book giveaway: guide to meditation

February 20th, 2014

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I’m giving away the brand-new book, A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation: Practical Advice and Inspiration from Contemporary Buddhist Teachers, edited by my friend Rod Meade Sperry and the editors of the Shambhala Sun. How marvelous to offer something useful for a change. To give yourself a chance, leave a comment on this post by this Sunday, Feb. 23 and then sit quietly.

Note: The randomly drawn winner is commenter #15. Thank you, everyone.

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61 Comments »

  1. I was reading about this book just this morning and would appreciate the opportunity to have a copy. Now to sit . . .

    Comment by Jamie — February 20, 2014 @ 8:12 am

  2. I find something useful in everything you write! Some days it’s a reminder to stop, sit and breathe (rather than my usual tendency to stop, drop and roll about crazily). Then there are the times the use appears to me well after the reading but I know that time is exactly right.

    It’s all in the perception. And now I shall sit and breathe.

    Comment by Laura — February 20, 2014 @ 8:12 am

  3. Greetings from Half Moon Bay. Om.

    Comment by Tracey white — February 20, 2014 @ 8:27 am

  4. Thank you. You always point the way home.

    Comment by ashlee — February 20, 2014 @ 8:28 am

  5. Thank you for this opportunity. Would love a copy.

    Comment by Monica — February 20, 2014 @ 8:34 am

  6. Thanks Karen. Sitting :)

    Comment by Tanis Frame — February 20, 2014 @ 8:40 am

  7. Would love the book so that I could pass it along to my niece and nephew.

    Comment by Brian — February 20, 2014 @ 8:44 am

  8. i would love to read this. thanks!

    Comment by jamie — February 20, 2014 @ 8:53 am

  9. Just sat :) thank you for this opportunity Karen

    Comment by Jen — February 20, 2014 @ 9:11 am

  10. I could use something useful. Time to begin again…and again. Thank you for this opportunity.

    Comment by Michelle P. — February 20, 2014 @ 9:38 am

  11. I would be very pleased if I won this book. :)

    Comment by Kathryn — February 20, 2014 @ 9:45 am

  12. Thank you for the chance. Siting next.

    Comment by Ranya — February 20, 2014 @ 9:50 am

  13. Would love a copy. Have been following you for quite some time but have yet to actually sit. Love what you share.

    Comment by Kimberly — February 20, 2014 @ 9:58 am

  14. Thank you and many blessings!

    Comment by Ani Palmo — February 20, 2014 @ 10:05 am

  15. I was just doing a web search last night on how to meditate, as my mind was racing of course. Would love a chance to win this book. Thank you!

    Comment by Victoria — February 20, 2014 @ 10:14 am

  16. I shall wait!

    Comment by Casey ragle — February 20, 2014 @ 10:31 am

  17. I’d love to read this.

    Comment by S C — February 20, 2014 @ 10:42 am

  18. Sitting quietly.

    Comment by Allison Evans — February 20, 2014 @ 11:01 am

  19. I’ve been a fan of yours since you spoke at the Mothers Symposium and will gladly read a book you recommend.

    Comment by Blh — February 20, 2014 @ 11:07 am

  20. This would be a great book for me to share with the college students I work with. Thanks!

    Comment by Miv — February 20, 2014 @ 11:26 am

  21. I am starting my practice again. This would be great. Thanks.

    Comment by Garth — February 20, 2014 @ 11:34 am

  22. Sitting is better than eating too much chocolate. :)

    Comment by Julie — February 20, 2014 @ 11:57 am

  23. I’d love to see this. Thanks for your continuing wisdom.

    Comment by Bruce Lindgren — February 20, 2014 @ 11:58 am

  24. Lovely. Though I sometimes seem to be better at reading than meditating ;) Can always use inspiration…

    Comment by Sarah — February 20, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

  25. Mmmm…just finished yoga teacher training. This would be perfect! Sitting now…xo

    Comment by Elissa — February 20, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

  26. Thank you

    Comment by ellen — February 20, 2014 @ 3:15 pm

  27. Hi Karen, as a mum and working professional I find your shared life story and advice inspiring. Whenever I find the road is rough, I recall your saying that all our children need is our attention. That is such sage advice. We all have different paths, but some truths are (nearly) universal.
    Give the book to someone else, I don’t need it right now, tho it looks lovely. Thank you

    Comment by Catherine Elliott — February 20, 2014 @ 4:14 pm

  28. Sitting. Quietly. My 18 y.o. Just started meditation practice. Would be good to read this with him before he goes off to college. Grateful for your teaching.

