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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. Topics include:

  • How to cultivate loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity
  • Conscious parenting
  • Spirituality and sexuality
  • The way of forgiveness
  • Committing ourselves to healing the suffering in the world

Bringing Home the Dharma includes simple meditation practices for awakening our buddha nature - our wise and understanding heart - amid the ups and downs of our ordinary daily lives.

©2011 Jack Kornfield (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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filled with reverence and love. thank you Jack for these teachings I really enjoyed this book

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Practice is the Key!

Bring home the Dharma and share it with the world. Thanks for another beautiful teaching.

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Perfection. Sheer audible/literary Perfection.

The content of this book will change the life of anyone who really hears it, who truly "reads" it.
The content of this book is only matched with the glorious sound of its main narrator: Edoardo Ballerini. Undoubtedly the most profound book I've ever come across, & certainly the most influential, 2nd only to the Holy Bible, from which I believe. However, the Dharma, as you'll learn, can be lived, & breathed, & practiced in all of us, through all of us. Upon completing this work, I immediately began listening to it again.
Simply beautiful. What are you holding on to?

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I don't know what to say.

So professional. Extremely relevant.

The insight on adult and children's perspectives is worth the price of admission, alone.

The detailed accounts of the spiritual retreats is also helpful for mediating on purpose beyond observing awareness.

You are gonna get tools for myriad of psychological constructs.

If you are considering picking this up. Do it. What's fifteen dollars, anyways?

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Not Read by Jack Kornfield

I love Jack Kornfield. I have read a number of his books and have recommended "A Path With Heart" to more people than I can remember. That said, I cannot recommend this book for several reasons. First, only the introduction is read by Jack Kornfield. In spiritual books, it is so important to have the right voice, otherwise, it can come across as preachy, condescending or phony. If this had been read by Jack, I might have liked it, but this was painful to listen to. He also quotes the concept known as RAIN, which was coined by Tara Brach, without giving her credit. If you are looking for a good book by Jack, stick with "A Path With Heart" or "After the Ecstasy, The Laundry". There's nothing new here and not worth the time to listen.

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amazing

Beautiful insightful book, no matter your spiritual path. I will definitely relisten to this book.

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Learn about 2,500 years of collected Wisdom

History and Tradition of the various paths towards Enlightenment/Nirvana. The author's specialty is teaching to Americans without the religion parts Buddhism.

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Great book, narrator induces nerd rage

What did you love best about Bringing Home the Dharma?

The content is great!

What three words best describe Jack Kornfield and Edoardo Ballerini ’s voice?

The narrator has a great voice and is very pleasant to listen to. That being said, something was off for me and I found it difficult to concentrate on the material at times. I realized the narrator, while sounding great, was not reading as if he was processing the material. He uses the same ebb and flow of intonation for everything he reads. The result (for me at any rate) is that it's pretty difficult to listen to and a little hypnotic. I can easily imagine the narrator reading the following sentences with the same inflection: "I noticed a beautiful rainbow and it made happy". vs "I noticed my dog fluffykins was dead and it made me sad." To top it off he is also using an aggressively soothing voice. I'm assuming to remind us that this is a book more or less about meditation. But I just keep thinking, "ok ok I get it, WE'RE CALM HERE". While I would have read this book quickly, with these two peeves in play I have to take breaks or suffer from nerd rage. In summary, I probably just have issues, but great content.

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Do something and sit there!

Other reviews explain that this a compilation of previous essays. A fact I missed if it was in the introduction. That explains a lot about the 'flow' the book. Putting that aside the book gives a mixture of biography and analysis with some hints about practice. I liked the narrator's voice, it was calming and soothing. It made me realize that there was a wealth of variety in Buddhist practice and described the goals of Buddhist practice.

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Mindfulness 101

This should have been a pamphlet with two appendices re specific meditations at the end.

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  • M. D. Wilson
  • 02-08-16

my favourite of all books

it's a book for life.. I return to it Timè and time again.
a wealth of wisdom and insight.A wonderful comforting reader in Eduardo Ballarini.

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  • Chris
  • 10-25-16

Open minded

Very wise & open minded. Bringing light to subjects that need addressing, sex, drugs (psychedelics) etc.

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  • SJRod
  • 12-02-17

A real favorite

A new addition to the favorites section within my audible library. Taking apart, explaining and the rebuilding each aspect of the Dharma in real life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-16-17

Inspired,moved and touched

As a first time reader on this topic I must say what a great book pointing out the simplicity of life when a certain approach is taken.I love the power of forgiveness and the act of living in the present time,pushes you to open up your inner perspective regarding the planet and all living things .....

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  • MS Judy A Reeves
  • 09-05-18

Inspirational book.

A truly wonderful book, full of wisdom.
I would recommend it to anyone who wants to open their mind and heart.

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  • Annie
  • 06-10-18

Worthy

Struggled with the narration. In spite of the rich complexities of the subject and the seemingly endless achievements of the author, the tone and rhythm of the voice is unfortunately the main thing I will take away from this book. Hopefully other things may rise to the surface later but I was relieved to finally finish this and might just have slept through some of it.