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When does enlightenment come? At the end of the spiritual journey? Or the beginning? In After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, Jack Kornfield - author of the modern classic on American Buddhism, A Path with Heart - 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.

Sweeping in scope, and warmly told by one of American Buddhism's most trusted voices, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry is a work of both deep inspiration and daily instruction that cuts through the confusion about what enlightenment really is, who it comes to, and how it continues to inform and guide our spiritual lives.

An original audio adaptation of Jack Kornfield's book, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry.

©2006 Jack Kornfield (P)2006 Jack Kornfield

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Fabulous as always

Love his books. Never want them to end. So much to sit back and reflect on. In regard to someone's comment about them not liking the author doing the narrating.....I find the author the only one fit for the job. Love this author.

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Title points to meat of the message

As a novice myself, I would recommend this book to new practitioners. If you are past the honeymoon stage and like insights into the daily reality of the enlightened, I would recommend this book. Or, if you want some feel good stories and some soothing verbal vibrations, I would recommend this listen.

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A classic

Always worth re-reading (listening), appropriate for all stages of life. At first I thought his voice was too sleepy, but I ended up finding it soothing.

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So beautiful!!!!!

I would give this book 10 stars. Its so good I bought a paperback so I could linger in it, write notes on the pages and savor each sentence. A great teaching tool for self and others as well. The best of Jack's work I have read to date. Thank you Jack.

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Great Listen.

Jack has a terrific podcast mainly composed of his talks, that's where I first really got into his work. Hearing his voice adds a layer of depth and emphasis that I cannot recommend enough.

It's a great read with great messages. I do wish he went into even more detail of people's "satori" moments. But that's just me being greedy. Good listen. Great for winding down in the evenings.

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Wow

It is reassuring to hear the post-peak experience stories collected here. There is a genuine honesty present. I am great for this.

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Grounding

Jack reading Jack is what the world needs Thank you for making this recording available. ❤️

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Thank you

Thank you. Didn’t want it to end. So I started it over, just as I do my practice each moment. Thank you

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Human

This book brings to light the humanity of many seekers along the path whether they are students or teachers. It reminds the reader that there is always more to learn and do together on the journey throughout life and that this is a good thing. This is my own short representation of this book, of course. I highly recommend it.

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Interesting teachings

Well performed. Contains interesting insights and teachings. Few studies are sited so don't expect that. Lots of stories. Overall flow is very nice.

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  • Genevieve
  • 02-05-17

Another wonderful offering from Jack Kornfield.

I have no religion and none is needed. spirituality and truth is what lives here.

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  • Liam
  • 06-02-16

Inspirational

I was put off slightly by the wonderfully calming tones of Jack's voice ~ some times it drifts into background sounds and makes me feel sleepy .. But.. I persisted and I'm so pleased I did! It was truly a wonderful gem of the dharma 💞~ it inspired me and came just at the time when I needed it the most. Thank you Jack Kornfield💞

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  • Greg Ryall
  • 05-17-19

So many insights

I feel I was awakening while listening to Jack's words. He is a masterful teacher with so much joy and compassion in his delivery. Highly recommended!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-09-18

wonderful insights

i loved this book - profoundly insightful and inspiring. in fact i now need to buy the book as I need constant access to the messages.

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  • Jezierski Michal
  • 06-13-17

A gem of a book.

Another great journey of insight. I couldn't recommend it more. Great many thanks to Mr Kornfield for sharing his wisdom.

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  • Mrs. J. Bryant
  • 09-07-16

wonderful

I love jack kornfield honest and interesting disruption of what happens next. great anecdotal stories and real life experiences.

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  • Anonymous
  • 09-21-20

A true gift of a book from one of the wisest souls alive

This book has been an incredible gift, and I suspect I will cherish and re-read it often throughout my life. It has truly universal appeal, regardless of where one may be on the spiritual path - from seekers searching for answers to their questions, to those newly awakening to the ‘lion’s roar’ of awareness, to those seeking to live a fully awakened life in the world. It was wonderful to hear the stories of so many wise people who have experienced profound awakenings, but also about their struggles to integrate their awakening into their lives. I got the sense from this book that Jack Kornfield is not only an incredible compiler of wisdom across different traditions, but himself a truly wise teacher who stands with the greats

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  • Bryce
  • 04-07-18

Beautifully written and read.

l loved this book, it really resonated with my own experience. it was informative and illuminating.

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  • Emil Ciotta
  • 07-24-17

Spiritual Truth and Beauty

Spirituality as understood from inside the gardens of the true practitioner. Inspired and compassionate and deep.

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  • Dean Maberly
  • 11-22-16

Gently uplifting and grounding

An elegant and balanced guide to spiritual life. Both uplifting and grounding.

A good mixture of quotations, fables and stories convey the teachings in an accessible way which keeps you engaged.

I expect I'll be listening back to this for years to come.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-20

Full of wisdom

Beautiful book full of wisdom...a lot to grasp, will listen a second time. Not a beginner meditation book, but nonetheless still helpful for anyone on this journey through life (all of us!). Jack’s voice was soothing and calming to listen to.

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  • Ka Ming
  • 05-27-20

Warm and comforting book

I love listening to jacks wisdom and feel there is always something to take from his books. looking forward to purchasing more of his work.