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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061143294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061143298
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Zen priest Hagen, author of Buddhism Plain and Simple and Buddhism Is Not What You Think, offers a brief and wonderfully accessible primer on meditation, which can be a surprisingly difficult practice for many beginners. He helpfully defines meditation via negativa: meditation is not a self-help program, a quick fix, a mind-training technique or a way to relax before jumping right back into the fray of our busy lives. It's a lifelong practice that can, and should, seep into every arena of the quotidian, so that when we're attentively folding laundry or taking out the trash, we're doing meditation. It involves teaching the mind just to be here, says Hagen. Three dozen microchapters are organized into sections on getting started, establishing a daily practice and doing meditation for the long run. While there are a few black-and-white illustrations to get readers to try seated meditation in different postures, Hagen emphasizes that it's also okay to sit in a chair (without slouching), stand, walk barefoot or even lie down. The key is to be constant, meditating at precisely the same time every day and allowing the mind to settle into the present. Meditation isn't something we apply to our life, Hagen insists. Rather, we take it up as our life. (Sept.)
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“I wish I had found such a book when I began meditating.” (Stephen Levine author of A Gradual Awakening)

“A lucid, no-frills introduction to Buddhist meditation …[and] a timely reminder of what meditation is all about.” (Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism without Beliefs)

“A brief and wonderfully accessible primer on meditation...” (Publishers Weekly)

More About the Author

Steve Hagen is a Zen priest and long-time teacher of Buddhism. For fifteen years he studied with Zen Master Dainin Katagiri. He lives in Minneapolis and teaches at Dharma Field Meditation and Learning Center in St. Paul.

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A must for anyone who wants to understand the here and now.
William J.
Steve Hagen, the author of Buddhism: Plain and Simple, is the best introduction to Zen and Buddhism you can find.
Eugene A. Reynolds
Read the cover, there it stands, meditation is about the now.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By deb on April 7, 2008
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Gentle prying apart of common preconceptions of meditation. Practical explanation of what meditation is and is not, what you can discover there, how to get started and how to keep coming back every day.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William J. on August 28, 2009
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"Meditation Now or Never" strips down the misconceptions of meditation and gets down to the "nuts and bolts" of the practice. A wonderful book that stesses what meditation is and not what it does. A must for anyone who wants to understand the here and now.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. Dzuryachko on October 19, 2008
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This book is broken down into the most american understanding of meditation of any book I have read so far. My power of "here and now" has advanced by leaps and bounds.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Johanna on May 8, 2008
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It's never too late to get back to basics and put one's meditation practice on a firmer foundation. This book by Steve Hagen is succinct and an invaluable resource for the beginner meditator and a timely revision for those who have been meditating for some time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank on August 30, 2012
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I found this book somewhat helpful and informative, but the bias toward "my way is the right way" that I get from it can be distracting. It is slightly negative or discouraging with it's "you're doing it wrong" attitude. The bottom line I got from it was: "There is no benefit to meditation, other than just to meditate. If you expect anything from mediation, you're not doing it for the right reason. Just meditate."
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eugene A. Reynolds on October 13, 2007
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Steve Hagen, the author of Buddhism: Plain and Simple,
is the best introduction to Zen and Buddhism you can find.
Written in language we regular folks can understand,
yet carrying the full meaning and experience
of the more ancient/esoteric writings.
Meditation is the bedrock
of fully experiencing the Zen and Buddhist message.
Meditation Now or Never should be a jewel in your personal tools pack.
I can not overly praise this man's works.
And he is a practicing monk as well.

Gene Reynolds
www,personal-recovery-tools.com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry Snyder on November 8, 2011
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An excellent guide for the new 'student' as well as a timely reminder for the experienced zen Buddhist student - about what the 'whole' thing

is really about...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Holl on April 10, 2013
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As a meditation teacher, I find it hard to find a book I can recommend to
beginners. I now have one. The book does extoll the far end of the
meditation spectrum in the west for those who are really looking for
a new approach to their life and leaves little room for a "lite" version
for those who only have interest in a transient reduction in stress,
visualization, or "trance-like" trip.
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