Books on Mindfulness Meditation

There are zillions of books on meditation, but there are very few we would recommend, especially for somebody just starting out.

Below you’ll find just the books we feel are the most helpful and clear.

If you want to dig deeply into the meditation system invented by Shinzen Young, that Jessica Graham and Michael Taft (mostly) use in their teaching and writing, here is an enormous, comprehensive, and highly technical—and totally free of charge—PDF file, entitled The Five Ways to Know Yourself.


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Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki











Start Where You Are, by Pema Chodron











Meditation for Beginners, by Jack Kornfield










Mindfulness for Beginners, by Jon Kabat-Zinn










Mindfulness in Plain English, by Bhante Gunaratana











Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, by Joseph Goldstein











Against the Stream: A Buddhist manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries, by Noah Levine











Break Through Pain, by Shinzen Young









Related Topics

The End of Your World, by Adyashanti — (I highly recommend this text for anyone with advanced experience in meditation. The audio version is also excellent. ~ MWT)











Buddha’s Brain, by Rick Hanson











Hardwiring Happiness, by Rick Hanson











When Things Fall Apart, by Pema Chodron — (This may be the best book in the world for going through a devastating emotional period, like when a loved one dies or a marriage breaks up. ~ MWT)











The Places that Scare You, by Pema Chodron











Shambhala: The Sacred Heart of the Warrior, by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche











Feel free to suggest other titles you love in the comments below.


5 Responses to “Books on Mindfulness Meditation”

  1. Joel
    September 4, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    “Against the Stream: A Buddhist manual for Spiritual Revolutionaries” by Noah Levine

    • January 29, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

      Thanks, Joel. Added.

  2. Jason
    May 11, 2015 at 2:46 am #

    I found Toni Bernhard’s “How to Wake Up” a great refresher for someone who’s been meditating a little while and something I’d happily recommend to beginners:

  3. Bharat Kumar
    August 24, 2016 at 9:40 am #

    The Presence Process by Michael Brown is a very good book. Although the title may seem to be bit different but its all about awareness raising. The book is so well written that almost all the questions you raise while reading would be answered in the book itself.

  4. Bharat Kumar
    August 24, 2016 at 9:50 am #

    The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa is also a comprehensive guide for meditation. Further, one can start reading with Vipassana book by S.N. Goenka. If you like then Loch Kelly’s book shift into freedom is also a great book with full of awareness based exercises. Even Adyashanti has agreed to the well worth of Loch Kelly in this field. Thanks. Further, one can read the books by Joseph Naft. One of his book named Sacred Art of soul making is very good work explained in simple terms. Thanks

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