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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (1 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553816926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553816921
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 1.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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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Drawing on his many years as a skilful and inspiring meditation teacher, Jack Kornfield guides you through six essential practices that you can return to again and again to establish a transformative daily meditation practice

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By jw12 on 25 Aug. 2006
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This is my favourite of all the meditation audio I've heard. The production of the accompanying book is very good and on the cd Jack's voice is welcoming, friendly and conducive to helping you feel unthreatened and relaxed.

The occasional low sounds from other class members do not distract but actually give you the impression you are in a real meditation class. In particular - as a beginner I like the fact that these meditations are quite short - they don't overwhelm you or make you feel like a failure if you can't complete one - because you *can* easily complete one.

I found it an excellent beginners tool and will definitely use more of Jack Kornfields meditation aids.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Adam on 23 Oct. 2008
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I had been doing Shamatha meditation for about 9 months and wanted to learn a little about Vipassana meditation. I bought a number of books and also the expensive "Insight Meditation Kit" by Sharon Salzberg & Joseph Goldstein. But I have to say this book & CD by Jack Kornfield is the very best of them all for me. It is simple, straight-forward and gets you doing Insight meditation quickly. The Insight Kit I mentioned above I found confusing and complicated and, at times, contradictory. It would ask you not to hurl a lot of questions at what you were experiencing. Then in the next sentence it would say things like "How does this experience make you feel? What colour is it? Does it get smaller or bigger as you stay with it?" etc etc But this excellent little book and CD combo is cheaper and in my opinion better, especially if you are, like me, a beginer. I didn't like the CD in the Insight Kit and didn't use it at all after my first attempts. But Jack Kornfield's CD here is very user friendly and together with the book will have you practising Insight Meditation in no time at all. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By laurey on 13 Jan. 2011
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The book pretty much explains in simplistic terms what the accompanying CD delivers. At first i had to get use to the man's voice as its not that masculine, but once i over came that and got use to it, (because voices are important to guided meditation personally i cannot stand Paul Mckenna) I found this to be one of the best books/Cd's on meditation, its simple and it delivers, even if you just listen to the CD. I use it before i go to bed, i haven't listened to tracks 5 and 6, but i find 1-4 very useful in the art of quieting the mind which really does help with pain, emotions, obsessive thoughts (which usually occur before going a bed, you know when you want to sleep and your mind decides to switch itself on!). In conclusion, its simplistic, ideal to fit into your schedule as the meditations stem anywhere from 8 to 14 minutes all of which seem to fly by, but deliver because they leave you feeling very relaxed with a calm state of mind. I recommend journalling and to do lists for the next day before you go to bed too as a way to help empty the mind.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Review AE on 29 Aug. 2009
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For a beginner like me, this was great. Easy to follow and short 10 minute meditations that fit well with my busy life!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HuntersGold on 12 Aug. 2013
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I just started meditating a few months ago and was not sure how to and decided to buy this book based on the reviews. I am so happy with it and I am finding it very useful.

It makes me feel part of the meditation class . The occasional low sounds from other class members do not distract but actually give you the impression you are in a real meditation class. In particular - as a beginner I like the fact that these meditations are quite short - they don't overwhelm. The book is also not too long but a good introduction to the subject and is well written , very easy to read. I read it cover to cover in an afternoon and will continue to refer back to it. I would recommend this book to anyone starting to meditate.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Angels 14 on 9 Nov. 2007
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I bought this a while ago and have just started using it again, for myself this is a great way to learn meditation as it starts from the very begining ie breating teqniques. I would definatley recomend this as it is a perfect way to start learning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tao333 on 30 Oct. 2010
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This book was exactly what I was looking for. A simple and clear approach to Transcendental meditation. I have only just began the process but already have found that it has massively releived my stresses. The book also comes with a CD taking you through meditations step by step.

Well done Jack Kornfield (Brilliant work!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chip Munk on 18 Dec. 2013
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As a relative newcomer to meditation, I was delighted be introduced to this book by a friend. It is supportive, concise, and answers all my questions! I am sure I will use it for a long time. I am less keen on the accompanying cd largely because I don't care for his voice. The voice is all important in something like this. For preference I would recommend Bodhipaksa who has a wonderful voice for guided meditations. It soothes and informs but never grates.
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