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A Path With Heart : The Classic Guide Through The Perils And Promises Of Spiritual Life - Jack Kornfield

A Path With Heart

The Classic Guide Through The Perils And Promises Of Spiritual Life

Paperback Published: 1st August 2002
ISBN: 9780712657808
Number Of Pages: 368

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Perhaps the most important book yet written on meditation, the process of inner transformation, and the integration of spiritual practice into our Western way of life, A Path With Heart brings alive the possibilities of inner peace, wholeness and the achievement of happiness. Written by a teacher, psychologist and meditation master of international renown, this is a warm, inspiring and, above all, practical book. Its gentle wisdom will guide you through the ups and downs of contemporary living, such as addiction, psychological and emotional healing, problems with relationships and the difficulties of achieving a balanced life of simplicity.

About the Author

Jack Kornfield was trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma and India and has taught meditation worldwide since 1974. He is one of the key teachers to introduce Theravada Buddhist practice to the West, concentrating on bringing alive the great Eastern spiritual teachings for Western students. Jack also holds a PhD in clinical psychology. He is founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society and the Spirit Rock Center and lives with his wife and daughter in northern California.

Industry Reviews

"A warm, inspiring and, above all, practical book" * Pride Magazine *
"It's encouraging to find Westerners who've sufficiently assimilated the traditions of the East to be able to share them with others as Jack is doing. May such efforts further the peace of all beings." -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"This important guidebook shows in detail and with great humour and insight the way to practise the Buddha's universal teachings here in the West. Jack Kornfield is a wonderful storyteller and a great teacher." -- Thich Nhat Hanh
"Jack Kornfield is a remarkable and thoughtful teacher." -- Sogyal Rinpoche

Acknowledgments - xi
Preface - xiii

Part I: A Path with Heart: The Fundamentals - 1
A Beginning - 3
1. Did I Love Well? - 11
2. Stopping the War - 22
3. Take the One Seat - 31
4. Necessary Healing - 40
5. Training the Puppy: Mindfulness of Breathing - 56

Part II: Promises and Perils - 69
6. Turning Straw into Gold - 71
7. Naming the Demons - 83
8. Difficult Problems and Insistent Visitors - 102
9. The Spiritual Roller Coaster: Kundalini and Other Side Effects - 119
10. Expanding and Dissolving the Self: Dark Night and Rebirth - 135
11. Searching for the Buddha: A Lamp Unto Ourselves - 157

Part III: Widening Our Circle - 169
12. Accepting the Cycles of Spiritual Life - 171
13. No Boundaries to the Sacred - 184
14. No Self or True Self? - 198
15. Generosity, Co-dependence, and Fearless Compassion - 215
16. You Can't Do It Alone: Finding and Working with a Teacher - 228
17. Psychotherapy and Meditation - 244
18. The Emperor's New Clothes: Problems with Teachers - 254
19. Karma: The Heart Is Our Garden - 272
20. Expanding Our Circle: An Undivided Heart - 287

Part IV: Spiritual Maturity - 307
21. Spiritual Maturity - 309
22. The Great Song - 322
23. Enlightenment Is Intimacy with All Things - 332

Appendix: Insight Meditation Teachers Code of Ethics - 340
A Treasury of Books - 344
Glossary - 348

ISBN: 9780712657808
ISBN-10: 0712657800
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st August 2002
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.2  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1

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