Six: Meditation 3: Working With Feelings and Emotion
Chapter Seven: Meditation 4: Witnessing Your Thoughts
Chapter Eight: Meditation 5: Forgiveness Meditation
Chapter Nine: Meditation 6: Loving Kindness Meditation
Chapter Ten: Meditation 7: An Eating Meditation
Chapter Eleven: Meditation 8: A Walking Meditation
Chapter Twelve: Meditation and Social Responsibility
Chapter Thirteen: How to Cultivate a Daily Meditation Practice

Excerpt:

Meditation for Beginners offers the central trainings and teachings found in the best Buddhist monasteries translated for Western society. In Meditation for Beginnings, you will find some of the simplest and most universal of the practices of meditation—in particular, the practices of mindfulness and lovingkindness.

The point of these teachings has nothing to do with becoming a Buddhist, or learning any Eastern ceremonies or rituals or bowing. The point is that you learn how to work with meditation in order to find benefits from it in your life. When we take time to quiet ourselves, we can all sense that our lives could be lived with greater compassion and greater wakefulness. To meditate is to support this inner potential and allow it to come forth into our lives.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 93 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; 1st edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591799422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591799429
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

RangerRob’s Meditation

14 helpful votes
 on October 23, 2011
By RangerRob
My partner and I are neophytes to meditation. This CD came highly recommended by a friend who has been meditating for years.

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 on July 16, 2017
By Vicky_comeaux
Brilliant book if it is within your interest. High quality and I recommend to anyone. Written very well

The Very Best Meditation DVD Available

5 helpful votes
 on May 20, 2009
By The Bodhiman
As a teacher of Buddhism and meditation, I have been using this film in my classes on An Introduction to Buddhism for years, even when it was available only on a video cassette. It is the best introduction to meditation that is available and Jack Kornfield is the best teacher you could hope to have teaching this important tool for gaining enlightenment and getting rid of one’s suffering. If you want to learn how to meditate and why it’s good for you, get this DVD. You’ll be both happy to did, and if you practice Kornfield’s methods, you’ll benefit tremendously.

Insightful

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 on January 30, 2017
By Kindle Customer
Well-reasoned and clearly written. Probably the best book on prayer I’ve read in quite some time, regardless of your faith tradition it is well worth a read

It explains how to meditate!

1 helpful vote
 on December 13, 2016
By Walter
My psychiater sad I should buy it. To me it is a little bit boring. Always the same. It is better to go online and google Jack Kornfield. He explains everything there too. Or you can search for Meditation beginning.

Five Stars

3 helpful votes
 on January 12, 2016
By Mere in Illinois
This is the best video on beginning meditation I’ve found! I got it for all my family members.

Five Stars

1 helpful vote
 on December 26, 2016
By AF
The CD it comes with is an excellent resource for a beginner.

Five Stars

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 on June 25, 2017
By Ricardo R, Diez-Pena
I LOVE IT

A great DVD.

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 on September 27, 2015
By L. Padula
Eckhart is one of the clearest teachers on spirituality. This DVD was excellent, as usual.