Over the past decade, the number of Buddhist meditation centres in the U.S. has more than doubled. Many more meditators practice in the Christian, Jewish, transcendental and other traditions. Until now, however, surprisingly few teaching aids have shown beginning practitioners the most fundamental techniques of meditation.
Meditation for Beginners fills that niche - with clear, authentic instructions from one of America's most trusted and beloved teachers. Created specifically for beginners, this complete introduction to meditation features four classical mindfulness exercises. The vipassana - or insight - practice on which these are based is said to have originated with the Buddha himself - yet it lends itself gracefully to a wide range of spiritual traditions, both secular and religious.
On Meditation for Beginners, Jack Kornfield teaches this ancient practice in its purest form, making meditation easy to understand and practice for even those with no previous experience or spiritual context. Clearly articulated and skillfully presented, Meditation for Beginners is designed to bring the peace and power of mindfulness into listeners' everyday lives. It is the definitive resource for anyone who ever thought about learning to meditate, but lacked the information they needed to start.