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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


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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 93 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; 1st edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591799422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591799429
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

Wonderful for Children

 on June 15, 2015
By Amanda Curl
This book is exactly as titled. Meditation for Beginners. I have been practicing and teaching mediation for quite some time, and am currently using this book and CD in the Behavioral Health Center for children I work at. I bought this book and CD to help me facilitate meditation classes when I can not be there for class due to other job responsibilities. Last class I could not be present. I gave the cd to a entry level staff member and asked him to facilitate the class for me by playing the CD, which he did. I followed up with him today and the children and they loved it. The message and instruction was very easy to follow. I instructed the staff member to only do the first meditation because I wasn’t sure if the kids were prepared for the other meditations. Well, after the first meditation the kids begged him to let them do more. Turns out that these kids with ADHD, Aggression, Impulse Control, Depression, PTSD, you name it they ended up meditating for over 30 minutes (willingly!!) and were able to do it without a qualified teacher present.

Kindle Version NO AUDIO

 on July 6, 2014
By Nelwyn Clack
The Kindle version does not include audio, which was a bit of a distraction since the audio is mentioned quite frequently.

What about my CD though?

 on March 7, 2017
By Teemaree
The book is good, the information is great. But I felt cheated about not receiving the CD of meditations since I got the Kindle version. Maybe I am missing something? Good book but want the full experience.

Easy to Read, Understand; Jack Kornfield helped change my Life!

 on September 29, 2014
By Kindle Customer
Jack Kornfield is known by the meditation community as being one of the most well known and liked teachers in the Western Hemisphere. His workshops usually sell out in advance.

Jack is one of my all time favorite meditation teacher

 on December 7, 2016
By thuzy
Jack is one of my all time favorite meditation teacher, and he is recognized and respected all of US, Burma, Thailand etc for his teachings and his wisdom. Like all meditation books — it might seem foreign and difficult, but it’s just our mindset on what we don’t understand. N Jack did a great job in a gently walking through all the first steps in learning meditation. Check out the rest of his books and Pema’s, super worth it and well done. 🙂

Book review for beginners

 on November 13, 2017
By Anne P. Rawson I'm buying one for a friend in Florida-thank.
I haven’t had a chance to look at the book close, but so far it looks good. So far, I have underlined a few points I find highly important for me as I return to the book to look for more information to help me further with Meditation

Is this a re-release?

 on February 11, 2011
By S. Burton
If this is a re-release of the DVD of the same title by Jack Kornfield with the cover that is half peach colored and half green colored, then it’s definitely worth purchasing (unless you already have the one I just mentioned). Jack Kornfield is an excellent teacher. He has a very calm voice and presence with gentle humor and wonderful comments and stories. This DVD (whether it’s new or the old one) would be an excellent introduction to meditation. Just be aware that it might be a re-release.

Excellent Experience

 on April 14, 2015
By Amazon Customer
My yoga teacher, friend and mentor recommended this book to me. I absolutely love it! Even though I have other guided meditations and also meditate solo, I come back to this one over and over again. The book is basically a transcript of the cd. I have loaded the cd on my phone so I can take it with me when I travel. Jack has a warm voice, a lovely sense of humor and he gradually leads you through a series of meditations that help you develop your skills. I’ve heard many versions of the LovingKindness meditation, but I think his is the loveliest I’ve ever done. I have bought quite a few copies of this set for friends.

Great for Beginners!

 on May 14, 2016
By Dr. Z.
This is a great place to start for those mildly curious or considerably more interested about the process of daily Meditation. Instead of a complicated or over analyzed explanation, Kornfield sticks to the basics and makes it very easy for the novice to begin the journey. An easy read, but well worth the time.

RangerRob’s Meditation

 on October 23, 2011
By RangerRob's
My partner and I are neophytes to meditation. This CD came highly recommended by a friend who has been meditating for years.