Teachings of the Buddha

Shambhala Publications

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. The book also includes traditional instruction on how to practice sitting meditation, cultivate calm awareness, and live with compassion. Jack Kornfield, one of the most respected American Buddhist teachers, has compiled these teachings to impart the essence and inspiration of Buddhism to readers of all spiritual traditions.
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Jack Kornfield is one of the key teachers to have brought Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. His books include After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace; Meditation for Beginners; and The Wise Heart.
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Publisher
Shambhala Publications
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Published on
Dec 31, 2007
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Pages
217
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ISBN
9781590305089
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Language
English
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Genres
Philosophy / Eastern
Religion / Buddhism / General
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Jack Kornfield
Jack Kornfield
In this landmark work, internationally beloved teacher of meditation and mindfulness Jack Kornfield reveals that you can be happy now, this minute, with the keys to inner freedom.

In his first major book in several years, the inspiring author of the classic A Path with Heart, Jack Kornfield, invites us into a new awareness. Through his signature warmhearted, poignant, often funny stories, with their Aha moments and O. Henry-like outcomes, Jack shows how we get stuck and how we can free ourselves, wherever we are and whatever our circumstances. Renowned for his mindfulness practices and meditations, Jack provides these keys for opening gateways to immediate shifts in perspective and clarity of vision, allowing us to see how to change course, take action, or—when we shouldn’t act—just relax and trust.

Each chapter presents a path to a different kind of freedom—freedom from fear, freedom to start over, to love, to be yourself, and to be happy—and guides you into an active process that engages your mind, heart, and spirit, awakens your spirit, and brings real joy, over and over again. Drawing from his own life as a son, brother, father, and partner, and on his forty years of face-to-face teaching of thousands of people across the country, Jack presents a stirring call to be here, in the power of the now, the present, as we work through life’s passages. His keys to life will help us find hope, clarity, relief from past disappointments and guilt, and the courage to go forward.
Jack Kornfield
When the path ahead is dark, how can we keep from stumbling? How do we make our way with courage and dignity? “Inside each of us is an eternal light that I call ‘the One Who Knows,’ writes Jack Kornfeld. “Awakening to this wisdom can help us fin dour way through pain and suffering with grace and tenderness.”  For anyone seeking answer during a trying time, he offers A Lamp in the Darkness, a program filled with spiritual and psychological insights, hope-giving stories, and advice for skillfully navigating life’s inevitable storms.
 
NOTE: The ebook does not contain the audio component included in the original printed edition.

Table of Contents
Foreward by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Introduction:  An Invitation to Awaken
The Wisdom of Our DifficultiesThe Earth is My WitnessShared CompassionAwakening the Buddha of Wisdom in DifficultiesThe Practice of ForgivenessThe Temple of HealingThe Zen of an Aching HeartEquanimity and PeaceYour Highest IntentionThe Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the Healing JourneyAfterword:  The Return of Joy
 
Excerpt
Every life is filled with change and insecurity, and every life includes loss and suffering and difficulties that arise regularly.  We are all nomads in this ever-changing world, and we need ways to ground ourselves and remain centered no matter what happens. 
When we encounter difficult times in our lives, it is not just the outer changes, but often our own state of mind that causes us the most difficulty.  Grief and anxiety, fear and loss, and other turbulent emotions that we carry with us—and the stories
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