by Gil Fronsdal
This is a series of six talks that an experienced Zen monk gave a few years ago, each one aimed towards beginners interested in learning the mechanics and theory behind meditation. There are six talks total, designed to be listened to one per week, and each is paired with a series of exercises and homework assignments for those who want to start a daily practice. I really like Gil’s style because he breaks down the vague language that surrounds meditation into clear, concrete steps. He makes everything approachable.
Google Talks on Mindfulness
By Jon Kabat-Zinn
By Matthieu Ricard
By Richie Davidson
These are unrelated talks given by three research giants in mindfulness at Google’s headquarters. They lend a lot of scientific weight to the practice, and would probably connect with people who want to some hard, clinical evidence. Each talk is long, but incredibly interesting; Jon Kabbat-Zin highlights the feel and importance of the practice like a poet … incredible. Mattiew Ricard is molecular geneticist and Tibetan monk who details research on the most accomplished practitioners, which is pretty mindblowing. Richie Davidson is a psychologist who studies the neuroscience of compassion-practice in lay people. Each researcher is a PhD in a different field and have robust daily practices themselves.
I’ve never used it, but I’ve heard this is a great app for people who wanted to get started with a little extra help; tons of guided meditations and the ability to set daily reminders if need be.