This book is a nice intoduction to meditation and various thoughts therein. Jean Smith did a good job integrating various materials into a concise smooth-flowing book concerning meditation for beginners. The book covers various topics such as why meditate, how to meditate, and some of the various problems one may encounter. Read this book if you're interested in meditation or even some the thoughts concerning buddhism. A quick, concise book and good read; I reccommend it.
Some of the previous reviews notwithstanding, this book is a GEM! A someone who is new to meditation practice, I have been looking for a book that is both explanatory and encouraging, and this book is exactly that! Drawing from MANY traditions, not just Zen Buddhism, it gives both practical and motivational reasons for taking up some form of meditation, and simply enough, it all starts with the breath! The bibliography and author biographies are easily worth the price of admission! Own this book!