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Best Meditation Books: The 20 BEST Books on How To Meditate

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.
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Looking for the best meditation books ever written?

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Here’s what you’ll find on this page…

What You Will and Won’t Find On This List

Whether you’re looking for the best meditation books for beginners, books on the benefits of meditation or books to help you refine and perfect your daily meditation practice – you’ll find something life-changing on the list of best meditation books below.

Note 1: This list focusses specifically on books about how to meditate. If you’re interested in mastering your thoughts and emotions more generally, you might also want to check out this list of best mindfulness books, these best books on happiness or explore the rest of TAoL‘s many book recommendations.

Note 2: This list focusses almost exclusively on the best mindfulness meditation books ever written. You won’t find many titles on e.g., movement, mantra or transcendental meditation simply because they’re too specialised to be widely read enough to rank high enough to appear on this list (for more, see the section on “Why these books on meditation and not others?” below).

New to Meditation? Start Reading Here

Not sure what I’m talking about? Not to worry!

If you’re new to meditation, The Miracle of Mindfulness (#3) by Thich Nhat Hanh, Practicing The Power of Now (#4) by Eckhart Tolle or even The Headspace Guide To Meditation (#20) are all great meditation books for beginners. Pick whichever one jumps out at you and dive in.

If you’re no stranger to mindfulness meditation and you’re looking to take your mediation practice to the next level then skim the list, trust your intuition and grab a daily meditation book that jumps out at you.

And whatever you do, thank you for being here, thank you for letting me be a part of your journey and whoever you are, wherever you’re sitting, I’ll look forward to meditating with you soon.

The 20 Best Meditation Books Ever Written

Why these books on meditation and not others? The best meditation books below are the top picks from my master database, ranked by a combination of Goodreads rating, the number of Goodreads reviews and first publication date. The goal is to give a good balance of what’s most loved, what’s most popular and what’s delivered timelessly relevant advice.

Think something’s missing? Email me and I’ll add it to the next round of updates. I honestly love hearing from you so please, do get in touch!

Books 1-5: The Top 5 BEST Meditaion Books of All Time

The top 5 best meditation books of all time are…

Best Meditation Books: Be Here Now
1. Be Here NowRam Dass
Published 1971 // 416 pages // Rated 4.3 over 29,800 reviews on Goodreads
Best Meditation Books: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
2. Zen Mind, Beginner’s MindShunryu Suzuki
Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
Published 1970 // 138 pages // Rated 4.2 over 41,600 reviews on Goodreads
Best Meditation Books: The Miracle of Mindfulness
3. The Miracle of MindfulnessThich Nhat Hanh
An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
Published 1975 // 140 pages // Rated 4.2 over 29,300 reviews on Goodreads
Best Meditation Books: Practicing the Power of Now
4. Practicing the Power of NowEckhart Tolle
Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises from the Power of Now
Published 1999 // 128 pages // Rated 4.2 over 43,600 reviews on Goodreads
Best Meditation Books: The Art of Living
5. The Art of LivingWilliam Hart
Vipassana Meditation: As Taught by S. N. Goenka
Published 1987 // 176 pages // Rated 4.4 over 2,800 reviews on Goodreads

Books 6-20: 15 Good Meditation Books to Read Next

Here are the next 15 best meditation books from my database…

6. Meditation in Action – Chögyam Trungpa
Published 1969 // 96 pages // Rated 4.2 over 1,200 reviews on Goodreads
7. Insight Meditation – Joseph Goldstein
The Practice of Freedom
Published 1993 // 208 pages // Rated 4.3 over 1,100 reviews on Goodreads
8. The Experience of Insight – Joseph Goldstein
A Simple & Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation
Published 1976 // 169 pages // Rated 4.2 over 600 reviews on Goodreads
9. The Science of Enlightenment – Shinzen Young
Teachings and Meditations for Awakening Through Self-Investigation
Published 1998 // 656 pages // Rated 4.2 over 1,200 reviews on Goodreads
10. The Heart of Buddhist Meditation – Nyanaponika Thera
The Buddha’s Way of Mindfulness
Published 1969 // 288 pages // Rated 4.2 over 300 reviews on Goodreads
11. The Joy of Living – Yongey Mingyur
Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness
Published 2007 // 272 pages // Rated 4.1 over 8,200 reviews on Goodreads
12. Meditation for Beginners – Jack Kornfield
Published 1998 // 93 pages // Rated 4.1 over 2,100 reviews on Goodreads
13. How to Meditate – Kathleen McDonald
A Practical Guide
Published 1984 // 269 pages // Rated 4.1 over 500 reviews on Goodreads
14. Mindfulness – Joseph Goldstein
A Practical Guide to Awakening
Published 2013 // 480 pages // Rated 4.4 over 1,500 reviews on Goodreads
15. Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha – Daniel M. Ingram
An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book
Published 2007 // 406 pages // Rated 4.3 over 900 reviews on Goodreads
16. How to Sit – Thich Nhat Hanh
Published 2014 // 117 pages // Rated 4.3 over 2,300 reviews on Goodreads
17. Turning the Mind Into an Ally – Sakyong Mipham
Published 2003 // 234 pages // Rated 3.9 over 5,200 reviews on Goodreads
18. Mindfulness – J. Mark G. Williams
An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
Published 2007 // 288 pages // Rated 3.9 over 15,000 reviews on Goodreads
19. Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart – Mark Epstein
A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness
Published 1998 // 200 pages // Rated 3.8 over 7,200 reviews on Goodreads
20. The Headspace Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness – Andy Puddicombe
How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day
Published 2011 // 224 pages // Rated 4.0 over 11,600 reviews on Goodreads

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Best Meditation Book for Beginners?

The first meditation book I ever read as a sceptical beginner was Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan. And I loved it (though it doesn't rank high enough for this list)! Other great meditation books for beginners include The Miracle of Mindfulness (#3) by Thich Nhat Hanh, Practicing The Power of Now (#4) by Eckhart Tolle. For more suggestions, check out the full list.

What Is the Best Book on How to Meditate?

The top 3 books on this list of the best meditation books ever written are Be Here Now (#1) by Ram Dass, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (#2) by Shunryu Suzuki and The Miracle of Mindfulness (#3) by Thich Nhat Hanh. For more suggestions, check out the full list.

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Best Meditation Books

Arthur Worsley
I founded TAoL to discover and share the best wisdom on how to live long and prosper. Before that I studied Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology at Oxford and consulted at McKinsey. Still curious? Learn more or take my FREE productivity quiz.

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