The best meditation books 📚

Browse the best books on meditation as recommended by authors, experts, and creators. Along with notes on why they recommend those books.

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Book cover of The Healing Power of Mind: Simple Meditation Exercises for Health, Well-Being, and Enlightenment

The Healing Power of Mind: Simple Meditation Exercises for Health, Well-Being, and Enlightenment

By Tulku Thondup

Why this book?

I have given this book as a gift to friends and acquaintances who were struggling with health issues, trauma, depression, anxiety, or loss. Recipients of this book have told me how much it has benefited them—they found peace and renewed energy on their path of healing physical and emotional pain. It’s a short book packed with easy-to-practice meditations that are simple, yet profound. It is suitable for reader’s of all backgrounds and belief systems.

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Book cover of The Book of Secrets: 112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within

The Book of Secrets: 112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within

By Osho

Why this book?

The next one on my list of the top 5 spiritual books is The Book of Secrets by Osho. He is my favorite spiritual teacher, and although he never wrote any books, the texts from his speeches were published in several compilations. Everything you read from him can be useful, but this book stands above the rest in its length, depth and practicality.

This book is based on a 5000 year old tantric scripture consisting of 112 meditations to achieve liberation. What Osho basically does is that he adds commentaries and his own experiences to each of the techniques, thereby…

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Book cover of Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

By Dan Millman

Why this book?

This book offers both a first hand story and a great guide to finding your own practice. Dan Millman lived this experience and he shares it beautifully. This booked inspired me to seek more practical experiences in meditation and a spiritual life.

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Book cover of Change Your Mind: A practical guide to Buddhist meditation

Change Your Mind: A practical guide to Buddhist meditation

By Paramananda

Why this book?

More and more people are drawn to meditation but it’s easy to be confounded by all those books and online teachings. This book is a great way to start. A simple guide to Buddhist meditation – to what it means, and how to do it – it’s practical, clear, helpful, and short.

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Book cover of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

By Shunryu Suzuki

Why this book?

I work with groups and communities in studio environments where people worldwide encounter past baggage about their artistic expression or lack of it, all of which invariably arouses intimidation, fear, doubt, and resistance. This concise, 138-page text has been the go-to book in affirming universal and quality participation. Less experienced artists appreciate the value of beginning and veterans let go and begin anew. The goal for all is authentic expression, or as Suzuki-roshi says, “to express your true nature in the simplest, most adequate way and to appreciate it in the smallest existence.”

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Book cover of Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life: Awakening Your Heart, Connecting with God

Jewish Meditation Practices for Everyday Life: Awakening Your Heart, Connecting with God

By Rabbi Jeff Roth

Why this book?

This approach to meditation includes the wisdom of Buddhism and Judaism as a way to learn from life experience. By combining these two traditions, Rabbi Roth presents a model that allows westerners―both Jews and non-Jews―to embrace timeless Eastern teachings and integrate them with Jewish practice as well.

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