“This important guidebook shows in detail and with great humor and insight the way to practice the Buddha's universal teachings here in the West. Jack Kornfield . Editorial Reviews. niribopaca.ml Review. In undertaking a spiritual life, we must make certain Jack Kornfield is a wonderful storyteller and a great teacher. In undertaking a spiritual life, we must make certain that our path is connected with our heart. Since (long before it gained popularity in the s), Jack.
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Perhaps the most important book yet written on meditation, the process of inner transformation, and the integration of spiritual practice into our Western way of. 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. This important guidebook shows in detail and with great humor and insight the way to practice the Buddha's universal teachings here in the.
I am enjoying it very much! Posted on April 24, My first Jack Kornfield book - exactly what I needed! Common sense, humour and wisdom in the same book.
I've since downloadd the paperback version.
Posted on April 9, Timeless heartfelt wisdom Posted on April 6, This CD was awesome, I loved it. Posted on March 29, I consider this one of Jack Kornfield's "anchor" books.
It change my life. He lays out a beautiful template for developing a loving path toward spiritual awakening. I ordered it in audio format as I wanted to review it again as I drive to and from work.
Awaken Your Buddha Within
So much better than listening to the news. Posted on June 3, I really enjoyed listening to Jack Kornfield. Look Inside. Jun 01, Pages download. Oct 21, Pages download. Jun 01, Pages. Oct 21, Pages. Jack Kornfield is a wonderful storyteller and a great teacher.
And the language he uses is as simple and as lovely as our breath. Written by a teacher, psychologist, and meditation master of international renown, this warm, inspiring, and expert book touches on a wide range of essential issues including many rarely addressed in spiritual books.
From compassion, addiction, and psychological and emotional healing, to dealing with problems involving relationships and sexuality, to the creation of a Zen-like simplicity and balance in all facets of life, it speaks to the concerns of many modern spiritual seekers, both those beginning on the path and those with years of experience.
Reading this book will touch your heart and remind you of the promises inherent in meditation and in a life of the spirit: It is a wise and gentle guidebook for an odyssey into the soul that enables us to achieve a deeper, more satisfying life in the world. It also addresses the tender issue of some spiritual teachers taking advantage of their students.
Ethics are covered in detail. If you are new to Buddhism and initially deeply inv This is not a book, in a way it is many books. If you are new to Buddhism and initially deeply involved with some other tradition then this might not be a good one to start with.
If you have questions about how to proceed in your practice, then this is the guide for you. About the Finnish edition: Oct 15, Mary rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Sep 11, Steve Woods rated it it was amazing Shelves: Living as I do in a fairly isolated environment, my being solitary most of the time without access to either a community or a teacher Jack Kornfield has in some ways fulfilled the role of both for me. His gentle insight into the ways we need to translate our practice into our daily lives has been a rudder as I wend my way along the path.
His writings have provided guidance and inspiration as well as an anchor point for one who has a tendency to wander, I am grateful to have found his writing it h Living as I do in a fairly isolated environment, my being solitary most of the time without access to either a community or a teacher Jack Kornfield has in some ways fulfilled the role of both for me.
His writings have provided guidance and inspiration as well as an anchor point for one who has a tendency to wander, I am grateful to have found his writing it has become very personal for me. Sep 27, Liz rated it liked it Shelves: We share in the beauty of life and ocean of tears, Sorrow in life is part of each of our hearts and what connects us to one another.
It brings tenderness, mercy, and all embracing kindness that has the ability to touch every being". Apr 11, Leigh rated it it was amazing. Well written and full of heart. Jan 20, Walter Wartenweiler rated it it was amazing. Intelligent, pragmatic and "enlightening" book about healing yourself, the world and all our relationships past, present and future.
Highly recommended for seekers of inner and outer peace. Dec 01, carrie rated it it was amazing. This book put into words much of what I've been experiencing in the past year or so through my yoga practice. It's a must. Jan 22, LuAnn Oburn rated it it was amazing.
I have been enthralled with everything I have read by Jack Kornfield. Nov 26, Lindsay rated it it was amazing. Jack Kornfield, a teacher, psychologist and meditation master, takes us through his spiritual life journey, which is based on the practice of Buddhism. We hear about his personal stories, anecdotes, struggles, epiphanies, and how they formed who he is today. Through useful meditation exercises, he teaches us how we can have a more fulfilling life in this challenging modern world.
Jack talks about how to find inner peace in the face of personal obstacles, and how peace is not dependent on our outside environment or circumstances. He teaches us how we can address our everyday problems relationships, sexuality, addiction, etc. His main message is as follows: We must make certain that our path is connected with our heart.
A Path With Heart
I have always found the Buddhist influence on yoga very fitting. There are many similarities between yoga and Buddhism: Daya compassion is the 7th of the 10 yoga Yamas Restraints and an integral part of Buddhism. Yoga and Buddhism both share terms such as Samsara, karma, reincarnation, Samadhi, and more relevantly, Dhyana meditation. A Path with Heart is useful for yoga teachers and students because it includes practical Buddhist meditation techniques in boxes at the end of most chapters.
Through these exercises, Jack teaches us how to physically meditate, mentally focus our attention i. Kornfield describes a meditation, Reflecting on the Cycles of Your Spiritual Life, which I find greatly beneficial: Remember how you first became awakened to the life of the heart and the spirit. Remember the sense you had at that time of the possibilities, of the mystery, of the divine.
