In any moment you can become the loving witness—it’s why we sit in meditation. We learn to sit with both heartbreak and love—with whatever arises. We become the loving witness of it all.
When we learn to rest in awareness, our whole being can both comprehend the situation and be at ease. We see the dance of life, we dance beautifully, yet we’re not caught in it.
Here we are in the change of seasons—the great turning. The sun is something for us to pay attention to, something we often take for granted. Notice the way the gift of sunlight streams behind everything.
With mindfulness we can open to the mystery of our human incarnation—to gaze with an open heart at the unbearable beauty and the ocean of tears that make up life.
“Live in joy, in love, even among those who hate. Live in joy, in health, even among the afflicted. Live in joy, in peace, even among the troubled. Look within, be still. Free from fear and attachment, know the sweet joy of the way.” —Buddha
The poet Mary Oliver writes, “To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.” This is our dance, our human incarnation: to tend and love that which is ephemeral.
How do we tend ourselves, how do we tend this world? Can we pause, be present, take a step back and be the loving awareness that witnesses it all? We are consciousness itself having a human experience.
Conflict is natural—we can be attached to our needs, desires, ideas and visions. Our brains are wired with a negativity bias to look for things that are threatening. But some other part of us knows there is another way.
Many of us discover we live partially in a dreamworld, cut off from whole pieces of our life, our body, our past. Though we may sense our disconnection, we do not know exactly what is wrong. Enlightenment must be lived here and now through this very body or else it is not genuine.
We are spiritual beings incarnated into human form. We need to remember our zip code as well as our Buddha nature. We are creatures of this paradox. By neither grasping nor resisting life, we can find wakefulness and freedom in the midst of our joys and sorrows.
Jack Kornfield, Trudy Goodman & The Center for Humane Technology co-founders Tristan Harris & Randy Fernando discuss the asymmetry of power highlighted by Tristan & Randy in the docudrama “The Social Dilemma” and identify solutions.
It’s an important time to come together. We don’t want outer conflicts to take over the heart. Then we can venture into the conflict of the world with a peaceful heart and plant and water seeds of goodness.
We can tune into the goodness of the world that’s not always featured in the news. This is an invitation to understand equanimity and to see with the eyes of wisdom.
This is a time when the veils have been lifted—with the pandemic, climate change, & calls for justice we see that we are not separate. When we meditate from a place of “don’t know mind,” not clinging to our view of what we think is supposed to be right, we start to see that our heart is big enough to hold it all.
What these divisive times call for more than anything else is an ability to listen with the heart. The Buddha explained that if the members of a society come together and listen to each other in harmony and with respect for one another, they will prosper and not decline.
Suffering is not the end of the story. We can get lost in our suffering. But we can also be witness to bravery and the possibility of life. Mindfulness can help us live wisely amidst difficulties.
What is right effort? Simply the effort to be mindful, to notice what is happening in the present moment without judging it. In Zen it is called effortless effort. Effortless effort is not an effort to gain or attain anything, but simply the discipline and effort to stay aware in the present.
This dharma talk explores how the combination of compassion and equanimity can give rise to a peaceful heart even in times of turmoil and great change.
In this dharma talk, Jack discusses the health, economic and moral crises the world is facing.
In this dharma talk, we discuss the classic teaching of the 11th-century sage Atisha known as the “Seven Points of Mind Training.”
The value of our harshest difficulties is how honestly they cause us to question, how they intensify our courage and bring alive our deepest inner purpose, how they reawaken our soul’s task on earth.
This talk & meditation addresses heightened anxiety & isolation due to the COVID–19 heath crisis.
Join me and Trudy Goodman for powerful and caring ways to tend the mind and body, and steady the heart in this uncertain time.
During times of difficulty, it is crucial to find ways to steady the heart, to connect compassionately with ourselves and with each other.
We can choose to live in our fears, confusion, and worries, or to stay in the essence of our practice, center ourselves, and be the ones that demonstrate patience, compassion, mindfulness, and mutual care.
Meditation and reflections on the life and teachings of my teacher Ajahn Chah.
The invitation of mindfulness and loving awareness is really to be alive and present here on this earth and in this life in a wakeful and honorable, beautiful way that is given to us as human beings. And this is your gateway to freedom. It’s a birthright of all human...
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 that cause pain and...
To cultivate generosity directly is another fundamental part of living a spiritual life. Like meditation, generosity can actually be practiced. With practice, its spirit forms our actions, and our hearts will grow stronger and lighter. It can lead us to new levels of...
When you meditate, the game is to sit and let the mind quiet, tend the heart, and begin to listen to life itself. The question is not the future of humanity but the presence of eternity.
This is the last talk of ten. Throughout 2017, Jack spoke about the ten paramis, or perfections of a buddha: generosity, morality, renunciation, wisdom, right effort, patience, truthfulness, resolve, equanimity, and loving-kindness. The effort in our own lives to...
Throughout 2017, Jack spoke about the ten paramis, or perfections of a buddha: generosity, morality, renunciation, wisdom, right effort, patience, truthfulness, resolve, equanimity, and loving-kindness. The effort in our own lives to develop these paramis should not...
Jack Kornfield and Frank Ostaseski discuss what it means to live a full life during a Monday night dharma talk at Spirit Rock. "In any moment, we can be truly present, loving and free. This is our birthright—no one can imprison our spirit. "When you practice insight...
“We are not separate, we are interdependent,” declared the Buddha. When the world is seen with the eyes of a bodhisattva, there is no I and other—there is just us.
With a spacious heart, we can remember the bigger picture. What would it feel like to love the whole kit and caboodle—to make our love bigger than our sorrows.
The qualities of leadership taught by the Buddha are: generosity, integrity, non-harming, steadiness, sacrifice, patience, inclusiveness, vision, trust and loving awareness.
How can we mindfully navigate this life? The outer developments of humanity must be matched by inner developments. At this time, we are, as the first chairman of the joint chiefs of staff [Omar Bradley] said, "a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants." There is a...
Meditation can help us release old habits of mind and see life in a new way.
Notice how love, generosity, flexibility, ease, and simplicity are natural to us. These states are important to notice. They give us trust in our original goodness, our own Buddha nature. To reawaken our sense of abundance, Buddhist psychology offers deliberate...