Meditation for Beginners [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Meditation for Beginners

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Overview

NOTE: The ebook does not contain the spoken-word audio component included in the original printed edition.

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 complete course created especially for beginners, renowned teacher Jack Kornfield offers a straightforward, step-by-step method for bringing meditation into your life.

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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.\
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591798347
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 150,420
  • File size: 964 KB

Meet 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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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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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Ancient Art of Meditation 6
Chapter 2 Why Meditate? 10
Chapter 3 The Benefits of Meditation Practice 16
Chapter 4 Meditation 1: Connecting with the Breath 20
Chapter 5 Meditation 2: Working with the Sensations in the Body 28
Chapter 6 Meditation 3: Working with Feelings and Emotions 38
Chapter 7 Meditation 4: Witnessing Your Thoughts 50
Chapter 8 Meditation 5: Forgiveness Meditation 56
Chapter 9 Meditation 6: Lovingkindness Meditation 62
Chapter 10 Meditation 7: An Eating Meditation 68
Chapter 11 Meditation 8: A Walking Meditation 74
Chapter 12 Meditation and Social Responsibility 78
Chapter 13 How to Cultivate a Daily Meditation Practice 82
Additional Resources 86
About the Author 87
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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    Great for Beginners

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2005

    A Path I can follow

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2001

    Too much talk

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

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    Teachings from a master

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2009

    Decent for beginners

    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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