Five Books That Teach You How to Meditate


Books encourage a kind of solitude that allows you to reflect on some of the philosophical tapestry of mindfulness, meditation, and, if you choose, Buddhism. Taking time to study the words of these great teachers may inspire you to maintain a regular meditation practice. 

I recommend that you to read a real copy, in print, in order to let your mind soak in the enlightening bath of ideas. 

1Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zin 


Mostly secular perspective, emphasizes mindfulness and its use in daily life. 

2Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield 


Very short, simple and approachable. Seeks to translate the basic teachings of Buddhism to a Western audience. 

3. How to Meditate by Pema Chodran 


Secular, very straight-forward intro to meditation, delivered in short, precise prose. 

4. The Buddha Walks Into a Bar… by Lodro Rinzler 


A fun read, seeks to integrate Buddhism and modern life. 

5. The Experience of Insight by Joseph Goldstein 


Accessible, but slightly denser approach. Good for those interested in diving a little deeper into Buddhism and Eastern philosophy. 

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