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We're so lucky to be waking up to the benefits of meditation as a culture because that means there are more resources to refer to as we practice.
There's now science documenting everything from weighloss and addiction recovery to more happiness, stress reduction and increased productivity. There's simply no doubting that meditation is a powerful practice to have in your life - even if it's just 5-10 minutes a day.
You'll be surprised by the discipline that comes from doing it on a regular basis, how your life begins to unfold for you differently.
As I've built up my practice, I've gathered a lot of support from the blogs, books & extraordinary people noted below (each link is set to open in a new window so you can keep coming back to this list).
My referrals are given with extreme love, care and first hand experience.
Sally Kempton | SallyKempton.com
She has an impressive resumé that reads something like 'monk + cave dweller turned author + meditation teacher for the masses'. She's both brilliant and humble.
Pema Chödrön | The Pema Chödrön Foundation
As a fully ordained monk in the Chinese lineage of Buddhism, teacher and author she embodies loving kindness. Her meditation CDs and books are some of the best I've come across.
Sharon Salzberg | SharonSalzberg.com
One of America’s leading spiritual teachers and authors, Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work.
Jack Kornfield | JackKornfield.org
Jack Kornfield is one of the leading Buddhist teachers in America. A practitioner for over 40 years, he is one of the key teachers to introduce mindfulness and vipassana meditation to the West. His approach emphasizes compassion, lovingkindness and the profound path of mindful presence.
Websites & Blogs
Tricycle | Online Forum & Printed Publication
Makes Buddhist views, values & practices widely accessible. By remaining unaffiliated with any particular teacher, sect or lineage, Tricycle provides a unique and independent public forum for exploring Buddhist teachings and practices, establishing a dialogue between Buddhism and the broader culture, and introducing Buddhist thinking to Western disciplines.
Mind & Life Institute | MindAndLife.org
An organization that continuously works on building scientific understanding of the mind to reduce suffering and promote well-being.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Spirit Rock is an insight meditation center born from the vision of Jack Kornfield. It offers tons of resources, talks, workshops and retreats to either dip or dive into. It's a place where traditional Buddhist teachings can flower in an American form.
Free Audio MeditationsWhat is enlightened perception? | Eckhart Tolle
Allowing Everything to Be As It Is | Adyashanti
Not my will, but the heart's will be done | Adyashanti
Calming the Mind: Meditation Instruction in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition | Pema Chödrön
Mindfulness As Pure Awareness | Jon Kabat-Zinn
Buddha Transforms Difficulties | Jack Kornfield
Mindfulness of Objects: Sounds, Thoughts, Emotions | Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mind Like Sky | Jack Kornfield
Flower Fresh | Thich Nhat Hanh
Water Reflecting | Thich Nhat Hanh
Space Free | Thich Nhat Hanh
Standing - The Essential Qigong Practice | Ken Cohen
Mindfulness of The Body As A Whole | Jon Kabat-Zinn
Basic Sitting Practice | Jack Kornfield
Taoist Meditation: The Three Stages of Natural Breathing | Ken Cohen
Breathing In, Breathing Out | Thich Nhat Hanh
Mountain Solid | Thich Nhat Hanh
Meditation on Forgiveness 1 | Jack Kornfield
Meditation on Forgiveness 2 | Jack Kornfield
Meditation on Lovingkindness 1 | Jack Kornfield
Meditation on Lovingkindness 2 | Jack Kornfield
Listening Without Manipulation | Adyashanti
Gratitude and Joy | Jack Kornfield
VideosTEDxSunsetPark | Diana Winston - The Practice of Mindfulness
Meditation For the Love of It
by Sally Kempton
Wherever You Go, There You Are
by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Meditation In Action
by Chogyam Trungpa
When Things Fall Apart
by Pema Chödrön
A Path With Heart
by Jack Kornfield
Ram Dass: Fierce Grace
Directed by Mickey Lemle
When The Iron Bird Flies: Tibetan Buddhism Arrives In The West
Directed by Victress Hitchcock
Buddha's Lost Children
Directed by Verkerk
Directed by Victress Hitchcock