Tag Archives: Jack-Kornfield

Whose Silence Are You? Thomas Merton Poem and Music

Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk who was well-known as a social activist, writer, and poet.  An deep student of comparative religion, Merton was a keen proponent of interfaith dialog.  He became close friends with prominent Eastern spiritual teachers, such as the Dalai Lama, D.T. Suzuki, and my own heart teacher, Vietnamese Zen Master Thich […]

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Sitting for hours in meditation is not necessary

I’ve been enjoying the book “Voices of Insight” this week. The book is subtitled: “Teachers in the West Share Their Wisdom, Stories, and Experiences of Insight Meditation.”  Because my entry into the dharma was through insight meditation, it’s a book I treasure and return to often. Since I’ve read the book. I’ve been jumping around, […]

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“Can’t you Theravadans ever just relax and just be?”

I was talking with a Zen Buddhist buddy last week, we were “breaking each others chops” about the differences between Theravada teachings, which I lean heavily on in my meditation practice, and Zen, the tradition of my heart techer, Thich Nhat Hanh. We talked about the differences and similarities of the two schools, and their […]

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Becoming Simple and Transparent in our Spiritual Life

From A Path With Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield: Meditation: Becoming Simple and Transparent As you reflect on your spiritual life you can ask yourself: What do you know in your heart about the truth of life? Do you actually need more knowledge than this, or […]

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Still, Flowing Water-Dharma Nuggets from Ajahn Chah

Ajahn Chah was one of the great dharma teachers of the 20th century and was one of the key figures in bringing Theravada Buddhism to the West.  He founded two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition and left behind a rich legacy of dhamma talks and books.  Many of his students are very well-known […]

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Some Helpful Buddhist Meditations on Death (audio)

Of all the challenges we face as humans, none is more difficult than death. Whether it’s the death of a loved one, the death of thousands in some natural disaster, or the fear of our own eventual demise, death is the terrible problem that won’t go away. Nothing causes more suffering. Confronted with age, sickness, […]

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Even the Best Meditators Have Old Wounds to Heal

Jack Kornfield was one of the very first dharma teachers I read and he remains one of my all-time favorites.  The book  of his that touched me mostly deeply is A Path With Heart-A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life.  The wisdom that he shares in this book was literally spiritual life-saving […]

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