A Path with Heart

A Path with Heart

Jack Kornfield’s A Path with Heart has been acclaimed as the most significant book yet about American Buddhism—a definitive guide to the practice of traditional mindfulness in America today. On this audio edition, Kornfield teaches the key principles of...
A Path With Heart

A Path With Heart

Books In undertaking a spiritual life, we must make certain that our path is connected with our heart. Since 1974 (long before it gained popularity in the 1990s), Jack has been teaching westerners how to integrate Eastern teaching into their daily lives. Through...
Heart Wisdom – Ep. 77 – Path of Inner Development

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 77 – Path of Inner Development

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 77 – Path of Inner Development As we reflect on the difficult and divisive time that the world finds itself in, let’s look at the ways that inner development, through mindfulness and meditation practice, can enable us to form solutions...
Heart Wisdom – Ep. 72 – Exploring the Eightfold Path

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 72 – Exploring the Eightfold Path

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 72 – Exploring the Eightfold Path “In the ever-changing circumstance of the world – those outer circumstances are not what makes you happy. They will for a while, there is a certain kind of pleasure there, but the deepest happiness...
Heart Wisdom – Ep. 68 – Path of Joy

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 68 – Path of Joy

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 68 – Path of Joy Through our various spiritual practices we are bearing witness to our human incarnation in a way that is unlike any other. We can find joy, even in the face of life’s greatest difficulties. The journey of awakening is one that...
Simplicity and Sympathy – Heart Wisdom – Episode 14

Simplicity and Sympathy – Heart Wisdom – Episode 14

Simplicity and Sympathy – Heart Wisdom – Episode 14 The spirit of simplicity, presence and sympathy of heart can carry us through the most difficult and beautiful of times. When we learn to make peace with the way life is, with the understanding that this...
The Bodhisattva’s Path

The Bodhisattva’s Path

The Bodhisattva’s Path   Bodhisattva is the Sanskrit word for a being who is devoted to awakening and to acting for the benefit of all that lives. The way of the bodhisattva is one of the most radical and powerful of all Buddhist forms of practice. It is radical...
Heart Wisdom – Ep. 88 – Realizing, Overcoming, Liberating

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 88 – Realizing, Overcoming, Liberating

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 88 – Realizing, Overcoming, Liberating As you practice in Dharma you get a sense that the allowing of things is what brings freedom. In this episode, we begin with a reflection on the paradoxical course of awakening laid out by The Buddha in...
Heart Wisdom – Ep. 85 – Enlightenments

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 85 – Enlightenments

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 85 – Enlightenments If the liberation of consciousness is the goal of spiritual practice, then why is it such a taboo to talk about actually reaching enlightenment in this life? We can unpack the concept of enlightenment by looking at the many...
Heart Wisdom – Ep. 74 – The Heart of Compassion

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 74 – The Heart of Compassion

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 74 – The Heart of Compassion Perfections of the Heart (Opening) – We reflect on the Buddhist teachings known as the Ten Paramitas, also known as the Ten Perfections of the Heart. We look at the importance of the Paramita of Metta...
Heart Wisdom – Ep. 73 – The Garden of the Heart

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 73 – The Garden of the Heart

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 73 – The Garden of the Heart Tending the Garden of the Heart (Opening) – Our mindfulness and meditation practice is a practice of gardening the heart. What can happen to the suffering in the world if we spread the seeds of compassion and love?...
Healing the Heart

Healing the Heart

Healing the Heart Just as we open and heal the body by sensing its rhythms and touching it with a deep and kind attention, so we can open and heal other dimensions of our being. The heart and the feelings go through a similar process of healing through the offering of...
Learning the Middle Path

Learning the Middle Path

Learning the Middle Path Learning the Middle Path, the life of balance, allows the heart’s natural awareness and compassion to grow. We become free and gracious. I heard a story from the first Western monastery that my teacher Ajahn Chah set up in a forest two...
Heart Wisdom – Ep. 59 – A Bodhisattva in the World

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 59 – A Bodhisattva in the World

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 59 – A Bodhisattva in the World A Bodhisattva is one who has tread the path to freedom laid out by the Buddha and dedicates their life to sharing that with the world. On this episode of Heart Wisdom, Jack shows us ways to find the Bodhisattva...

