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After the Ecstasy, the Laundry : How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path - Jack Kornfield

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path

Paperback Published: 22nd June 2000
ISBN: 9780712606585
Number Of Pages: 336

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Most accounts of spiritual enlightenment end at the moment of illumination. But what happens after that? What is life like after the ecstasy? How do we live our understanding with a full heart? In this unique mix of practical and spiritual wisdom Jack Kornfield, author of the bestselling A Path with Heart and one of the most respected Buddhist meditation teachers in the West, sets out to answer these crucial questions.

Drawing on discussions with abbots, lamas and Western meditation masters, Kornfield describes with refreshing honesty their different experiences of the moment of enlightenment and what lessons they - and we - can learn from these - as each of us seeks to fulfil the true path of compassion on earth.

About the Author

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.

Industry Reviews

"A shining gift of wisdom." - New Age Journal

"After the Ecstasy, the Laundry is not just another inspirational bestseller, it is a lasting record of concrete insights forged from the fires of dedicated practice." - Brian Bruya, Amazon

"Kornfield, who draws on interviews with nearly 100 practitioners and teachers from a wide variety of Eastern and Western traditions, is unusually successful at presenting a consistent picture of the unity of the spiritual endeavor. This is particularly welcome, as practice in the West can often seem confusing and fragmented." - Library Journal

An Opening Bow
Introduction: Some Honest Questions

Part One: Preparation for Ecstasy
1. Baba Yaga and Our Sacred Longing
2. The Guardians of the Heart: Angels of Light, Oceans of Tears
3. The Fires of Initiation

Part Two: The Gates of Awakening
4. The Heart as Mother of the World: The Gate of Sorrow
5. Nothing and Everything: The Gate of Emptiness
6. Who Are Your Really, Wanderer?: Satori and the Gate of Oneness
7. The Gateless Gate: The Gate of Eternal Present

Part Three: No Enlightened Retirement
8. Beyond Satori: The Maps of Awakening
9. No Enlightened Retirement
10. The Dirty Laundry

Part Four: Awakening in the Laundry
11. The Mandala of Awakening: What am I Leaving Out?
12. This Very Body, The Buddha
13. Awakened Emotions and Ordinary Perfection
14. Honoring Family Karma
15. Many Brothers and Sisters: The Gifts of Community
16. Awakening with All Beings
17. The Laughter of the Wise

ISBN: 9780712606585
ISBN-10: 0712606580
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 22nd June 2000
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.3  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1

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