In a special re-posting of an Insights at the Edge episode from 2009, Jack Kornfield speaks with Sounds True founder Tami Simon on getting through difficult times and liberation in spite of our neuroses. Kornfield was one of the pioneers in bringing Buddhism to the West and is the author of many books and CDs, including many with Sounds True (see below).
Jack Kornfield, PhD, trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught worldwide since 1974. He is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. He has written more than a dozen books including The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology; A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path; and more.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Tami Simon speaks with Jack Kornfield, the author of The Wise Heart and one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. Kornfield reflects on four decades of personal meditation practice and how this has informed how he works with students. He also explores how Buddhist insights can help us during challenging times, whether or not it is possible or not to be liberated even in spite of our neurosis, and what he means by "the crystal of liberation." (48 minutes)
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