The Awakened Heart: A Benefit for InsightLA

Join us for a joyful day of transformative teachings, wonderful stories, heart practices, and awakening together. In these turbulent and divisive times, more than ever we need ways to steady our hearts, calm our minds, clear our vision and inspire our action. We will...
Heart Wisdom – Ep. 54 – The Seat of Awakening

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 54 – The Seat of Awakening

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 54 – The Seat of Awakening On this episode of Heart Wisdom, Jack explores what it means to take the seat of awakening. Jack tells the story of the Buddha’s literal and figurative seat of awakening. The seat of awakening is the place from which...
Heart Wisdom – Ep. 51 – Identity and Freedom

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 51 – Identity and Freedom

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 51 – Identity and Freedom Jack delivers a talk on how identity leads us to suffer and shares the Buddha’s path towards freedom from that suffering. The Buddha’s teachings are a path to end suffering. Part of this is our identity, which is...
Service Is the Expression of the Awakened Heart

Service Is the Expression of the Awakened Heart

Service Is the Expression of the Awakened Heart Years ago Ram Dass went to his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, to ask, “How can I best be enlightened?” His guru answered, “Love people.” When he asked about the most direct path to awakening, his guru answered, “Feed people....
Heart Wisdom – Ep. 47 – Nobility and Love

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 47 – Nobility and Love

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 47 – Nobility and Love On this episode of Heart Wisdom, Jack talks about leadership, nobility, and love. American presidents George Washington and Lincoln are used as examples of men who showed true nobility of heart. There is a sense of...
The Zen of an Aching Heart

The Zen of an Aching Heart

The Zen of an Aching Heart “Your days pass like rainbows, like a flash of lightning, like a star at dawn. Your life is short. How can you quarrel?” ~Buddha  In the Jewish mystical tradition, one great Rabbi taught his disciples to memorize and contemplate...
Heart Wisdom – Ep. 40 – Buddha’s Last Teachings

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 40 – Buddha’s Last Teachings

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 40 – Buddha’s Last Teachings During the last year of his life, the Buddha imparted many teachings to his followers and future seekers on the path. Guidance for practice, and instructions for building and sustaining wise relationships were the...
Heart Wisdom – Ep. 36 – The Ten Perfections

Heart Wisdom – Ep. 36 – The Ten Perfections

Marco The Ten Perfections within Buddhism naturally arise in the stillness and steadiness of our practice. These qualities can be developed and applied in any situation and are extremely useful in bringing the path of awakening into everyday life. They are not meant...
The Path Is Not Linear but Circular and Continuous

The Path Is Not Linear but Circular and Continuous

The Path Is Not Linear but Circular and Continuous Systematic depictions of spiritual stages can make it seem as if the path is simple, linear, and progressive, as if spiritual life were a step-by-step development of oneself over time. In one way, the maps are...
Inner Freedom: Liberation of the Heart

Inner Freedom: Liberation of the Heart

Inner Freedom: Liberation of the Heart If we do not focus on human limits and pathology, what is the alternative?  There is another orientation, a way to recover our human happiness.  It is the belief that human freedom is possible under any circumstances.  Buddhist...
Planting Seeds on the Middle Path

Planting Seeds on the Middle Path

Planting Seeds on the Middle Path A.T. Ariyaratne, a former schoolteacher and Buddhist elder, is considered the Ghandi of Sri Lanka. Refusing to take sides in any form of conflict, Ari’s life is an expression of the middle way. For over two decades there has been a...
Obstacles Are Part of the Path

Obstacles Are Part of the Path

Obstacles Are Part of the Path When we examine our own minds we will inevitably encounter the root forces of greed, fear, prejudice, hatred, and desire, which create so much sorrow in the world. They become an opportunity for us. They raise a central question for...
Heart Wisdom Podcast – Ep. 21 – What Changes Us

Heart Wisdom Podcast – Ep. 21 – What Changes Us

Heart Wisdom Podcast – Ep. 21 – What Changes Us The spiritual path seems as much a journey of becoming who we are, rather than attaining some elevated sense of self. But what circumstances must arise in order for us to honor our particular incarnation, and...
The Awakened Heart – Heart Wisdom – Episode 15

The Awakened Heart – Heart Wisdom – Episode 15

The Awakened Heart – Heart Wisdom – Episode 15 We all carry questions about our lives and how we might find relief from the struggles we encounter throughout our mysterious incarnations. Who are we and how can we come to understand what it truly means to...
The One Who Knows – Heart Wisdom – Episode 12

The One Who Knows – Heart Wisdom – Episode 12

The One Who Knows – Heart Wisdom – Episode 12 Behind all the drama of our lives, there is something unchanging and ever-present, for everyone to discover. Our methods and practices point us in the direction of this awakening, as we move from reaction to...
Healing the Heart

Freedom of the Heart – Heart Wisdom – Episode 11

Freedom of the Heart – Heart Wisdom – Episode 11 The vastness of the human heart is as timeless as it is profound. No matter the circumstance, we can choose to remain openhearted, knowing that the possibility of freedom is available to everyone. Episode...
Nothing Left Out – Heart Wisdom – Episode 10

Nothing Left Out – Heart Wisdom – Episode 10

Nothing Left Out – Heart Wisdom – Episode 10 ‘It’s not the future of humanity, but the presence of eternity’. With this in mind, we begin to understand the necessity for acceptance, in all aspects of our experience. The invitation offered...
Through the Eyes of Wisdom – Heart Wisdom – Episode 09

Through the Eyes of Wisdom – Heart Wisdom – Episode 09

Through the Eyes of Wisdom – Heart Wisdom – Episode 09 Wisdom is eternally gracious; it sees the world as it is, vast and ever changing. It allows us to become ourselves, to awaken to the actual experience of existence, without getting caught in it. We...
Transforming Darkness – Heart Wisdom – Episode 08

Transforming Darkness – Heart Wisdom – Episode 08

Transforming Darkness – Heart Wisdom – Episode 08 In attempting to draw light into our lives, we inevitably encounter the intrinsic darkness that surrounds our existence. Our task, as honorable beings, is to avoid letting the ignorant darkness take over...
The Heart’s Intention

The Heart’s Intention

The Heart’s Intention Becoming aware of intention is the key to awakening in moment-to-moment practice. In each situation that calls for our engagement, some inner intention will precede our response. Buddhist psychology teaches that intention is what makes the...
Skillful Service is Born of a Quiet Heart

Skillful Service is Born of a Quiet Heart

Skillful Service is Born of a Quiet Heart Wise intention and skillful service need to be nourished by periods of quiet and prayer. Every great tradition includes some from of the Sabbath. In the West we inherited the blessing of the Christian and Jewish Sabbath....
The Wise Heart

The Wise Heart

Books You have within you unlimited capacities for love, for joy, for communion with life, and for unshakable freedom—and here is how to awaken them. In The Wise Heart, one of the leading spiritual teachers of our time offers the most accessible and illuminating guide...
Seeking The Heart Of Wisdom

Seeking The Heart Of Wisdom

Results for "book present" In Seeking the Heart of Wisdom Joseph Goldstein and Jack present the central teachings and practices of insight meditation in a clear and personal language. The path of insight meditation is a journey of understanding our bodies,...
The Wise Heart

The Wise Heart

You have within you an unlimited capacity for extraordinary love, for joy, for communion with life, and for unshakable freedom and here is how to awaken it. On The Wise Heart, celebrated author and psychologist Jack Kornfield offers an accessible, comprehensive, and...
FREE: How to Create a Home Retreat & Find Freedom Wherever You Are

FREE: How to Create a Home Retreat & Find Freedom Wherever You Are

Creating a Home Retreat: Finding Freedom Wherever You Are   DOWNLOAD A COPY HERE Hi Dear Ones, When a widespread difficulty like the Coronavirus pandemic grows, it becomes important to draw on our inner strength. It is the time to pause, reflect and bring wisdom,...
Stop the War Within

Stop the War Within

Stop the War Within   We human beings are constantly in combat, at war to escape the fact of being so limited, limited by so many circumstances we cannot control. But instead of escaping, we continue to create suffering, waging war with good, waging war with...
Naming the Wanting Mind

Naming the Wanting Mind

Naming the Wanting Mind This human world is sometimes called the desire realm because so much of it runs on desire and wanting. How to relate wisely with desire and wanting is a central question to all who wish to live with inner well-being and freedom. We can start...
Did I Love Well?

Did I Love Well?

Did I Love Well?   Even the most exalted states and the most exceptional spiritual accomplishments are unimportant if we cannot be happy in the most basic and ordinary ways, if we cannot touch one another and the life we have been given with our hearts. In...
Freedom from Repetitive Thoughts

Freedom from Repetitive Thoughts

Freedom from Repetitive Thoughts   There are a few basic principles for learning how to release the contractions and stuck places we encounter in meditation. One of the most helpful of these principles is called Expanding the Field of Attention. A repeated...
Letting Go

Letting Go

Letting Go In the stress and complexity of our lives, we may forget our deepest intentions. But when people come to the end of their life and look back, the questions that they most often ask are not usually, “How much is in my bank account?” or “How many books did I...
Necessary Healing

Necessary Healing

Necessary Healing True maturation on the spiritual path requires that we discover the depth of our wounds. As Achaan Chah put it, “If you haven’t cried a number of times, your meditation hasn’t really begun.” Almost everyone who undertakes a true spiritual path will...

LiveTalks Los Angeles w/Dan Siegel

Jack Kornfield in conversation with Dan Siegel discussing his upcoming book, No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are. About the book: In No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are, internationally...

Reading & Book Signing @ Book Passage

About the book: In No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are, internationally beloved teacher of meditation and mindfulness Jack Kornfield reveals that you can be happy now, this minute, with the keys to inner freedom. In his first...
Enacting Mindfully

Enacting Mindfully

Enacting Mindfully Another means for working with difficulties is called Enacting It Mindfully. Let’s face it, we act out most of our desires anyway. In this way, we take whatever difficulty has repeated itself, and fulfill it while being fully aware of what is...
The Sacredness of Form

The Sacredness of Form

The Sacredness of Form “Teach us to care and not to care.” ~T.S. Elliot  If you tell a Zen master everything is like a dream, she will take her stick and whack you over the head.  Then she will ask, “Is that a dream?”  Focusing on the big picture alone is...
Undertaking the Five Precepts: Nonharming as a Gift to the World

Undertaking the Five Precepts: Nonharming as a Gift to the World

Undertaking the Five Precepts: Nonharming as a Gift to the World Every great spiritual system offers guidelines for ethical conduct as a statement that spiritual life cannot be separated from our words and actions. A conscious commitment to virtue and nonharming is...
The Place of Forgiveness

The Place of Forgiveness

The Place of Forgiveness Inevitably in working with the mixed difficulties of communities, teachers, and ourselves, we will be asked for a certain measure of forgiveness. Forgiveness does not condone the behavior of students, community members, or teachers who have...
Establish Clear Ethical Guidelines

Establish Clear Ethical Guidelines

Establish Clear Ethical Guidelines The most obvious principle in the maintenance of a wise spiritual community is the establishment of clear ethical guidelines that are followed by all. Each great spiritual tradition has some version of these. The question is: Are...
Enacting Mindfully

Enacting Mindfully

Enacting Mindfully The fifth skillful means for working with difficulties is called Enacting It Mindfully. Let’s face it, we act out most of our desires anyway. In the fifth way, we take whatever difficulty has repeated itself, and fulfill it while being fully aware...
Know That Power is Not Wisdom

Know That Power is Not Wisdom

Know That Power is Not Wisdom To further sort out the gold from the dross in spiritual life we must distinguish between wisdom and power. Powers can include psychic ability, special spiritual energy, creating visions for students, or just plain charisma. There are...
Recognize the Halo Effect

Recognize the Halo Effect

Recognize the Halo Effect In order to take what’s good, we need to recognize a second principle of wise relationship and disentangle ourselves from the halo effect. The halo effect is the unexamined assumption that if a meditation master or spiritual teacher is good...
Take What’s Good

Take What’s Good

Take What’s Good When dealing with the humanness and the complexity of teachers, it is helpful to keep a few other principles in mind. One is called take what’s good. After studying with my first teacher, Achaan Chah, who was impeccable in conduct, in many ways...
Grasping and Wanting

Grasping and Wanting

Grasping and Wanting Grasping and wanting are two names for the most painful aspects of desire. Because our language uses the word desire in so many ways, it is helpful to sort them out. There are beneficial desires such as the desire for the well being of others, the...
How to Begin Naming

How to Begin Naming

How to Begin Naming Begin by sitting comfortably, focusing awareness on your breathing. As you feel each breath, carefully acknowledge it with a simple name: “in-breath, out-breath,” saying the words silently and softly in the back of your mind. This will help you...
Discover What Is Asking for Acceptance

Discover What Is Asking for Acceptance

Discover What Is Asking for Acceptance Discover what is asking for acceptance… This may sound like a very complicated and busy way to meditate, but in practice it is very simple. The general rule is simply to sit and be aware of what arises. If there are...
The Entry to Expanded Consciousness: Access Concentration

The Entry to Expanded Consciousness: Access Concentration

The Entry to Expanded Consciousness: Access Concentration The gateway to both the Realms of Absorption and the Realms of Dissolution is a stabilization of heart and mind called access concentration. Access concentration is the first strong level of presentness and...
All Experiences are Side Effects

All Experiences are Side Effects

All Experiences are Side Effects Even with a teacher, there are three principles to keep in mind in working with these unfamiliar realms of our spiritual life. The first principle is the understanding that All Spiritual Phenomena Are Side Effects. In the Buddhist...
The Unique Expression of True Self

The Unique Expression of True Self

The Unique Expression of True Self In awakening our Buddha nature, we find that there is one further aspect of self to understand, the need to honor our personal destiny. This discovery is an essential task, especially for those of us in the West. In traditional...
Developing a Healing Attention

Developing a Healing Attention

Developing a Healing Attention Sit comfortably and quietly. Let your body rest easily. Breathe gently. Let go of your thoughts, past and future, memories and plans. Just be present. Begin to let your own precious body reveal the places that most need healing. Allow...
Meditation: Becoming Simple and Transparent

Meditation: Becoming Simple and Transparent

Meditation: Becoming Simple and Transparent As you reflect on your spiritual life you can ask yourself: What do you know in your heart about the truth of life? Do you actually need more knowledge than this, or is this simple fundamental wisdom enough? What keeps you...
Misconceptions About Selflessness

Misconceptions About Selflessness

Misconceptions About Selflessness Misconceptions about selflessness and emptiness abound, and such confusions undermine genuine spiritual development. Some people believe that they can come to selflessness by struggling to get rid of their ego-centered self. Others...
Healing Through Emptiness

Healing Through Emptiness

Healing Through Emptiness The last aspect of mindful healing is awareness of the universal laws that govern life. Central to it is an understanding of emptiness. This is most difficult to describe in words. In fact, while I can try to describe it here, the...
Boredom

Boredom

Boredom Another form of aversion that we can learn to be mindful of is boredom. Usually we are afraid of boredom and will do anything to avoid it. So we go to the refrigerator, pick up the phone, watch TV, read a novel, busy ourselves constantly in an attempt to...
A Full Awareness of the Feelings

A Full Awareness of the Feelings

A Full Awareness of the Feelings This is a second principle for releasing repeated patterns-Open to a Full Awareness of the Feelings. It is the feeling level that controls most of our inner life, yet often we are truly unconscious of our feelings. Our culture has...
Awareness of the Dance

Awareness of the Dance

Awareness of the Dance At times in intensive spiritual training, or in extreme or accidental circumstances, powerful altered states and energetic processes can emerge. We may become frightened by altered states, so that as they arise we resist and judge them:...
Attitudes Toward Altered States

Attitudes Toward Altered States

Attitudes Toward Altered States The following passage is taken from, “A Path With Heart: A Guide Through The Perils And Promises of Spiritual Life” Before we can understand non-ordinary states, we must realize that spiritual traditions hold two widely...
Tending the Garden of the Dharma for 25 Years

Tending the Garden of the Dharma for 25 Years

Tending the Garden of the Dharma for 25 Years   by Walt Opie Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist...

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About Jack Kornfield Peace comes when our hearts are open like the sky, vast as the ocean. Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to...
The Essential Jack Kornfield Collection

The Essential Jack Kornfield Collection

Bestselling author Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught worldwide since 1974. A cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and of Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California, he is one of the...
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

Books When does enlightenment come? At the end of the spiritual journey? Or the beginning? On After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, Jack Kornfield—author of the modern classic on American Buddhism, A Path with Heart—brings into focus the truth about satori, the awakened...
Buddhist Meditation for Beginners

Buddhist Meditation for Beginners

Known for bringing insight meditation to the West and for his many best-selling books, including A Path with Heart (over 100, 000 copies in print), Jack Kornfield now offers a collection of his most popular teachings with Buddhist Meditation for...
Audio: The Return Of Joy

Audio: The Return Of Joy

Audio: The Return Of Joy If we cannot be happy in spite of our difficulties, what good is our spiritual practice? There is an unquenchable human spirit born anew in each child. This spirit which has carried Nelson Mandella and so many others though hardship and storms...
Navigating Rough Waters

Navigating Rough Waters

Navigating Rough Waters   Every morning when the Dalai Lama wakes up, he begins his morning practices with a prayer from Shantideva: “May I be a guard for those who need protection; a guide for those on the path; a boat, a raft, a bridge for those to cross the...
The Bodhisattva Response to Coronavirus

The Bodhisattva Response to Coronavirus

The Bodhisattva Response to Coronavirus   Dear Friends,We have a choice.Epidemics, like earthquakes, tornadoes and floods, are part of the cycle of life on planet Earth.How will we respond?With greed, hatred, fear and ignorance? This only brings more suffering.Or...
The Wisdom of Not Knowing

The Wisdom of Not Knowing

The Wisdom of Not Knowing Wisdom is not knowing but being. The Christian mystics instructed seekers to enter the Cloud of Unknowing with a trusting heart. The wise heart is not one that understands everything—it is the heart that can tolerate the truth of not knowing....
The World Needs Your Love

The World Needs Your Love

Results for "human" Guilt and anger and fear are part of the problem. If you want to save the world, save it because you love it! —Gary SnyderIt is easy to feel overwhelmed by global problems. Climate change. Conflicts across the Middle East. Racism....
Do Not Despair

Do Not Despair

Do Not Despair Many of us wrestle with our response to the sufferings of the country and the world. What can we do in the face of poverty, disease, war, injustice, and environmental devastation? With the torrent of news, it is easy to despair, to become cynical or...
Loving Ram Dass

Loving Ram Dass

Results for "ram dass" After I got the call that Ram Dass had died yesterday, I closed my eyes.He is still here.I could feel the vast field of love that was shining from Ram Dass when Trudy and I taught with him just a couple of weeks ago. And I always...
Learning from Doubt

Learning from Doubt

Learning from Doubt When we learn about doubt in meditation, we can then learn to face doubt wisely in our life. Here’s how to start: begin by looking at doubt carefully and with detachment. Have we ever really observed the voice that says, ‘‘I can’t do it. It’s too...
The Colorings of Consciousness

The Colorings of Consciousness

The Colorings of Consciousness Consciousness is colored by the states that visit it.—Buddha “Eh,” my teacher Ajahn Chah would peer at me when I was having a hard time, “caught in some state again?” In the forest monastery we were constantly being directed...
Freedom from Suffering

Freedom from Suffering

Freedom from Suffering “In a world of tension and breakdown it is necessary for there to be those who seek to integrate their inner lives not by avoiding sorrow and anguish and running from their problems, but by facing them in their naked reality and ordinariness.”...
Living Here and Now

Living Here and Now

Living Here and Now The present moment is the doorway to true calm. It is the only place you can love or awaken—the eternal present. You cannot know the future. But here and now you can create a life of dignity and compassion, a day at a time. You can plant beautiful...
Understanding Your Own Mind

Understanding Your Own Mind

Understanding Your Own Mind In popular Western culture we are taught that the way to achieve happiness is to change our external environment to fit our wishes. But this strategy doesn’t work. In every life, pleasure and pain, gain and loss, praise and blame keep...
Living Mindfully in Modern Society

Living Mindfully in Modern Society

Results for "love" Every morning I awaken torn between the desire to save the world and the inclination to savor it.— E.B. White Spiritual life may initially be focused on self-transformation, but as mindfulness and compassion grow we naturally become...
Radiate Love

Radiate Love

Radiate Love In a psychology of liberation, selflessness is a therapeutic necessity. Even though the whole concept may seem initially frightening and confusing, it is really quite simple. It is only the small self, the self-centered “ego” that cannot imagine how we...
Love vs. Attachment

Love vs. Attachment

Love vs. Attachment Each of the qualities of the awakened heart, such as love, joy and peace, have what are called “near enemies”—aspects which mimic and limit them. The near enemy of love is attachment. Attachment masquerades as love. It says, “I...

Benefit Weekend Retreat @ Spirit Rock

On the weekend of May 17-19, a small group of Spirit Rock supporters will gather for an intimate three-day retreat with Spirit Rock Founder Jack Kornfield. Together, we will develop the heart quality of love, dwelling in kind awareness as we practice metta and...
Dharma & Politics

Dharma & Politics

Dharma & Politics Many Buddhist practitioners have questioned what to do in these turbulent times. More than anything, I believe the world is in need of a spiritual perspective. The Dharma teachings of generosity, virtue, loving-kindness, and wisdom are...
Awakening Love

Awakening Love

Awakening Love The Buddha taught that we can develop loving-kindness by visualizing how a caring mother holds her beloved child. Love is our true nature, but it is often covered over by a protective layer of fear. The Buddhist path uses systematic trainings to...
Meditation on Gratitude and Joy

Meditation on Gratitude and Joy

Meditation on Gratitude and Joy Let yourself sit quietly and at ease. Allow your body to be relaxed and open, your breath natural, your heart easy. Begin the practice of gratitude by feeling how year after year you have cared for your own life. Now let yourself begin...
Human Flourishing

Human Flourishing

Human Flourishing How can we foster peace and understanding, compassion and well-being for humans and for all beings? We know this is possible individually. In our practice and teaching of mindfulness, loving-kindness, compassion, forgiveness and other trainings of...
Love Says We Are Everything

Love Says We Are Everything

Love Says We Are Everything When we first hear them, the Buddhist teachings of non-self can arouse confusion or even fear. We might fear that non-self means the loss of our self, as if we were going to die. But the psychology of non-self is quite different. In...
Audio: The Joy of Virtue

Audio: The Joy of Virtue

Audio: The Joy of Virtue Conscious conduct or virtue, means acting harmoniously and with care toward the life around us. For spiritual practice to develop, it is absolutely essential that we establish a basis of moral conduct in our lives. If we are engaged in actions...

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