Meditation is everywhere. From the baby room to the board room, everyone recommends meditation to help focus, calm, and restore the mind, body and spirit.

But how does one meditate? What resources are out there to help beginners to start a sustainable meditation practice?

While there are many different forms of meditation, Buddhism offers one entrance into this ancient spiritual discipline. To help those who are interested in learning more about meditation I asked some of America's most prominent Buddhist teachers what books they might recommend for meditation beginners.

What books have you found helpful? Leave recommendations in the comments section below.

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  • Sharon Salzberg

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Lovingkindness-Revolutionary-Happiness-Shambhala-Classics/dp/157062903X" target="_blank">Loving-Kindness</a>

  • Sakyong Mipham, Pema Chodron

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Turning-Mind-Into-Sakyong-Mipham/dp/157322345X" target="_blank">Turning The Mind Into An Ally</a>

  • Shunryu Suzuki

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Not-Always-So-Practicing-Spirit/dp/0060957549" target="_blank">Not Always So</a>

  • Thich Nhat Hanh

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Miracle-Mindfulness-Introduction-Meditation/dp/0807012394" target="_blank">The Miracle of Mindfulness</a>

  • Victor Davich

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Minute-Meditation-Quiet-Mind-Change/dp/0399529950/ref=tmm_pap_title_0" target="_blank">8 Minute Meditation</a>

  • Shunryu Suzuki

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Zen-Mind-Beginners-Shunryu-Suzuki/dp/1590308492" target="_blank">Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind</a>

  • Sharon Salzberg

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Real-Happiness-Meditation-28-Day-Program/dp/0761159258/ref=tmm_pap_title_0" target="_blank">Real Happiness</a>

  • Pema Chodron

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/How-Meditate-Practical-Making-Friends/dp/1604079339/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383863901&sr=1-1&keywords=pema+chodron+how+to+meditate" target="_blank">How To Meditate</a>

  • Chogyam Trungpa

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Cutting-Through-Spiritual-Materialism-Chogyam/dp/1570629579" target="_blank">Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism</a>

  • John Daido Loori

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Still-Point-Book-Communications/dp/1590304799/ref=sr_sp-btf_title_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1383310496&sr=8-4&keywords=zen+for+beginners" target="_blank">Finding The Still Point</a>

  • Susan Piver

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Mind-Beginners-Guide-Meditation/dp/1590305973/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382663414&sr=1-1&keywords=quiet+mind" target="_blank">Quiet Mind</a>

  • Jack Kornfield

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Meditation-Beginners-Jack-Kornfield/dp/1591799422/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382663214&sr=1-1&keywords=jack+kornfield+meditation+for+beginners" target="_blank">Meditation For Beginners</a>

  • John Daishin Buksbazen

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Meditation-Plain-English-Daishin-Buksbazen/dp/0861713168" target="_blank">Zen Meditation In Plain English</a>

  • Joseph Goldstein

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Experience-Insight-Meditation-Shambhala/dp/0877732264" target="_blank">The Experience Of Insight</a>

  • Bhante Gunaratana

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-Plain-English-Anniversary-Edition/dp/0861719069" target="_blank">Mindfulness In Plain English</a>