A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

  • Title: A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
  • Author: Jack Kornfield
  • ISBN: 9780553372113
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Path with Heart A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life A guide to reconciling Buddhist spirituality with the American way of life addresses the challenges of spiritual living in the modern world and offers guidance for bringing a sense of the sacred to ev
    A guide to reconciling Buddhist spirituality with the American way of life addresses the challenges of spiritual living in the modern world and offers guidance for bringing a sense of the sacred to everyday experience.

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    About Jack Kornfield


    1. 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.


    143 Comments


    1. I can sincerely say this is an excellent book but that it is not the correct book for me at this time. Books tend to be time sensitive documents, meaning if you read one at the “right” time, it can light fireworks under your butt, while if you had read the same book at an earlier or later time of your life, you might toss it aside and pick up instead the latest copy of Time (pun intended). My experience with what is probably Kornfield’s most widely read book is somewhere in between, but ag [...]

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    2. I really like books about meditation, and I think the amazingly prolific Jack Kornfield, an American psychologist (Ph.D. in clinical psych), former Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma and India, and now a husband, father, teacher, and popular lecturer, is a great place to start and to continue. The title of this book emphasizes Kornfield's favorite theme that love is what life is ultimately all about and whatever path one follows in life, one must be sure that it is a "path with heart," one that wi [...]

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    3. Have read it 3 times. Takes me to a beautiful place everytime.

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    4. This is a Kornfield's attempt at a general guide book to Buddhist spiritual inquiry. It makes an attempt to draw parallels between Buddhism and other spiritual traditions, but in general it's intended audience is practicing Buddhists with some familiarity with the tradition. I bought this book after seeing Kornfield speak at the Evolution of Psychotherapy conference. He got a room of about a thousand mental health practitioners to chant and do meditation in concert. It was a powerful experience. [...]

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    5. I've been reading this book for a long time. I read a chapter, put it down. Pick it up months later. Not because it is bad or poorly written--it's not. It's just something I do with some books. I have learned from itd I'm sure I will learn more in the future.

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    6. Found at the laundry room free shelf at the apartment where I'm staying in Vancouver

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    7. This took me a long time to read as its so big and so dense. I really loved it tho - wise, kind and full of love, there was so much in here to write down, re-read and revisit. It's a book about spiritual practice, but it's also about how you take that practice into the world and how you relate to others. Definitely reading more by Kornfield.

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    8. Buddhism has many strands. As the original teachings of Buddha through North India, South India, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Burma, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan it took on flavors of the local contexts and thus different forms of Buddhism emerged. It's arrival in North America took on a form known as Insight Meditation. (I'm not a scholar of Buddhism and I don't doubt that there there are others) . Insight Meditation, with a number of centers in the Cambridge/Boston area has had significant influence o [...]

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    9. One of my spiritual advisors recommended this book, which makes me wonder if she wanted me to feel even more the spiritual midget than I am. While it is full of entertaining quotes (e.g. “People with opinions just go around bothering one another” says Buddha) and genuine, if therapeutic, insights, I couldn’t help feel Buddhism (the author’s specialty) is horribly complicated. The chapter titled Expanding and Dissolving the Self details myriad levels of meditative nirvana which entail mon [...]

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    10. Unfortunately I didn't even finish this book. It was hard to get through. I love spiritual books but this one was boring. Life is too short to finish bad books :)

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    11. It is a fairly basic book if you already have some detailed knowledge of (particularly western) Buddhism. However it goes over the basic forms of meditation, with a focus on heart/compassion centric meditation. The walkthrough it gives on how to actually do that meditation is better than any ive found online, so that is probably the most valuable part of the book. It also has a lot of the more preliminary aspects of Buddhist philosophy which underlie or justify these practices. There were some p [...]

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    12. This is not a book, in a way it is many books. It contains the basics of loving compassion for those who still might be doubtful. It contains heart's advice for those who might have had a dawn of awakening as well as warnings for those who might have stopped seeking and are just trying to escape the world in meditation. 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 [...]

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    13. good ol' kornfield. i'm unsure how well this book would read if you didn't have a meditation practice already, but i'm finding it to be a fantastic support for my current practice. he lays out the key obstacles that people find as they build their spiritual practice, as well as how to support yourself when you come up against these roadblocks. gentle, wise, funny, sometimes weird, i'm finding that this book is very much reflecting the challenges i'm currently in the midst of. i'd be interested t [...]

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    14. "Compassion is the heart's response to sorrow. 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"."Our compassioned heart can untangle our sorrow"."The temple bell stopsbut the sound keeps coming out of the flowers".

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    15. This is one of my all time favorite metaphysical/spiritual books. Well written and full of heart.

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    16. 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.

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    17. 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.

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    18. I have been enthralled with everything I have read by Jack Kornfield.

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    19. A Path with Heart is about meditation, inner transformation, and bringing “…a genuine spiritual practice in our own world” (p. 4). 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 challe [...]

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    20. 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 [...]

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    21. 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 [...]

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    22. It's taken me way too long to realize that I just don't relate to Jack Kornfield and his whole style. It's basically the epitome of woo-woo baby boomer, through the lens of Western Buddhism. If that's your thing, cool. It is most definitely not my thing. I couldn't finish it. And honestly, I think his style might be impeding some folks' meditative progress.Also he does this thing where he'll tell a feel-good story that's only tangentially related to his topic at hand, but happens to be really cl [...]

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    23. Kornfield seems to be a very wise man. His work balances a realistic view of the individual’s journey in creating meaning in today’s society. I love the balance of psychology with Buddhist and spiritual teachings to offer insight about ones own suffering, and how to walk the middle path. I think this is a great read for anyone seeking meaning.

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    24. Amazing and inspiring. A clsssic. One of the best and most inspiring books not only about meditation and mindfulness but about a way of being. So easy to read and also so profound.

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    25. I can't say enough about Jack Kornfield. If you want to remember the love that is within, listen to Jack. His teachings and voice is the reflection of loving awareness, or as I would say: our eternal love. A must read for anyone interested in ending suffering and living in their love.

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    26. The audiobook version is abridged. Good wisdom.

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    27. A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life (Paperback) by Jack Kornfield ( Author)

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    28. The charming must-read classic if you wish to live a conscious life.

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    29. Jack Kornfield's compassion and love for teaching comes across better than any writer I've ever encountered, in any domain. He wants people to start a practice, to learn about how they can have better lives in a realistic way.For many people, this could be their one dharma book they ever need to read. It doesn't fit my personality well enough for that (Kornfield made the conscious choice to emphasize what I prefer as implication, and vice versa), but I have to acknowledge what an outstanding wor [...]

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