If you want to find inner peace and wisdom, you don't need to move to an ashram or monastery. Your life, just as it is, is the perfect place to be. Jack Kornfield, one of America's most respected Buddhist teachers, shares this and other key lessons gleaned from more than 40 years of committed study and practice.
"I don't know what to say."
This treasury of essential Buddhist writings draws from the most popular Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese sources. Among the selections are some of the earliest recorded sayings of the Buddha on the practice of freedom, passages from later Indian scriptures on the perfection of wisdom, verses from Tibetan masters on the enlightened mind, and songs in praise of meditation by Zen teachers.
Created specifically to address the questions and needs of first-time students, here is Buddhism's vast spiritual legacy, presented by one of America's leading meditation teachers.
"Might be difficult for true beginners..."
When does enlightenment come? At the end of the spiritual journey? Or the beginning? In After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, Jack Kornfield brings into focus the truth about satori, the awakened state of consciousness, and enlightenment practices today. The result is this extraordinary look at the hard work we all must do - the laundry - no matter how often we experience ecstatic states of consciousness through meditation and other disciplines.
"Title points to meat of the message"
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. In The Wise Heart, celebrated author and psychologist Jack Kornfield offers an accessible, comprehensive, and illuminating guide to the universal teachings of Buddhist psychology. He shows you how to use powerful Buddhist insights and practices to go beyond the trap of "self-improvement".
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 Buddhism's cherished vipassana (insight) tradition and puts them into direct service, with the unique needs of the contemporary seeker in mind.
"Always puts me to sleep, but try to pay attention"
In Meditation for Beginners, renowned teacher Jack Kornfield uses clear language and step-by-step guidance to show us how to start - and stick with - a daily meditation practice. From the basics of how to get started to dealing with distractions, this complete course introduces us to the Insight tradition of meditation that has helped practitioners throughout the ages cultivate profound inner calm and a lasting capacity for happiness.
Meditation brings you into a deep communion with your own body and heart, but what happens when you are sick or in pain? With Guided Meditations for Self-Healing, Jack Kornfield guides you through meditations created specifically to ease physical and emotional suffering and activate a powerful capacity for restoring yourself to wholeness. We are conditioned to approach healing as an act of control, in which we judge what is wrong with us and impose a change.
Mindfulness awareness creates scientifically recognized enhancements in our mental functions and interpersonal relationships. But how can we integrate this information into our personal or professional lives? In the Mindfulness and the Brain audio learning course, Jack Kornfield, PhD, and Daniel Siegel, MD, offer theoretical and experiential teachings on the power of inner transformation and the cultivation of a wise and loving heart.
"So well done. A joy to listen to"
As anyone who has tried it knows, meditation looks simple but at times it can be difficult. The greatest support you can have on your contemplative path is a trusted teacher like Jack Kornfield, who stands out as one of the most helpful and encouraging Western instructors for newcomers to the art of meditation. With Guided Meditation, this renowned Buddhist teacher brings you six practices that will open the door to the serenity and joy of meditation, and serve as your foundation for years to come.
"Follow the heart to lead a compassionate life."
In Waking Up, Volume 1, Sounds True publisher and founder Tami Simon speaks with seven teachers about their personal understandings of spiritual awakening - how it takes place, what changes (and what doesn't), and how their experiences can inspire and inform our own realizations.
In The Meditation Summit: Volume I, Sounds True publisher and founder Tami Simon speaks with 10 leading meditation teachers about their personal understanding of this practice - each with a complete guided meditation. Practitioners of all levels will benefit from the abundance of insight and guidance provided by these diverse voices.
"great overview of multiple types of meditations."
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.
"Another Beauty From Jack Kornfield"
Meditation instructor Jack Kornfield provides you with a clear and accessible introduction to mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation practice, two complementary essentials of Buddhist practice that amplify each other to enrich and expand every moment as well as your connection to life.
"the essence of buddhist practice"
Hard times come to everyone. When they come, we can all use help. Fortunately there are skillful ways to illuminate our path and strengthen our heart's courage, clarity, dignity and compassion. To help us navigate our own difficult time, trusted meditation teacher Jack Kornfield, known for his gift of transmitting meditation with his warmth, wisdom and precision, offers Guided Mediations for Difficult Times.
"A Compassionate guide"
It is possible to find genuine happiness and liberation in the ups and downs of your own human life. We can sense how it is possible for our own capacity for greater freedom and compassion to grow. "If this were not possible," said the Buddha "I would not ask you to do so." The Jewel of Liberation presents 10 pinnacle dharma talks (teaching selections) hand-selected by Jack from his personal collection to illuminate the pathways out of suffering.
"A Jewel of a book!"
The Healing Power of Love meditation directs your own luminous spirit of loving-kindness to all the places in your body and spirit that are in need. This guided meditation with Jack Kornfield helps awaken the "master healer" within you as you heal the injuries to heart and mind, allowing the body to follow. Sounds True Practices are short downloadable audio sessions selected from our most popular courses.
"A perfect way to end the day"
Now you can transform driving, shopping, or waiting in line into calming experiences of mindfulness. This unique audio course was carefully distilled from Jack Kornfield's most popular retreat, a 5-week workshop on mindful meditation. Kornfield shows listeners how to benefit from the 2,500-year-old system for becoming fully aware of how our actions in each moment create the fabric of our lives.
With Turn Toward the Beautiful, this lyrical writer and teacher inspires us to reclaim our childlike wonder, attuning ourselves to the beauty that often passes us by unnoticed. Then, through insightful verses and stories from many traditions, he invites each of us to nourish the artistic impulse in ourselves - to choose to create as an essential expression of the spiritual life.
"What A pleasure to listen to"
Forgiveness is possible. In The Beginner's Guide to Forgiveness, author Jack Kornfield explores why forgiveness, personally and globally, is essential to our health and happiness and how you can start using this timeless practice to transform emotional wounds into healing and understanding. Drawing from his background in meditation and psychology, Kornfield reveals the path to forgiveness and the way out of our pain.