    Comment by Lynne — February 20, 2014 @ 4:39 pm

  29. This is great timing. I just reconnected with a friend from highschool who told me she wants to learn to meditate. I’m helping her get some basic instruction so she can sit within the lineage of practitioners and not just the meditate for your health people. Anyway I was thinking to myself, how would it be for someone to just get instruction and then just go off and practice by themselves for a few years (she is very busy right now) and I realised that although that is possible, there are so many myths and ideas about practice that we have absorbed or made up and that’s why it’ good to have some ongoing instruction from a teacher (in the written or spoken form) just so that these ideas can be “nipped in the bud” before a person spends a decade in physical pain or with the belief that meditation = no thoughts. SO Im going to share this with her. Thankyou Maezen!

    Comment by penelope — February 20, 2014 @ 4:48 pm

  30. Would love a copy of the book. My meditative skills are minimal, to say the least.

    Comment by buddahcrone — February 20, 2014 @ 4:53 pm

  31. Thanks for offering the wonderful book!

    Comment by Vivian Hatfield — February 20, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

  32. I need the inspiration and the practical advice… and getting it for free wouldn’t hurt. (Will promise to pay it foward) :)

    Comment by Sara R — February 20, 2014 @ 8:47 pm

  33. I would love a copy of this to help me continue on my journey.

    Comment by Kat — February 20, 2014 @ 9:01 pm

  34. With gratitude.

    Comment by Jen A — February 20, 2014 @ 9:31 pm

  35. Would love a copy, it includes many of my favourite authors.

    Comment by Sheila — February 21, 2014 @ 1:06 am

  36. Yes, yes, yes to meditation!

    Comment by Mari — February 21, 2014 @ 1:15 am

  37. This March will be my one year anniversary of sitting every morning. Thank you, Maezen, for being being my very first guide to this practice. Sitting is difficult, yet lovely.

    Comment by Melissa — February 21, 2014 @ 2:55 am

  38. Just about to meditate, hopped over to see if you had some words for us before I start. Not always easy meditation, sometimes an uphill battle with a mind jumping around.
    kind regards, have a wonderful day.

    Comment by SImone — February 21, 2014 @ 3:47 am

  39. A chance is all I need.

    Comment by Aparna — February 21, 2014 @ 4:55 am

  40. Thank you.

    Comment by Ange — February 21, 2014 @ 5:53 am

  41. I’d love a copy. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Comment by Cynthia — February 21, 2014 @ 6:15 am

  42. Multitasking as I type this on my phone, my sleeping baby in the carrier I’m wearing. Guess this book might be up my alley :)

    Comment by Kate — February 21, 2014 @ 8:30 am

  43. If I had this book, I’d read it to myself, and my 3 children. Then I’d leave it on my coffee table to see who picked it up next!

    Comment by Robin — February 21, 2014 @ 8:37 am

  44. Lovely. Thank you.

    Comment by Heidi — February 21, 2014 @ 8:58 am

  45. would adored winning this book!

    Comment by Nancy Schatz Alton — February 21, 2014 @ 10:01 am

  46. I would love to have a copy of this book to help me meditate. Thankyou Karen

    Comment by kayleigh — February 21, 2014 @ 10:10 am

  47. It is time.

    Comment by Kate — February 21, 2014 @ 11:56 am

  48. I’m avoiding meditation. Would love this book to help me get back there (here). Thank you.

    Comment by Nicole — February 21, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

  49. Looks like a great read! Now to sit…

    Comment by wyobirdie — February 21, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

  50. I would love this book please.

    Comment by Cindi loo — February 21, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

  51. Thank you for the opportunity. This book looks like exactly the right thing right now.

    Comment by Shelby — February 21, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

  52. Early in my meditation practice!

    Comment by Hillary — February 21, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

  53. Buddham Sharanam Gacchami .. Peace.

    Comment by Kavitha — February 21, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

  54. I would be pleased to enter your giveaway.

    Comment by Beth J Rosenwald — February 21, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

  55. Thank you very much, Karen, for your great work and wisdom. I am very inspired by your books and blog. I’m thankful I can also buy a copy of your newest book soon here in the Netherlands. I hope you will be coming to Holland some time…!

    Comment by SaS — February 22, 2014 @ 3:30 am

  56. I would love this to help me with a more, regular practice. Always enjoy you and hope to come to LA this year for your Beginners Mind Series. Namaste, Stacie

    Comment by Stacie — February 22, 2014 @ 5:38 am

  57. That sounds like a beautiful read. Gonna sit now.

    Comment by elke — February 22, 2014 @ 11:56 am

  58. Looks like a great book. Thank you.

    Comment by Amy — February 22, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

  59. Karen, the book giveaway is an act of generosity, as is your writing.

    Comment by Kevin — February 22, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

  60. I sure could use some kind of help. I’m having a lot of trouble with meditating. Love your work.

    Comment by buddhacrone — February 23, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

  61. Would love a copy!

    Comment by Kirsten — February 23, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

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