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Meditation for Beginners [Paperback]

Jack Kornfield
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Book Description

Aug. 1 2008

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.


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



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.

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

"It's encouraging to find Westerners who've sufficiently assimilated the traditions of the East to be able to share them with others as Jack is doing" - HH the Dalai Lama

"Jack Kornfield is a remarkable and thoughtful teacher"
- Sogyal Rinpoche

About the Author

Jack Kornfield is an author, psychologist, and one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist practice to the West.  After graduating in Asian studies from Dartmouth College in 1967, he trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India.  In 1975, Kornfield cofounded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and later, the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California.  He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.  His books include A Path With Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; The Art of Forgiveness; and most recently The Wise Heart.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Meditation tape Aug. 25 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
After reading "A Path with Heart" by Jack Kornfield, I found his audio tape to be very informative. If you are having doubts about how to pursue meditation and spiritual life, I would highly recommend this audio. I can never listen to it too often. Jack has a wonderful way of getting his point across.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great and informative for beginners May 18 2009
This is an easy and informative read for beginners to meditation. Everything is broken down and accomplished in steps. Jack Kornfield is an excellent meditation teacher. Having both the book to read, and the audio CD to listen to, I found this product amazing, helping me to bring more peace and focus to my life. I have recommended it to many of my friends who are interested in learning about meditation.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kwan Yin Society highly recommends these tapes... June 10 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
Jack Kornfield is perhaps the most gifted meditation teacher in the West. His humor, compassion, clarity and insight make this tape series a life-long treasure. Perfect for anyone who is new to meditation or who wantsmore peace and compassion to stream from the heart.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helps me sleep Aug. 17 2009
Format:Audio CD
I really enjoy the meditation for beginners CDs. I listen to them when I got to bed. They help me relax and I drift off to sleep everytime; in fact I have yet to hear the end of the CD! In the past when going to bed my mind would race through the events of the day and I would toss and turn and never get to sleep. Now I relax and drift off every night and awaken the next day feeling refreshed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short ans sweet, right to the point. Jan. 27 2013
By Quill
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It simply teaches you how to meditate and what to do when you meditate. An excellent book for anyone who would like to start meditating. Because meditation itself is not a super complicated science this book is somewhat short, but I read it over a period of 3 months, spending around 1 week per chapter/lesson. This is not to be read all at once, you have to read one chapter, and practice until you get it, and then move on to the next chapter. Peeking also is not suggested since it will slow down learning.
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