Meditation for Beginners

Category: Book
By (author): Kornfield, Jack
Subject:  RELIGION / Buddhism / Rituals & Practice
  RELIGION / General
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated, Sounds True
Published: August 2008
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 7.99in x 5.98in x 0.50in
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From The Publisher*

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.

From The Publisher*Over the past decade,the number of Buddhist meditation centers in the U.S. has more than doubled. Many more meditators practice in the Christian,Jewish,transcendental,and other traditions. Until now,however,surprisingly few teaching aids have shown beginning practitioners the most fundamental techniques of meditation. Meditation for Beginners fills that niche - with clear,authentic instructions from one of America's most trusted and beloved teachers. Created specifically for beginners,this complete introduction to meditation features four classical mindfulness exercises. The vipassana, or insight,practice on which these are based is said to have originated with the Buddha himself - yet it lends itself gracefully to a wide range of spiritual traditions,both secular and religious. On Meditation for Beginners, Jack Kornfield teaches this ancient practice in its purest form,making meditation easy to understand and practice for even those with no previous experience or spiritual context. Clearly articulated and skillfully presented,Meditation for Beginners is designed to bring the peace and power of mindfulness into listener' everyday lives. It is the definitive resource for anyone who ever thought about learning to meditate,but lacked the information they needed to start.
Review Quote*"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
Biographical Note

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.