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RESOURCES

The following is by no means an exhaustive list of meditation resources; there are literally
thousands available. Note: Inclusion on this list does not connote an endorsement by
CFA Institute. As always, we encourage you to exercise independent judgment in your
evaluation of any information.

MEDITATION BASICS AND BACKGROUND


All the Benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness According to Science (diagram)
Melanie Pinola
Lifehacker, 26 February 2015

Creative Visualization for Dummies


Robin Nixon
Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons. 2011.

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How to Overcome the Most Common Meditation Obstacles


James Allen
The Mindfulness Meditation Institute, 11 August 2014

Meditate without Sitting Still: Turn Everyday Actions into a Practice


Melanie Pinola
Lifehacker, 25 July 2013

Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World


Mark Williams and Danny Penman
New York: Rodale Books. 2012.

Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment—and Your Life


Jon Kabatt-Zinn
Boulder, CO: Sounds True. 2011.

Mindfulness: Getting Its Share of Attention


David Hochman
New York Times, 1 November 2013

Neuroscience Reveals the Secrets of Meditation’s Benefits


Matthieu Ricard, Antoine Lutz, and Richard J. Davidson
Scientific American, vol. 311, no. 5 (November 2014)

7 Ways Meditation Changes Your Brain and Body


Kevin Loria
Business Insider, 2 February 2015

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My
Edge, and Found Help That Actually Works—A True Story
Dan Harris
New York: Dey Street Books. 2014.

What Is Mindfulness and How Does It Work?


Gregg Henriques
Psychology Today, 6 February 2015

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Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind


Shunryu Suzuki
Boston, MA: Shambhala. 2011.

SPECIFIC MEDITATION STYLES AND FORMS


Beyond the Breath: Extraordinary Mindfulness Through Whole-Body Vipassana
Meditation
Marshall Glickman
North Clarendon, VT: Journey Editions. 2002.

Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation


Larry Rosenberg with David Guy
Boston, MA: Shambhala. 1998.

Lovingkindess: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness


Sharon Salzberg
Boston, MA: Shambhala. 2002.

The Matrix and Diamond World Mandalas in Shingon Buddhism (Sata-pitaka series)
Adrian P. Snodgrass
India: Aditya Prakashan. 1997.

The Meditative Mind: The Varieties of Meditative Experience


Daniel Goleman
New York: Tarcher. 1996.

The Yoga-Sutra of Patanjali: A New Translation with Commentary


Patanjali, with Chip Hartranft
Boston, MA: Shambhala Classics. 2003.

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MEDITATION IN THE INVESTMENT


PROFESSION AND BUSINESS WORLD
The Emotionally Intelligent Investor: How Self-Awareness, Empathy and Intuition Drive
Performance
Ravee Mehta
New York: LES Publishing. 2012.

Forget Greed Is Good . . . Now Mindfulness is City's Mantra: Growing Number of


Financiers Finding Solace in Form of Stress Relief
David Wilkes
Daily Mail, 5 May 2014

Here's What Google Teaches Employees in Its 'Search Inside Yourself' Course
Drake Baer
Business Insider, 6 August 2014

How to Live in the Moment and Get Work Done at the Same Time
Jenny Dearborn
Fast Company (publishing date unknown)

The Intuitive Investor: A Radical Guide for Manifesting Wealth


Jason Apollo Voss
New York: Select Books. 2010.

Meditation, Mindfulness Gaining Popularity in Silicon Valley


Pete Carey
San Jose Mercury News (publishing date unknown)

The Mindfulness Business


Schumpeter
Economist, 16 November 2013

’Mindfulness’ Gives Stressed-Out Bankers Something to Think About


Harriet Agnew
Financial Times, 4 May 2014

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NYU’s New Mindfulness in Business Initiative


Caitlin Weaver and Yael Shy
Huffington Post, 8 September 2014

Sitting Still for Inner Peace: Where to Meditate on the Hill


Marion Charatan
Capitol Hill Times, 18 December 2014

The Tao Jones Averages: A Guide to Whole-Brained Investing


Bennett W. Goodspeed
New York: Penguin. 1983.

10 Big Companies That Promote Employee Meditation


OnlineMBA, 1 February 2012

Why Every Investor Should Meditate: Enhancing Individual Team Performance


Jim Ware
Focus Consulting Group. 2001.

Why Must Financiers Meditate in Secret?


Andrew Hill
Financial Times, 28 April 2014

Why the World's Best Leaders Want to 'Meditate On It’


Rob Asghar
Forbes, 29 October 2014

NOTABLE INDIVIDUALS WHO MEDITATE AND


COMPANIES THAT ENCOURAGE MEDITATION
14 Executives Who Swear by Meditation
BusinessInsider. Last updated 9 May 2012.

Meditation and the Art of Helping MBA Students to Become Mindful


Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business. Accessed 8 June 2016.

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Meditation Sessions a Hit in Dysfunctional Congress


Page Six. Last modified 25 October 2014.

Paul Tudor Jones II, Advisory Board


University of Virginia, Contemplative Sciences Center. Accessed 12 August 2015.

Politicians Joined by Ruby Wax as Parliament Pauses for Meditation


Guardian. Last modified 7 May 2014.

Professional MBA, Management Courses, the Practice of Self-Management


Claremont Graduate University, Drucker School of Management. Accessed 12 August
2015.

Ray Dalio on Meditation


YouTube. Accessed 12 August 2015.

10 Big Companies That Promote Employee Meditation


OnlineMBA. Last modified 1 February 2012.

To Make a Killing on Wall Street, Start Meditating


Bloomberg Business. Last updated 28 May 2014.

Why Mindfulness and Business?


New York University, Stern School. Accessed 12 August 2015.

NONSECULAR RESOURCES
Buddhism
Buddhism.org

How-to-Meditate.org

Christianity
World Community for Christian Meditation

General
FreeMeditations.com

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Hinduism
The Hindu Universe

Judaism
Institute for Jewish Spirituality

Islam
Islamic Insights

SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZATIONS
American Mindfulness Research Association (US)
This association is made up of scientists—ranging from neuroscientists to psychologists—
and meditation practice communities. AMRA seeks to conduct empirical research about
the benefits of meditation. If you are interested in receiving a monthly update about
scientific papers featuring meditation, subscribe to AMRA’s newsletter.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (US)


The center provides an objective view of meditation from a national health authority.
Topics include a definition of meditation, a review of scientific research about the effi-
cacy of meditation, effects of meditation on the brain, and so forth. This site’s content is
created by medical doctors.

Oxford Mindfulness Centre (UK)


Founded within Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry in pursuit of scholarship,
science, and evidence-based medicine.

SECULAR RESOURCES
ABC-of-Meditation.com
This site is an excellent resource for those just starting out with meditation. It includes
information on different meditation forms, information on equipment, and even a sup-
port network for meditators.

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The Dark Night Project


This site is a resource for meditators who have suffered psychiatric problems after medi-
tating. Testimonials from this organization are referenced in a lengthy article in Atlantic
(see Rocha 2014 in the Skepticism Resources entries).

eMindful
The official partner of CFA Institute in providing meditation education.

Headspace.com
A pay site featuring many secular forms of meditation, including guided meditations,
and helpful ways of tracking your progress.

MeditationOasis.com
This site is a good resource for information about meditation generally. Many different
types of meditation are described, with examples. Predominately, the site focuses on
secular forms of meditation, although there are references to nonsecular forms, too.

Mindful Magazine
One of the nexus points for the meditation and mindfulness community. In addition to
excellent meditation content, they frequently feature thought leaders in the space who
discuss how to deal with life’s more difficult problems, workplace mindfulness, and
much more.

SKEPTICISM RESOURCES
A Bazillionaire’s Guide to Stress Relief
Michael Lewis
BloombergView, 15 June 2014

The Dark Knight of the Soul: For Some, Meditation Has Become More Curse than Cure.
Willoughby Britton Wants to Know Why
Tomas Rocha
Atlantic, 25 June 2014

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The Dark Side of Meditation and Mindfulness: Treatment Can Trigger Mania,
Repression and Psychosis, New Book Claims
Harriet Crawford
Daily Mail, 22 May 2015

Doing Something Is Better Than Doing Nothing for Most People, Study Shows
Fariss Sammarai
UVA Today, 3 July 2014

The Downsides to Mindfulness Practices at Work


Vivian Giang
Fast Company, 2015

The Hidden Dangers of Meditation and Mindfulness


Nancy El-Gamel
Waikato Times, 7 July 2015

Is Meditation Overrated?
Melinda Wenner Moyer
Scientific American, 1 May 2014

Meditation Has Limited Benefits, Study Finds


Lindsay Gellman
Wall Street Journal, 6 January 2014

Meditation Is Fine, but What about the Buddhism Behind It?


Jessica Brown
Independent, 29 August 2014

Meditation Is Touted as a Cure for Mental Instability but Can It Actually Be Bad for You?
Miguel Farias
Independent, 21 May 2015

Meditation Techniques for People Who Hate Meditation


Stephanie Vozza
Fast Company (publishing date unknown)

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Mindfulness: Does It Really Live Up to the Hype?


Polly Vernon
Telegraph, 19 October 2014

’Mindfulness’ Technique Outrages Parents


Evan Harding
Southland Times, 29 August 2014

Mindfulness Therapy Comes at a High Price for Some, Say Experts


Robert Booth
Guardian, 25 August 2014

My Trouble with Mindfulness


Jill Suttie
Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, 9 February 2015

Revealed: Meditation Can Trigger Depression and Anxiety, According to New Research
that Claims Practice Can Release Traumatic Memories and Psychological Issues
Laura House
Daily Mail, 28 June 2015

There Are Risks to Mindfulness at Work


David Brendel
Harvard Business Review, 11 February 2015

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