Bring to your mind the years that followed, the early spiritual teachers and the sacred places that inspired you. Look over the following years, remembering the systematic practices you have followed, the cycles you have gone through, the situations that have taught you the most, the unexpected lessons, the times of solitude, the times of community, your trials, your benefactors, your guides, your recent practice. Be aware of the problems you encountered as well, their difficulties, their teachings.
I feel that it is especially relevant to me, someone who frequently wanders from the spiritual path because of life demands such as work, money, school, relationships, family, etc.
Sense how you can be true to yourself and true to dharma, the Tao that is unfolding in your life. Another meditation in the book is called Meditation on Compartments and Wholeness. Other meditations in this book include one called Who Am I? The answers identity with body, gender, race, belief, thought, role, occupation, feeling, state, etc.
A Path with Heart is a book that I fell in love with. I related to it so well because I am naturally an open hearted, loving person. But challenges in life and the harsh world have caused me to grow protective armor around my heart over the years. As I see the heart and spirituality as synonymous, the practices and wisdom in this book can help me shed the protective layers of my heart in my daily life.
I feel that Buddhist meditation can help me connect more with others around me, to the community, and to the world. Kornfield sums it up beautifully when he says: To open deeply, as a genuine spiritual life requires, we need tremendous courage and strength, a kind of warrior spirit.
But the place for this warrior spirit is in the heart. We need energy, commitment, and courage not to run from our life or to cover it over with any philosophy — material or spiritual.
This courage allows is to include every aspect of life in our spiritual practice: Only then can spirituality be truly integrated into our lives…In the beginning of this book, I have emphasized my own personal journey, because the greatest lesson I have learned is that the universal must be wedded to the personal to be fulfilled in our spiritual life. An integrated sense of spirituality understands that if we are to bring light or wisdom or compassion into the world, we must first begin with ourselves.
A path with heart: A guide through the perils and promises of spiritual life. New York, NY: Bantam Books.
Jan 02, Julie Franks-Murray rated it really liked it. This book was a very thorough, practically grounded yet stretching read on the spiritual life.
Not fluff, not at all. Not your average "spirituality" book, and that's where it gets my high marks: It's written by someone who knows, who walks out his own path every day, every day you can just TELL and discusses real spiritua This book was a very thorough, practically grounded yet stretching read on the spiritual life.
It's written by someone who knows, who walks out his own path every day, every day you can just TELL and discusses real spiritual issues, levels, challenges, and insights. It has depth and dimension and substance and is one of the most comprehensive books I've read on its multi-layered subject. Steer clear of this book if all you're wanting is a quick, easy, "feel good" read that doesn't call you to a higher deeper level of doing and being. Mar 20, Kelly Innis rated it really liked it.
Before I read about Kornfield's description of the dark night, I thought "oh these are nice pointers from a sincere guy on meditation and kindness but I don't really see how this relates to spirituality," but afterwards, my perspective of spirituality shifted a bit.
It was especially humbling to read Kornfield's stories about people who have changed in their life, either by a bit or dramatically, and to see his take on them. The repetition of the "ordinariness" of spirituality and and the availa Before I read about Kornfield's description of the dark night, I thought "oh these are nice pointers from a sincere guy on meditation and kindness but I don't really see how this relates to spirituality," but afterwards, my perspective of spirituality shifted a bit.
The repetition of the "ordinariness" of spirituality and and the availability of it in every moment was relieving to hear. I recommend "A Path With Heart" for people interested in realizing subtle meanings of life, Buddhism, connections between meditation and waking life, or spirituality in general.
Jan 21, Heather Sinclair rated it really liked it Shelves: An approachable and in-depth introduction to meditation, the power of the mind, and how thinking in certain ways can truly change your life. I've read other meditation books, and this one was more approachable than some. It had a lot of examples of people using meditative practice to help their daily and personal lives. That being said, I got the most out of the first part of the book. As it is in-depth, it starts out with beginning strategies and mindsets, and by the end it was just WAY too a An approachable and in-depth introduction to meditation, the power of the mind, and how thinking in certain ways can truly change your life.
As it is in-depth, it starts out with beginning strategies and mindsets, and by the end it was just WAY too advanced for me. I have a feeling this is the kind of book you can read again and again and get something new from it every time. Recommended for people at any stage in their own meditation journey - you'll get something from at least part of this book. Feb 25, Sheldon Frith rated it it was amazing.
I am a serious meditator, and this is by FAR my favourite book to turn to whenever the going gets tough, whenever persistent problems arise in my practice this book has the miraculous ability to clear them up. It's a bit short on the nitty gritty details of meditation, but that is not its purpose and there are many other books out there for that aspect of things such as Mastering the Core Teachings Of The Buddha, or The Mind Illuminated.
This book has become more and more important as my media I am a serious meditator, and this is by FAR my favourite book to turn to whenever the going gets tough, whenever persistent problems arise in my practice this book has the miraculous ability to clear them up. This book has become more and more important as my mediation practice has gotten more mature.There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length.
I have more mixed feelings about his book. Feel the sensations of your natural breathing very carefully, relaxing into each breath as you feel it, noticing how the soft sensations of breathing come and go with the changing breath.
I have a feeling this is the kind of book you can read again and again and get something new from it every time. After developing some calm and skills, and connecting with your breath, you can then extend your range of meditation to include healing and awareness of all the levels of your body and mind. Highly recommended for seekers of inner and outer peace. If you are a morning person, experiment with a sitting before breakfast.
In the end, sincerity and a desire to learn are what count. This CD was awesome, I loved it.
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