A Path With Heart
In undertaking a spiritual life, we must make certain that our path is connected with our heart, according to author and Buddhist monk Jack Kornfield. Since 1974 (long before it gained popularity in the 1990s), Kornfield has been teaching westerners how to integrate Eastern teaching into their daily lives. Through generous storytelling and unmitigated warmth, Kornfield offers this excellent guidebook on living with attentiveness, meditation, and full-tilt compassion.
Part of what makes this book so accessible is Kornfield’s use of everyday metaphors to describe the elusive lessons of spiritual transformation. For example, he opens with “the one seat” lesson taught to him by his esteemed teacher. Literally it means sitting in the center of a room and not being swayed or moved by all the people and dramas happening around you. On a spiritual level it means sticking “with one practice and teacher among all of the possibilities,” writes Kornfield; “inwardly it means having the determination to stick with that practice through whatever difficulties and doubts arise until you have come to true clarity and understanding.” The same could be said for this “one book.” Among all the spiritual self-help books, this is a classic worth sticking with and returning to–a highly approachable teacher that can only lead to greater clarity and understanding.
After The Ecstasy, The Laundry
“Enlightenment does exist,” internationally renowned author and meditation master Jack Kornfield assures us. “Unbounded freedom and joy, oneness with the divine … these experiences are more common than you know, and not far away.”
But even after achieving such realization – after the ecstasy – we are faced with the day-to-day task of translating that freedom into our imperfect lives. We are faced with the laundry.
Drawing on the experiences and insights of leaders and practitioners within the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Sufi traditions, this book offers a uniquely intimate and honest understanding of how the modern spiritual journey unfolds – and how we can prepare our hearts for awakening.
Through moving personal stories and traditional tales, we learn how the enlightened heart navigates the real world of family relationships, emotional pain, earning a living, sickness, loss, and death.
Filled with “the laughter of the wise,” alive with compassion, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry is a gift to anyone who is seeking peace, wholeness, and inner happiness. It is sure to take its place next to A Path with Heart as a spiritual classic for our time.
The inner art of Meditation
Audio CD 6 Discs
Now you can transform driving, shopping, or waiting in line into calming experiences of mindfulness. This unique audio course was carefully distilled from Jack Kornfield’s most popular retreat, a 5-week workshop on mindful meditation. Kornfield shows listeners how to benefit from the 2,500-year-old system for becoming fully aware of how our actions in each moment create the fabric of our lives. He provides exercises and teachings for starting – and sticking with – a real meditation practice. Kornfield is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and the Spirit Rock Retreat Center.
Reviewer: David from Los Angeles, California
An excellent introduction to meditation. This is basically a five week course which includes instruction and stories that are loaded with Buddhist wisdom regarding the meditative path. The recording was done at Dr. Kornfield’s retreat and it has a very intimate feel. People ask him questions and he responds with compassion and a lot of humor. Each class includes two 10 or 15 minute meditations in which Dr. Kornfield guides you through, but there is also a lot of silence in which you are to always “return to the breath”. It is really a worthwhile course for anyone that is interested in how to meditate.
Your Buddha Nature
Here’s an opportunity to explore the Ten Perfections with one of the pre-eminent meditation instructors of our time. The Perfections are Buddhism’s most basic foundation and include such universal virtues as truthfulness, simplicity, and loving kindness. These virtues are not remote possibilities – they are immediate answers to the problems and challenges we face every day of our lives. In this comprehensive curriculum, Jack Kornfield introduces the 10 paramitas (inner perfections,) and shows how they can bring a sublime new dimension to any spiritual practice. With meditations and mindfulness techniques to help you understand and practice the Ten Perfections, this audio retreat invites you to experience life to the fullest.