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Best Meditation Books

These are the top books on meditation and mindfulness according to the web’s most popular book blogs. Ranked by how often they were featured.

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Best Meditation Books
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Wherever You Go, There You Are
Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
Jon Kabat-Zinn - 2005-01-05 (first published in 1994)
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Discover a simple pathway to mindfulness in this insightful book. With something for first-time meditators and experienced practitioners alike, it offers a valuable guide for anyone striving to reclaim the richness of each moment.
Recommended by
Rick Rubin
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The Miracle of Mindfulness
An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
Thich Nhat Hanh - 1999-05-01 (first published in 1975)
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Discover the art of mindfulness with the help of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh's beautiful and practical guide. Through gentle anecdotes and exercises, learn to be fully present in everyday moments and work towards greater self-understanding and peace. From washing dishes to peeling an orange, find opportunities for mindfulness in everything you do.
Recommended by
Kevin Rose
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Mindfulness in Plain English
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana - 1996-11-01 (first published in 1992)
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Explore the world of mindfulness and meditation with renowned meditation master Bhante Gunaratana in this step-by-step guide. Learn the myths, realities, and benefits of mindfulness as well as techniques for cultivating loving kindness. Perfect for beginners, this expanded edition offers a complete text and valuable insights into living a more productive and peaceful life.
Recommended by
Vinod Khosla
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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
Shunryu Suzuki - 1970-01-01
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This spiritual classic offers a fresh perspective on Zen as it teaches readers to embrace a beginner's mindset. With its simple but profound teachings, readers will be guided through the basics of Zen meditation, posture, and breathing to gain insight into the perception of nonduality. Perfect for anyone seeking a clear understanding of Zen, this book artfully presents the joy of insight from cover to cover, making it a highly recommended first read on the subject.
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10% Happier
How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story
Dan Harris - 2014-03-11
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Discover the power of meditation in this captivating exploration of self-help, neuroscience, and spirituality. Follow one man's journey as he navigates panic attacks, hypercompetitiveness, and a quest for inner peace. From a disgraced pastor, to a self-help guru, to brain scientists, this book delves into a variety of perspectives on the human mind. In the end, the author discovers the surprising benefits of meditation, and shares how it can transform anyone's life.
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Real Happiness
The Power of Meditation
Sharon Salzberg - 2019-12-24 (first published in 2011)
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Discover the power of meditation with Real Happiness, a 28-day program created by world-renowned meditation teacher and spiritual author Sharon Salzberg. This complete guide covers everything from basic posture and breathing exercises to calming the mind and dealing with distractions. With 12 different meditation practices, including mindfulness and walking meditation, Real Happiness is an accessible and easy-to-follow guide to improving focus, reducing stress, and finding inner peace. Perfect for beginners and experienced meditators alike, this book will change lives and unlock the door to real and accessible happiness.
Recommended by
Dan Harris
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The Mind Illuminated
A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness
John Yates - 2015-10-06
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Learn how to start or improve your daily meditation practice with "The Mind Illuminated." Neuroscientist and meditation master John Yates provides an accessible, step-by-step toolkit based on ancient spiritual teachings and the latest brain science. Using a groundbreaking 10-stage program, this guide teaches you how to overcome mind wandering and distractions, extend your attention span, and achieve deep states of peace and mindfulness. With illustrations and charts to help you through each stage, "The Mind Illuminated" is perfect for beginners and seasoned meditators alike.
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Get Some Headspace
Andy Puddicombe - 2016-09-27 (first published in 2011)
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Transform your mental health with the help of a former Buddhist monk and mindfulness meditation expert. This program, designed for busy individuals, requires just 10 minutes a day to help calm the mind and reduce stress. With simple exercises and techniques, readers can benefit from increased productivity, focus, better sleep, weight-loss, improved personal relationships and more. Delve into the science behind mindfulness meditation and experience more headspace and less stress in your daily life.
Recommended by
Bill Gates
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The Power of Now
A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Eckhart Tolle - 2004-08-19 (first published in 1997)
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Discover the path to true happiness and enlightenment with this inspiring and practical guidebook. Eckhart Tolle's message about living in the present moment is brought to life through clear writing, concrete language, and a supportive voice. Within a chapter, readers will already be experiencing greater consciousness about their thoughts and emotions. This book covers topics such as the source of Chi, enlightened relationships, and creative use of the mind, with markers for reflection and contemplation. The Power of Now is a life-changing read that has the potential to inspire and improve countless lives.
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Meditation for Beginners
Jack Kornfield - 2000-01-01 (first published in 1998)
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Learn to meditate with ease and stick to a daily practice with this step-by-step guide from renowned teacher Jack Kornfield. From breathing techniques to dealing with distractions, Kornfield teaches the Insight tradition of meditation to cultivate inner calm and lasting happiness. Choose from a DVD edition, an integrated book and CD, or a two-CD audio program to fit your learning style. Topics covered include compassion, forgiveness, and overcoming fear of death. With Kornfield's accessible teaching style, even beginners can experience the life-changing power of meditation.
Mindfulness by Mark Williams
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
How to Meditate by Pema Chödrön
Practicing Mindfulness by Matthew Sockolov
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
Practical Meditation for Beginners by Benjamin W. Decker
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris
Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama
Sitting Still Like a Frog by Eline Snel
The Little Book of Mindfulness by Patrizia Collard
Waking Up by Sam Harris
Why Can't I Meditate? by Nigel Wellings
Meditation in Action by Chogyam Trungpa
Mindfulness by Joseph Goldstein
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama
Making Space by Thich Nhat Hanh
Thoughts Are Not the Enemy by Jason Siff
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
Meditation Made Easy by Lorin Roche
Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Strength in Stillness by Bob Roth
Practicing the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
8 Minute Meditation by Victor Davich
Meditation for Beginners by Yesena Chavan
The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
The Mindful Way Through Depression by Mark Williams
Declutter Your Mind by S. J. Scott
Buddha's Brain by Rick Hanson
Satipaṭṭhāna by Anālayo
What Is Zen? by Alan Watts
Meditation Now by Elizabeth Reninger
Be Here Now by Ram Dass
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa
Out of Your Mind by Alan Watts
Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza
In the Buddha's Words by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Search Inside Yourself by Chade-meng Tan
Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg
The Book of Secrets by Osho
Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates
A Handful of Quiet by Thich Nhat Hanh
Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean
What Does It Mean to Be Present? by Rana Diorio
I Am Here Now by The Mindfulness Project
Meditation for Relaxation by Adam O'Neill
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty
Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Breath by James Nestor
Letting Go by David R. Hawkins
The Creative ACT by Rick Rubin
The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh
A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
Breathe Like a Bear by Kira Willey
Altered Traits by Daniel Goleman
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons
How to Train a Wild Elephant by Jan Chozen Bays
Teach Yourself to Meditate by Eric Harrison
You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh
Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie
Mindsight by Daniel J. Siegel
Dear Universe by Sarah Prout
The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation by Chogyam Trungpa
The Noble Eightfold Path by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Good Morning Yoga by Mariam Gates
The Issue At Hand by Gil Fronsdal
One Robe, One Bowl by Ryokan
Right Concentration by Leigh Brasington
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Becoming Supernatural by Joe Dispenza
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones by Paul Reps
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Patañjali Sage, Charles Johnston
I Am Yoga by Susan Verde
The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim
Not Always So by Shunryu Suzuki
The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff
The Heartfulness Way by Kamlesh D. Patel
Insight Meditation by Joseph Goldstein
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
Alphabreaths by Christopher Willard
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl