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...
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...
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...
Right Understanding

Right Understanding

Right Understanding The path of awakening begins with a step the Buddha called right understanding. Right understanding has two parts. To start with, it asks a question of our hearts. What do we really value, what do we really care about in this life? Our lives are...
Karma, Intention & Wise Speech

Karma, Intention & Wise Speech

Karma, Intention & Wise Speech People often struggle to understand karma. Karma is simply the law of cause and effect, and in our lives this law of cause and effect depends on our intention. To understand, notice how the motivation or intention preceding an...
The Temple of Healing

The Temple of Healing

The Temple of Healing We all need healing at different times in our lives. Sometimes we need healing for physical illness. At other times, we need to heal the traumas that we’ve suffered and find ways to release the difficulties of the past we carry in our bodies. We...
Happiness Now

Happiness Now

Happiness Now After more than 40 years teaching mindfulness and compassion to thousands on the spiritual path, the most important message I can offer is this: You don’t have to wait to be free. You don’t need to postpone being happy. All too often the...

Press & Media

Press & Media For speaking/teaching invitations: info@jackkornfield.com Training Wheels, Tricycle Magazine, March 29, 2022 Jack Kornfield and Katy Butler remember Thich Nhat Hanh, KCRW: “Life Examined,” February 5, 2022 The humbling presence of Thich...
Open to Mystery

Open to Mystery

Open to Mystery   Marcel Proust once said, “The real voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Buddhist practice gives us new eyes. It offers an invitation to awe. Several years ago the great Hubble telescope was turned...
Choose Love

Choose Love

Choose Love We all want to love and be loved. Love is the natural order, the main attraction, the mover of nations, the bees in spring, the tender touch, the first and the last word. It is like gravity, a mysterious force that ties all things together, the heart’s...
Reclaiming Our Lost Sense of Self

Reclaiming Our Lost Sense of Self

Results for "acceptance" How can our practice help us develop a healthy and full sense of self? How can we come to true self? There are several aspects of this process to understand. Our initial sense of self or positive ego strength, as it is described in...
Patience is the Wrong Word

Patience is the Wrong Word

Patience is the Wrong Word Patience has a certain impatience built into it. In Zen the word is “constancy.” Instead of patience, constancy is a kind of dedication to what you love and what you care about, and with that dedication comes a trust that by planting...
Forgiveness Repairs the World

Forgiveness Repairs the World

Forgiveness Repairs the World Buddhist psychology offers specific teachings and practices for the development of forgiveness.  Like the practice of compassion, forgiveness does not ignore the truth of our suffering.  Forgiveness is not weak.  It demands courage and...
Forgiving Ourselves

Forgiving Ourselves

Forgiving Ourselves Finding a way to extend forgiveness to ourselves is one of our most essential tasks. Just as others have been caught in suffering, so have we. If we look honestly at our life, we can see the sorrows and pain that have led to our own wrongdoing. In...
Moving Toward Freedom

Moving Toward Freedom

Moving Toward Freedom Learning takes place only in a mind that is innocent and vulnerable.—Krishnamurti There are four principles for mindful transformation of difficulties, poetically articulated by Michele McDonald with the acronym RAIN. RAIN stands for Recognition,...
Redemption and Forgiveness

Redemption and Forgiveness

Redemption and Forgiveness “No one is forgotten. It is a lie, any talk of God that does not comfort you.” ~Meister Ekhart Milarepa, the most famous saint in the Himalayas, was a Tibetan youth whose family was terribly abused by relatives after his father died. As a...
Sacred Perception

Sacred Perception

Sacred Perception   The saints are what they are, not because their sanctity makes them admirable to others, but because the gift of sainthood makes it possible for them to admire everybody else. — Thomas Merton  Each time we meet another human being and honor...
Malleability and Insight:  The Fruits of Concentration

Malleability and Insight: The Fruits of Concentration

Malleability and Insight: The Fruits of Concentration Once concentrated, the mind can be directed in specific ways.  This function is called “malleability of mind” in Buddhist psychology.   It means that we can shift the focus of the mind in surprisingly easy and...
Difficulties and Hindrances

Difficulties and Hindrances

Difficulties and Hindrances The Buddhist tradition speaks directly about the hindrances that are encountered in the course of the spiritual journey. Buddha said that those who conquer their own minds are greater than those who defeat a thousand men a thousand times in...
Concentration with Joy

Concentration with Joy

Concentration with Joy First, sit quietly for a few minutes.  Now reflect on the times in your life when you are most absorbed, concentrated and fully present. They maybe while gardening, playing tennis or basketball, writing computer code, listening to a friend, or...
Turning Toward Our Essence (Part Two)

Turning Toward Our Essence (Part Two)

Turning Toward Our Essence (Part Two) Read Part One: Turning Toward Our Essence  As we have seen, when we turn to investigate who is being aware we may feel confused, like a fish looking for water. There’s not something solid to find. When we look for consciousness,...
Redemption and Forgiveness

Practice: Visualization

Practice: Visualization To work with a sacred image, choose someone who inspires you, St. Francis or Kwan Yin the goddess of infinite mercy, Jesus or Mary, Buddha or Tara.  It helps to have a clear, beautiful picture that you can place in front of you while...
Finding Refuge (Part Two)

Finding Refuge (Part Two)

Finding Refuge (Part Two) (Read Part One of Finding Refuge)  Traditionally, there are three levels of Buddhist refuge, outer, inner and innermost.  On the outer level, we take refuge in the historical Buddha, a remarkably wise human being who pointed the way to inner...
Finding Refuge

Finding Refuge

Finding Refuge Victor Frankel, the concentration camp survivor, was also the founder of logotherapy.  He discovered that most of those who survived the camps did so only if they had faith in a greater purpose for themselves and the world. Like these survivors, we each...
The Storytelling Mind

The Storytelling Mind

The Storytelling Mind   When I first took robes and entered the monastic community of Ajahn Chah, I had already been practicing meditation for two years. Now, sitting and walking mindfully for hours in a little hut in the forest clearing, my mind gradually became...
Disentangling from the Story

Disentangling from the Story

Disentangling from the Story It is a great relief to discover that our stories do not fully define who we are, or what is happening to us.  One practitioner was on a summer retreat at a camp in the redwoods. She awoke in the middle of the night startled, heart...
Envision Liberation and Justice

Envision Liberation and Justice

Envision Liberation and Justice (Read Part One: Envision Liberation and Justice) At a more sophisticated level, Buddhist psychology shows how training in mindfulness, integrity, generosity, and respect can create a healthy society.  From village schools to community...
Envision Liberation and Justice

Envision Liberation and Justice

Envision Liberation and Justice If we are able to quiet the mind and face what is true it’s easier to envision liberation from suffering for ourselves, our community and the world.  Envisioning has enormous power. With our vision and imagination we can help...
Purification: The Gateway to Higher States

Purification: The Gateway to Higher States

Purification: The Gateway to Higher States Learning to concentrate, though initially difficult, works. Gradually, through repeated focus on our subject over hours and days, the mind’s wandering diminishes. It settles down and steadies itself on the subject of...
Open to Vastness

Open to Vastness

Open to Vastness You’ve had many tastes of the ever-present mystery of life when you’ve fallen in love or been present at the birth of a child, or by the timeless silence when you saw the Grand Canyon or looked through a telescope at the stars and galaxies. In...
You Will Survive

You Will Survive

You Will Survive One of the world’s greatest examples of how to survive difficult times is Nelson Mandela, the first president of modern South Africa. After twenty-seven years of imprisonment in Robben Island Prison, he remained unbowed and dignified, gracious, tender...
Concentration of Mind

Concentration of Mind

Concentration of Mind Out of a foundation of conscious conduct, the first steps of the mindful way, grows the second aspect of the path, which is called the development of samadhi, or steadiness and concentration of mind. As we bring the grace and harmony of virtue...
Inquiry and Observation

Inquiry and Observation

Inquiry and Observation Wisdom grows out of our clear seeing in each moment. Seeing the arising and passing of our experience and how we relate to it. It arises through our gentle and careful inquiry into the workings of the body and mind and through an open inquiry...
Judging Another

Judging Another

Judging Another One evening, the Buddha arose from his meditation and was seated outside the eastern gate of the park where he was staying. Then, King Pasenadi, arriving for a visit, greeted the Buddha and took a seat to one side. Just at that time, not so far away, a...
Suffering & Grace

Suffering & Grace

Suffering & Grace “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...
The Near Enemies of Awakening

The Near Enemies of Awakening

The Near Enemies of Awakening Compassion vs. Pity and Despair  The near enemy of compassion is pity. Instead of feeling the openness of compassion, pity says, “Oh, that poor person. I feel sorry for people like that.” Pity sees them as different from...
No Enlightened Retirement

No Enlightened Retirement

No Enlightened Retirement “If there be anywhere on earth a lover of God who is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love.” -Julian...
Awakening the Buddha of Wisdom in Difficulties

Awakening the Buddha of Wisdom in Difficulties

Awakening the Buddha of Wisdom in Difficulties “Who is your enemy? Mind is your enemy. Who is your friend? Mind is your friend.” ~Buddha I have on my refrigerator a picture of a solitary Chinese man returning from shopping with grocery bags in both hands,...
The Fix interviews Jack

The Fix interviews Jack

The Fix interviews Jack An Interview with Jack featured in TheFix.com. Have you worked with people struggling with substance and behavioral addictions? Over the years, many people struggling with addiction have come to learn Buddhist mindfulness and compassion. One...
Cultivating Compassion

Cultivating Compassion

Cultivating Compassion There are many levels on which we can strengthen and awaken compassion in our lives. We can practice it in silence as we sit. When thoughts or images of the suffering of other beings arise, either spontaneously or by intentionally calling them...
A Meditation on Lovingkindness

A Meditation on Lovingkindness

A Meditation on Lovingkindness This meditation uses words, images, and feelings to evoke a lovingkindness and friendliness toward oneself and others. With each recitation of the phrases, we are expressing an intention, planting the seeds of loving wishes over and over...
Forgiveness & Kind Intention

Forgiveness & Kind Intention

Forgiveness & Kind Intention   In the mandala of wholeness we are called to the practice of forgiveness. We must especially find a forgiving heart with family and those close to us. Only then can we bring it to the world. Whether we practice through Buddhist...
Spiritual Life Takes Courage

Spiritual Life Takes Courage

Spiritual Life Takes Courage Equanimity is not indifference, and compassion is not pity. True spirituality  requires us to be fully present for life. For us to begin to look directly at the world situation is not a question of ceremony or of religion. Meditation helps...
The Gates of Awakening

The Gates of Awakening

The Gates of Awakening Every spiritual tradition has stories of those who have awakened from their usual dreamlike state to a sacred way of being. Through initiation, purification, or prayer, or by a great spacious surrender to the dance of life, they come to know...
Mindfulness As Fearless Presence

Mindfulness As Fearless Presence

Mindfulness As Fearless Presence The art of living is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive....
Awakening Inner Wisdom to Navigate Through Difficult Times

Awakening Inner Wisdom to Navigate Through Difficult Times

Awakening Inner Wisdom to Navigate Through Difficult Times by Diane Williams When the path ahead is unknown and may even appear menacing, how do we move forward with courage? Is it possible not to react with anger, frustration and sadness when our hopes and dreams...

Links

Links and Resources Vipassana Centers in the US Spirit Rock Meditation Center – www.spiritrock.orgInsightLA – www.insightla.orgInsight Meditation Society, Barre, MA – www.dharma.org/imsEast Bay Meditation Center...
Buddhism: A Beginner's Guide to Inner Peace and Fulfillment

Buddhism: A Beginner's Guide to Inner Peace and Fulfillment

The teachings of Buddhism offer us a practical way to achieve the inner peace, fulfillment, and happiness that we all want. Buddhism is an informative yet compact audio guide with celebrated teacher Jack Kornfield. In one liberating CD-session, you will hear the story...
The Jewel of Liberation

The Jewel of Liberation

For four decades, Buddhist meditation teacher Jack Kornfield has shared practical instructions for awakening the wise and compassionate heart in the midst of all we experience. The Jewel of Liberation presents 10 pinnacle dharma talks (teaching sessions) hand-selected...
When You Walk, Just Walk

When You Walk, Just Walk

When You Walk, Just Walk The natural ease of walking can be used as a direct and simple way to bring centeredness and peace into our life. Walking becomes a meditation when we bring a careful and present attention to each step we take. Walking becomes a meditation...
Sitting Meditation

Sitting Meditation

Sitting Meditation To begin meditation, select a quiet time and place. Be seated on a cushion or chair, taking an erect yet relaxed posture. Let yourself sit upright with the quiet dignity of a king or queen. Close your eyes gently and begin by bringing a full,...

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