It might happen suddenly, like a flash of lightning. Or gradually, like raindrops filling a jar. Our universal and awakened nature, the Buddha taught, can emerge in calm or in crisis. And then, as our path deepens, we must learn to embody our vision as we navigate the unexpected turns of the mystery.
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I don't review every book--only books I feel strongly about--hence the many 4-5 star vs 1-2 star reviews. Just my opinions--hope they help.
Jack Kornfield has the most calming, even and balanced speaking voice and manner that just listening to him is centering all on its own. But, be aware--his message trumps his fantastic presentation style--which is really saying something. Positive and uplifting. Highly recommended as a wonderful listening experience.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
Inspiring, peace-promoting, wise
Kornfield's other works, perhaps especially "Wise Heart." Would certainly include other wise people who are offering Buddhist wisdom to westerners such as (but not limited to) Thich Naht Hanh, Pema Chodren, Tara Brach, Phillip Moffitt, Ezra Bayda.
Kornfield is a former Buddhist monk who is able to offer understandable explanations of a complex system of thought, little available to westerners until recently. I have been reading and listening to his works for several years. I read and re-read and/or listen to them. His unfolding of Buddhist thought for people perhaps little familiar with it has been part of a larger movement in this society finding a lot of enthusiasm with people hungry for the eastern insights as a balance to western lifestyle.
The contrast of thinking that is about loving-kindness, personal responsibility, seeking wisdom through patience, compassion and self regulation with so much western emphasis on competition, aquisition, winning, war and destruction of the earth and its resources is more than refreshing.
It is a relief to have found an entire ( and long-practiced) tradition of thought that embraces peace and a well balanced life. His introduction to meditation, illustrations drawing on many sources (including other than Buddhist thought) always leaves me feeling in touch with parts of life that can easily get lost in our busy daily shuffle.
I love listening to him, his voice is so calming. This is a particularly good recording.
This audiobook met my expectations and more. Kornfield is a heartfelt narrator. Felt as if I was present with the group at the retreat.
Jack Kornfield is a top notch storyteller and brings to light the basic teachings of mindfulness in a light hearted and interesting way. I gained so many insights listening to his lecture and he's built in humor too! As an experienced meditator I really enjoyed recieving a deeper understanding of Eastern teachings.
I catch a lot of drive time and enjoy a good listen.
I have not listened to Jack before and was pleasantly surprised. The lectures seem to be live and the production is very nice. The humor in his talks leads me to a relaxed and open state. Jack is most excellent communicator, knows his stuff and has a talent for bringing it to life. These talks will always be something I refer to when needing a grounding. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Get them for your library! They are The Best!
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
This is not a book - it is a series of lectures. Jack Kornfield is funny and inspirational. I enjoyed his stories very much. It is a nice introduction to how people awaken.
I already did. This information is made to be shared.
Jack Kornfield does not take himself too seriously. I love his sense of humor.
No, I wanted to take my time with it. It's something you need to process before you move on.
At times there seemed to a confusion between modern political beliefs and the message of the Buddha. The ideas seemed to be grounded on an attachment to political/social "beliefs," rooted in an economic exchange prejudice, rather than a heightened understanding of dharma. I understand how difficult it is for many to discern the difference; however this message is to those unattached to political agendas who may be disappointed by the mud in the water.
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