Originally Posted by MrsSaraR
I have really been thinking about taking up meditation. Are there any particular books from these authors that you'd suggest?
Hard to say. Most of the books give tips, but not a step by step direction. I learned Zen meditation many years ago at the local Zen Center. I didn't have to join or anything, but took classes and was taught their method of sitting meditation, and then I just went there to meditate. Now I just meditate at home. I do like this book and it meant a lot to me in the beginning, "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind
" by Shunryu Suzuki. His autobiography is called "Crooked Cucumber
Some web sites:
Listing of how to meditate articles: Shambhala Sun - How to Meditate Spotlight
How to Meditate
BuddhaNet - Worldwide Buddhist Information and Education Network
A Basic Buddhism Guide: Essential Advice on Meditation
There are many sources and many forms of meditation practice. I would recommend going to your library and see what you can read there, under meditation, vs. spending $$$ at first.
The Buddhanet web site has a lot of good info for free. Also, there are numerous YouTube guided meditation videos also that are kind of nice, too.