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Meditation for Beginners
     

Meditation for Beginners

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by Jack Kornfield
 

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Step-By-Step Meditation for Beginners

Course objectives:

  • Discuss the art of beginning meditation through the awareness of the breath, body, thoughts and feelings.
  • Practice presence and mindfulness through specific guided meditations.
  • Utilize the qualities of kindness, understanding, patience and love in meditation.

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Step-By-Step Meditation for Beginners

Course objectives:

  • Discuss the art of beginning meditation through the awareness of the breath, body, thoughts and feelings.
  • Practice presence and mindfulness through specific guided meditations.
  • Utilize the qualities of kindness, understanding, patience and love in meditation.
  • Analyze the process of opening to our difficulties as the path to freedom.
  • Explain the Four Noble Truths in relationship to guided meditation practices.

Have you ever thought about trying meditation, but didn't know how to get started? On Meditation for Beginners, renowned teacher Jack Kornfield uses clear language and step-by-step guidance to show us how to start—and stick with—a daily meditation practice. From the basics of how to get started to dealing with distractions, this complete course introduces us to the Insight tradition of meditation that has helped practitioners throughout the ages cultivate profound inner calm and a lasting capacity for happiness.

Available in three formats, Meditation for Beginners offers us a variety of entry points into this life-changing practice. In the DVD edition, we join Jack in a live 99-minute session that brings you the experience of a meditation retreat in your living room. With the integrated book and CD, Jack shares teachings based on the original video program plus six guided practices on audio. The two-CD audio program distills the information from the DVD and integrated book-and-CD course, providing four guided meditations for those ready to dive right in to practice. Topics covered in each program include:

  • How to use breathing, posture, and attention to enter the meditative state
  • Simple and effective strategies for dealing with "busy brain," and other common challenges in meditation
  • How meditation can help you deepen compassion, find healing through forgiveness, and dissolve your fear of death
  • Four cornerstone meditations for your practice—from resting in the moment to experiencing lovingkindness, and more

With his gentle delivery and ability to translate ancient practices for modern audiences, Jack Kornfield has become one of the most accessible and sought-after teachers for helping first-time meditators get their start. Now you can begin to develop the foundational skills to start your practice immediately—and discover the life-changing power of meditation for yourself—with Meditation for Beginners.


Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Kornfield, an ordained Buddhist monk, seasoned master, and author, conducts a series of five sessions on Vipassanna, or insight meditation. Vipassana shows how to incorporate Buddhist teaching into everyday living experiences, such as eating, driving, and walking. Kornfield instructs his class on developing an awareness of the present in order to reawaken the capacity to live more fully, compassionately, wisely, and lovingly. General audiences aspiring to a higher spiritual plane will find this an effective, practical, and enlightening course by a sensitive guide with a great sense of humor. The program is a bit lengthy, allowing time for meditation and class participation. It is not for the hurried. It also requires perseverance, as does any worthy self-actualization program. Its only detraction is the nearly inaudible students' comments and questions.-- Barbara J. Vaughan, State Univ. Coll. at Buffalo Lib., N.Y.\
From the Publisher

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

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591797845
Publisher:
Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2010
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
2
Sales rank:
226,500
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.70(d)

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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.

Meet the Author

Jack Kornfield was trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught around the world since 1974. He also holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and of the Spirit Rock Center. He lives in northern California.

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Meditation for Beginners 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JennyGirl More than 1 year ago
Jack Kornfield has a wonderful voice and is very soothing. This CD set if very informative for beginner's looking to get into meditation. I have since purchased his six CD set, as it goes further in-depth with meditation and the meditation exercises.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jack is a wonderful teacher. He combines the best of both--an excellent guide in beginning to meditate and his stories and experience help you to understand what the purpose of meditation is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
He rambles on entirely too much! Just when you think you're about to start the next meditation, there'll be a long pause, then he'll ramble on about this story or that story. I will say that he has a very calming voice, but he needs to know when it's time to speak or when it's time to pause. I became so frustrated by this, that I ended up buying something else.
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Jack is one of the grandfathers of the 'Mindfulness Movement' and has taught vipassana meditation to thousands. His words convey the subtle essence of the path of mindfulness - and it is all in the subtlety of meaning. Read and listen to everything by Jack.
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I am new to meditation... I have been practicing a lot and took a few tips from both the book and the CD. Still looking for more tips that stick though.
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