Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners

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by Jack Kornfield
     
 

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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

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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.

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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:
9781591798347
Publisher:
Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
104
Sales rank:
308,310
File size:
511 KB

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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

Jack Kornfield, PhD, trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught worldwide since 1974. He is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. He has written more than a dozen books including The Wise Heart; A Path With Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; and more.

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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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