1. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki
Perhaps one of the best meditation books, this Zen book shares the basics of meditation, from how to perfect your breathing and posture to the concept of non-duality. The opening line sets up the entire premise of the text: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” Don’t get so wrapped up in the practice of Zen that you miss what it’s really about. This book teaches readers the fundamental lessons of meditation without losing sight of the ultimate goal of enlightenment.

2. The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation, by Thich Nhat Hanh
This book, written by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, inspires readers by offering anecdotes and practical exercises to help you learn the art of mindfulness (aka, being fully aware of yourself and your life).