The Wise Heart

The Wise Heart You have within you unlimited capacities for love for joy for communion with life and for unshakable freedom and here is how to awaken them In The Wise Heart one of the leading spiritual teachers

  • Title: The Wise Heart
  • Author: Jack Kornfield
  • ISBN: 9781616847043
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Hardcover
  • You have within you unlimited capacities for love, for joy, for communion with life, and for unshakable freedom and here is how to awaken them In The Wise Heart, one of the leading spiritual teachers of our time offers the most accessible and illuminating guide to Buddhism s transformational psychology ever published in the West.Trained as a monk in Thailand, Burma, and IYou have within you unlimited capacities for love, for joy, for communion with life, and for unshakable freedom and here is how to awaken them In The Wise Heart, one of the leading spiritual teachers of our time offers the most accessible and illuminating guide to Buddhism s transformational psychology ever published in the West.Trained as a monk in Thailand, Burma, and India, Jack Kornfield experienced at first hand the life changing power of Buddhist teachings the emphasis on the nobility and sacredness of the human spirit, the fine grained analysis of emotion and thought, the precise techniques for healing, training, and transforming the mind and heart In contrast to the medical orientation of most Western psychology and psychiatry, here is a vision of radiant human dignity, and a practical path for realizing it in our own lives.The Wise Heart is the fruit of a life s work that includes such classics as A Path with Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry Filled with stories from Kornfield s Buddhist psychotherapy practice and portraits of remarkable teachers, it also includes a moving account of his own recovery from a violence filled childhood For meditators and mental health professionals, Buddhists and non Buddhists alike, The Wise Heart offers an extraordinary journey from the roots of consciousness to the highest expression of human possibility.

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    1. Jack Kornfield

      Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West He began his training after graduating from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies in 1967 Then he joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to the Public Health Service in northeast Thailand, which is home to several of the world s oldest Buddhist forest monasteries He met and studied under the Buddhist master Ven Ajahn Chah, as well as the Ven Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma After returning to the United States, Jack co founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with fellow meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein He is also a founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California, where he currently lives and teaches Over the years, Jack has taught in centers and universities worldwide, led International Buddhist Teacher meetings with the Dalai Lama and worked with many of the great teachers of our time He holds a Ph.D in clinical psychology and is a husband, father and an activist.His books have been translated into 20 languages and sold than a million copies They include, A Wise Heart A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology, A Path with Heart After the Ecstasy, the Laundry Teachings of the Buddha Seeking the Heart of Wisdom Living Dharma A Still Forest Pool Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart Buddha s Little Instruction Book The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace, Bringing Home the Dharma Awakening Right Where You Are, and his most recent book, No Time Like the Present Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are.


    1. Most of the Buddhist and meditation books I've read are either appallingly written, dull as ditchwater though good for insomnia, and with too much Sanskrit mumbo jumbo, or they keep you stuck at the beginner level. Jack Kornfield holds a western PhD in psychology, is a practising psychotherapist, has lived as a monk for years in Asian monasteries, and works with several editors and multiple drafts to create a book that is highly readable, to the point, in plain English, and uplifting. Like the ( [...]

    2. What a remarkable book! I receieved it as a surprise Christmas present from a very dear friend, & it's been so enlightening for me. It's not a book to rush through - I found reading roughly one chapter per week was perfect, reflecting on each one's contents as I went along.Jack Kornfield recovered from a violence-filled childhood to go on his own personal journey, eventually becoming a Buddhist master after many years of learning & teaching, & here he imparts his own wisdom to us - p [...]

    3. Kornfield does a great job of demystifying Buddhism. In a wonderfully down-to-earth style, he gives real world specifics on living fully.I am neither Buddhist nor religious at all, nor plan to be - but love his easygoing style & how he links it up practically to real life happy harmonious living.

    4. WOW- everyone should read this. It is a discussion on the ten principles of Buddhist philosophy & psychology. "Buddhism isn't a "religion" it's a way of thinking". Cultivate your consciousness! The quotes and simplicity are life-changing, and the book will TEACH you how to process information and emotions in a healthy, constructive way. Probably in the Top 3 best books EVER.

