The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield
A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology

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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 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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Jack Kornfield was trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught around the world since 1974. He also holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and of the Spirit Rock Center. He lives in northern California.
Published April 29, 2008 by Bantam. 439 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Kornfield wants to help readers attain ""a welcoming spirit, to greet all that life presents to us with a wise, respectful and kindly heart."" Some may find Kornfield's words vague, or self-evident: ""Spiritual life involves a maturing of understanding, a continual unfolding, wherever we are."" ...

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Other topics covered on this enlightening presentation of Buddhist psychology are: • Beyond Hatred to a Non-Contentious Heart • Suffering and Letting Go • Sacred Vision • Clarifying Moment-to-Moment Intention • Redemption and Forgiveness • Finding the Middle Way • and much more

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But it starts with a most radical vision, one that transforms everyone it touches: a recognition of the innate nobility and the freedom of heart that are available wherever we are," writes Jack Kornfield, an internationally acclaimed meditation teacher and bestselling author of many books includi...

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