Meditation for Beginners

Meditation for Beginners

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By (author) Jack Kornfield

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  • Publisher: SOUNDS TRUE INC
  • Format: Mixed media product | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 201mm x 15mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 3 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Louisville, CO
  • ISBN 10: 1591799422
  • ISBN 13: 9781591799429
  • Sales rank: 18,542

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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. 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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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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"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