    5. Did you ever find yourself drawn to a culture or spiritual belief that was outside your cultural and social experience, so drawn, in fact, that it was more like you had experienced it all before. Theravada Buddhism has been like that for me, but lack of understanding and my western, scientific orientation has made it impossible to fully embrace. This book written by Jack Kornfield who embraced in the late 60's the spiritual wisdom of Asia while the rest of us where embracing the uniquely western [...]

    6. A wonderful book. I'm not much of a Buddhist, but that doesn't matter. These are teachings of wisdom and love. Kornfield is an authentic voice of true compassion. You sense that from the start. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and this book is an excellent study on the nature of heart and mind. One of the cool things is the range of references from Michael Ventura and Dipama Barua among others. I used a highlighter and read the book slowly. When you find the right teacher learning is a jo [...]

    7. This book made me cry. After almost 400 pages, I'm left with so many heartfelt stories of pain and transformation through the power of mindfulness. Probably his best book for how to sit through pain and confusion and how to shift your mind and heart positively towards a more open and loving way of being. Couldn't put it down.

    8. This was probably not the best book for me to choose as I switch from being curious about Buddhism to actively investigating it as a path I might want to follow, as it goes deep into the how Buddhism heals the troubled mind and skims the fundamentals. I still got a lot from it, possibly because I have a small background in Jungian psychology (I had no idea they shared so much) and also because Kornfield has so much experience in the are of Insightful Meditation that he's pretty much got an easy [...]

    9. Although a bit longer than it needs to be, this well-written book cross-references Buddhist philosophy with traditional Western pyschoanlaysis. Other books do this too, but Kornfield is a better than average writer. He uses many examples from his own patients' stories to illustrate the principles. It's a lot of things most self-aware people know already, but it never hurts to re-visit them again.

    10. This book is amazing for anyone that wants to get into mindfulness. It took me a while reading it, because it is a book that changes you as you read it. I feel I became a wiser person during the process of reading it. Around the firsts chapters I even went to visit Spirit Rock for a meditation course. I'm grateful that I found this book at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference in San Francisco.

    11. The two quotes below show the book is unscientific, superstitious even. It relies mostly on anecdotes to get its points across, no studies, no proper reasoning. I stopped reading half way through the third chapter. Even if you just want the theory on Buddhist psychology, I still wouldn't recommend it due to all the anecdotes. While I do think there may be good things to be found in Buddhist psychology, surely there exists a book out there which does a better job at divulging its secrets, while d [...]

    12. My wife suggested I read this, or listen to it, because she found the audiobook on YouTube. She said it was practical, that Jack Kornfield spoon-fed the complexity of Zen for the Western mind, through a psychological lens. I found all this true. That is, as much as I could retain. Reading trumps listening when it comes to holding onto something. But then Buddhist say you have to let go of attachments. I’m not ready to do that just yet. The first thing I did after finishing this was click back [...]

    13. Nothing new for people who have read a lot of Eastern religion or Western psychology. I also went to a workshop in Seattle by the author and I was not impressed with his constant references to his meetings with the Dalai Lama and the Pope. This might be interesting to someone who has not read or studied much Eastern religion.

    14. A little cumbersome to get through for me, but contains lots of wisdom. Psychology from a Buddhist perspective is much more holistic and less reactionary than Western traditions. Just breatheis too shall pass. :-)

    15. This is a good book about Buddhist psychology and mindfulness. Mindfulness means being aware, being grateful, being courageous, being free, and changing. Mindfulness leads to compassion and love. There are some good thoughts in this book. Here are some of my favorites:"See the inner nobility and beauty of all human beings (p. 12).""Whether practiced in a forest monastery or in the West, Buddhist psychology beings by deliberately cultivating respect, starting with ourselves (p. 18).""Aim to see a [...]

