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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.

Recommendations from 53 articles, Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and 103 others.
Best Meditation Books
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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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In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness--being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-und...
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Kevin Rose
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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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In this book, the author maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in one's own life. It speaks both to those coming to meditation for the first time and to longtime practitioners, anyone who cares deeply about reclaiming the richness of his or her moments....
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Rick Rubin
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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 - 2019-04-16 (first published in 2014)
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After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought w...
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Mindfulness in Plain English
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana - 2011-09-06 (first published in 1992)
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Author Bhante Gunaratana, a renowned meditation master, takes us step by step through the myths, realities, and benefits of meditation and the practice of mindfulness. This expanded edition includes the complete text of its predecessor along with a new chapter on cultivating loving kindness. For anyone who is new to meditation, this is a great reso...
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Vinod Khosla
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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
Shunryu Suzuki - 2011-06-28 (first published in 1970)
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"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line. In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so...
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Get Some Headspace
Andy Puddicombe - 2012-01-01 (first published in 2011)
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As a former Buddhist monk with over 10 years of teaching experience, Andy Puddicombe has been acknowledged as the UK's foremost mindfulness meditation expert. Like his readers and students, he began his own meditation practice as a normal, busy person with everyday concerns, and he has since designed a program that fits neatly into a jam-packed dai...
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Bill Gates
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Real Happiness
The Power of Meditation
Sharon Salzberg - 2010-12-29
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Thousands of years prove it, and Western science backs it: Meditation sharpens focus. Meditation lowers blood pressure, relieves chronic pain, reduces stress. Meditation helps us experience greater calm. Meditation connects us to our inner-most feelings and challenges our habits of self-judgment. Meditation helps protect the brain against aging and...
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Dan Harris
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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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Eckhart Tolle's message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle's clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who's ever wondered what exactly "living in the now" means. Foremost, Tolle is a wor...
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The Mind Illuminated
A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science for Greater Mindfulness
John Yates - 2017-01-03
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A revolutionary, science-based approach to meditation from a neuroscientist turned meditation master, The Mind Illuminated is an accessible, step-by-step toolkit for anyone looking to start—or improve—their daily meditation practice.The book that bestselling meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg raves “brings the path of meditation to life,” The Mind ...
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Meditation for Beginners
Jack Kornfield - 2008-08-01
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Step-by-Step Instruction for Newcomers to MeditationHave you ever thought about trying meditation, but didn't know how to get started? On Meditation for Beginners, renowned teacher Jack Kornfield uses clear language and step-by-step guidance to show us how to start—and stick with—a daily meditation practice. From the basics of how to get started to...
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness by Mark Williams
Why Can't I Meditate? by Nigel Wellings
Meditation in Action by Chogyam Trungpa
Practicing Mindfulness by Matthew Sockolov
Sitting Still Like a Frog by Eline Snel
How to Meditate by Pema Chödrön
Making Space by Thich Nhat Hanh
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama
Waking Up by Sam Harris
Strength in Stillness by Bob Roth
The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
What Is Zen? by Alan Watts
Meditation Now by Elizabeth Reninger
Mindfulness by Joseph Goldstein
The Little Book of Mindfulness by Patrizia Collard
8 Minute Meditation by Victor Davich
Meditation for Beginners by Yesena Chavan
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama
The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Practicing the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates
Out of Your Mind by Alan Watts
Search Inside Yourself by Chade-meng Tan
Meditation for Relaxation by Adam O'Neill
Teach Yourself to Meditate by Eric Harrison
The Book of Secrets by Osho
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean
A Handful of Quiet by Thich Nhat Hanh
What Does It Mean to Be Present? by Rana Diorio
Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons
I Am Here Now by The Mindfulness Project
Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Declutter Your Mind by S. J. Scott
Thoughts Are Not the Enemy by Jason Siff
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Be Here Now by Ram Dass
Breath by James Nestor
A Path with Heart by Jack Kornfield
The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts
Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg
Wake Up to the Joy of You by Agapi Stassinopoulos
The Art of Mandala by Jason Hamilton
Not Always So by Shunryu Suzuki
Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie
The Three Pillars of Zen by Philip Kapleau Roshi
Satipaṭṭhāna by Anālayo
Insight Meditation by Sharon Salzberg
The Experience of Insight by Joseph Goldstein
Right Concentration by Leigh Brasington
The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction by Rebecca E. Williams
Dear Universe by Sarah Prout
You Are a Lion! by Taeeun Yoo
A Fierce Heart by Spring Washam
Focused and Fearless by Shaila Catherine
How to Meditate by Kathleen McDonald
The Heart of the Revolution by Noah Levine
365 Tao by Ming-Dao Deng
Breathe Like a Bear by Kira Willey
Make Peace with Your Mind by Mark Coleman
Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond by Ajahn Brahm
You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life by Rebekah Borucki
How to Train a Wild Elephant by Jan Chozen Bays
The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Nyanaponika Thera
The Mindful Path through Worry and Rumination by Sameet Kumar
Just Sit by Sukey Novogratz
Puppy Mind by Andrew Jordan Nance
The Mindful Way Through Depression by Mark Williams
The Little Book of Being by Diana Winston
Break Through Pain by Shinzen Young
Buddha's Brain by Rick Hanson
Turning the Mind Into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham
10-Minute Mindfulness by S. J. Scott
The Headspace Guide To...A Mindful Pregnancy by Andy Puddicombe
Meditation Made Easy by Lorin Roche
The Worry Trick by David A. Carbonell
Transcendence by Norman E Rosenthal