Living a Full Life

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...

Learning to Surf

With mindfulness, we are learning to observe in a new way, with balance and a powerful disidentification. We can begin to sense and observe the changing mind, body, and heart the way a meteorologist observes changes in the weather: ‘‘It’s cloudy, the barometer is...

Wise Leadership

The qualities of leadership taught by the Buddha are: generosity, integrity, non-harming, steadiness, sacrifice, patience, inclusiveness, vision, trust and loving awareness.  

Seeing Anew

Meditation can help us release old habits of mind and see life in a new way.  

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 beautiful seeds, eventually in...


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...

What Makes a Wise and Just Society?

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...

Conversation on Grateful Living with Brother David

Recently, Jack sat down with Benedictine monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast, to discuss the topic of grateful living. BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: It’s rare on this program that we get to listen to a conversation between two prominent spiritual teachers. Earlier this year, in...

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