    16. This book is great food for thought, and is a reminder that compassion (especially toward oneself) is the most honest and productive way to find a path through the enormous piles of manure that life (and other people) heap on us. It is proving to be a quite effective salve for my wounds.I don't believe in organized religion or a lot of cosmic mumbo-jumbo, and I have a very loosely organized code of morality. It takes in pieces of the Hippocratic oath; "I will remember that I remain a member of s [...]

    17. To say that this book is inspiring would be an understaement. it is not only that but it serves as a clear practical guide to introducing the basic tenets of Buddhist practice and psychology into daily life. After 4 years of intense study and practice this book has provided the key that will allow me to integrate so much of what I have learned into my daily life. It is timely and it will form the structure of my practice for the next few months. I am very grateful to this great teacher for his e [...]

    18. I really enjoyed the principles, descriptions, practices and east to west comparatives. That being saidI had a lot of trouble working my way through this book. There were a lot of stories introduced awkwardly throughout the book. Some were choppy transitions into them and others were very off topic. I'm sure a lot of them were inserted to give everyday perspective to the teachings but they ended up giving a very mechanical feel to the book and had me forcing a good chunk of the reading.The autho [...]

    19. A wonderful book with such depth weaving together western psychology and Buddhist psychology with lots of practical application and exercises to help the reader join the journey, practice the understanding as you read. Only got a bit tired of some of the examples which often happens for me in a book like this where the author wants to put examples in to flesh out the concepts and understanding. But the down side forme is they seem too good to be true as you read a life transformation in a paragr [...]

    20. This book speaks to the connection between Eastern philosophy (Buddhism) and the Western model of psychology. The mindfulness idea has worked so well with many and this book opens that and other Buddhist ideas to Western readers. I especially liked the ideas and concepts presented around forgiveness and how to use this with others struggling with that issue in their lives. A good book. I would recommend it.

    21. In The Wise Heart, Kornfield tells anecdotes of his meditation students’ difficulties and discoveries, and stories about his family, his teachers, and his own life. These flow seamlessly into his philosophical teachings and instructions in various meditative practices. His honesty and his flowing style make this book accessible, more of a page-turner than you might expect for an integration of psychology and Buddhist philosophy. I’ve read it three times and will keep it to study again.

    22. Jack Kornfield's book is outstanding. He really explains with examples and stories what Buddhist psychology is all about. It is a way of life I really agree with--love, compassion, joy and peace.He also has some great exercises and meditations to integrate into your life.I highly recommend this book.Laurie

    23. This is a beautifully written guide to Buddhist psychology and meditation. Jack Kornfield is accessible, funny, heartfelt and wise. His stories are a delight; his wisdom is humbling. He steadfastly leads, guides and encourages anyone on a path to Illumination. I've just re-read it. It is a treasure to be savored.

    24. This is a magnificent book, that covers a wide range of Buddhist philosophy that can be found next to no where else. Kornfield adds a unique flare to this book by writing from personal experience, and adding stories that correlate wonderfully with his studies, message, and admiration for the Buddhist lifestyle.

    25. This is definitely on my to read soon list:)"In this book Kornfield explains that each of us has unlimited capacity for joy and for sharing it with others. He charts a journey form the seeds of consciousness to the ultimate flowering of human potential. And, with lessons, exercised and examples from his own practice, he shows you how to make that journey yourself."

    26. An uplifting and encouraging guide to Buddhist psychology by an author very well qualified to discuss both. Especially good on mindfulness and working with difficult emotions, heart felt and supportive.

    27. I was lucky enough to get an advance reading copy of this and it is excellent. He really takes his earlier books into greater depth. It made me cry in several parts because he is so open with his own experiences. And he is really funny!

    28. Good explanation of Buddhist psychology. There are some seemingly "magical" elements, which I believe detract from the more believable elements. I was not terribly inspired.

    29. All Jack's books are great. This one is deep and full of Buddhist psychological insights. He gives us a vocabulary for subtle states of mind the way google map gets us around NY

    30. An excellent read from Kornfield, taking the introduction from A Path With Heart and giving a more practical, how-to on Buddhist psychology. This will almost certainly be re-read.

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