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Seeking The Heart Of Wisdom : Shambhala Classics - Joseph;Kornfield, Jack Goldstein

Seeking The Heart Of Wisdom

Shambhala Classics

Paperback Published: 1st March 2001
ISBN: 9781570628054
Number Of Pages: 21

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In Seeking the Heart of Wisdom Goldstein and Kornfield present the central teachings and practices of insight meditation in a clear and personal language. The path of insight meditation is a journey of understanding our bodies, our minds, and our lives, of seeing clearly the true nature of experience. The authors guide the reader in developing the openness and compassion that are at the heart of this spiritual practice. For those already treading the path, as well as those just starting out, this book will be a welcome companion along the way. Among the topics covered are:

   •  The hindrances to meditation—ranging from doubt and fear to painful knees—and skillful means of overcoming them
   •  How compassion can arise in response to the suffering we see in our own lives and in the world
   •  How to integrate a life of responsible action and service with a meditative life based on nonattachment


Useful exercises are presented alongside the teachings to help readers deepen their understanding of the subjects.

"A thorough, illuminating, and practical overview of insight meditation. . . . This classic text is a rich source of Buddhist wisdom and practice."--Spirituality & Health

"For those who are already treading the path as well as those who are just setting out, Seeking the Heart of Wisdom will be a welcome companion along the way."--The Middle Way



"It succeeds excellently. Brilliantly, one would say, were it not that the simplicity and total unpretentiousness of the authors are so far removed from any striving for brilliance or effect. Goldstein and Kornfield are totally concerned with one thing only: to convey as straightforwardly as possible the essence of the Buddha's message."--Buddhist Studies Review

"A skillful blend of pragmatic instruction, psychological insight, and perennial wisdom."--Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

Preface
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Understanding Practice
Discovering the Heart of Meditationp. 3
Exercise: Learning from the Preceptsp. 16
Why Meditate?p. 18
Exercise: Concepts and Realityp. 28
Meditation Instructionsp. 30
Difficulties and Hindrancesp. 38
Exercises: Making the Hindrances Part of the Pathp. 56
Deepening Levels of Practicep. 57
Exercise: Moving from Content to Processp. 72
Training the Heart and Mind
The Seven Factors of Enlightenmentp. 75
Exercise: Awareness of the Factors of Enlightenmentp. 95
The Life of the Buddhap. 97
Exercise: Recollection of the Buddhap. 111
The Freedom of Restraintp. 112
Exercise: Restraintp. 122
Suffering: The Gateway to Compassionp. 123
Exercise: Cultivating Compassionp. 134
The Growth of Wisdom
Understanding Karma: Cause and Effectp. 137
Exercise: Equanimity Meditationp. 149
Understanding Karma: Liberationp. 151
Exercise: Observing Intentionp. 156
The Five Spiritual Facultiesp. 157
The Three Basic Characteristicsp. 171
Exercise: Observing Discomfort in Our Conditioned Responsep. 185
Perspectives on Realityp. 187
The Path of Servicep. 199
Exercise: The Heart of Servicep. 213
Integrating Practicep. 215
Exercises: Strengthening Mindfulnessp. 232
Glossaryp. 235
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9781570628054
ISBN-10: 157062805X
Series: Shambhala Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 21
Published: 1st March 2001
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1