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

The Wise Heart

A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology


Published: 19th May 2009
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Experience the Transformational Power of Buddhism's Psychology of the Heart with Bestselling Author Jack Kornfield
You have within you unlimited capacities for extraordinary love, for joy, for communion with life, and for unshakable freedom--and here is how to awaken them. In The Wise Heart," " celebrated author and psychologist Jack Kornfield offers the most accessible, comprehensive, and illuminating guide to Buddhist psychology ever published in the West. For meditators and mental health professionals, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, here is a vision of radiant human dignity, a journey to the highest expression of human possibility--and a practical path for realizing it in our own lives.

"I love this gentle, brilliant, and incisive book. I read it slowly, with amazement at its richness and wisdom, relief at feeling so understood, pleasure in Kornfield's beautiful writing and sweet humor, and gratitude that such understanding has been expressed in the written word. This Wise Heart changed me." --Anne Lamott, author of "Traveling Mercies" and "Grace (Eventually)
""What an extraordinary mind is Jack Kornfield's. Curious by nature and brightly shining from birth, tempered by suffering, both personal and worldly, it guides us, in this profound and useful book, on a journey of consciousness unfamiliar to most of us born in the West. The Wise Heart is one of those books, more than a book, more like a companion, that encourages our bravery to meet whatever confronts us in life with a caring and tranquil heart. It is a transformative gift from one of the great spiritual teachers of our time."--Alice Walker, author of "The Color Purple"
""The Wise Heart is Jack Kornfield at his most wonderful and illuminating. He brings to life a way to understand and cultivate mindfulness, compassion, lovingkindness and true wisdom that penetrates to the core of what liberation is all about."--Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of "Coming to Our Senses" and "Arriving at Your Own Door
""The Wise Heart offers more than remedies--it points the way to a life of flourishing."--Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence"
""This masterpiece of a dedicated life's work unveils the principles of an ancient 'science of mind' that are woven seamlessly into a wondrous map of the human heart--one that is astonishingly consistent with the discoveries of modernneuroscience."--Daniel Siegel, M.D., author of "The Developing Mind" and "The Mindful Brain
""Warm, funny, moving, and tremendously inspiring, The Wise Heart brings Buddhist psychology to life. Reading it is, in itself, a transformational experience." --Mark Epstein, M.D., author of "Thoughts without a Thinker "and "Psychotherapy without the Self
""Jack Kornfield harvests a lifetime of experiences to create a masterful, clear, and moving picture of the human mind and heart, a picture whose hopeful healing power I find astounding."--Norman Fischer, former abbot, San Francisco Zen Center; author of "Sailing Home: Using the Wisdom of Homer's Odyssey to Navigate Your Spiritual Journey
""Through clear teaching and wonderful storytelling, Jack Kornfield inspires us to realize and embody the love, presence and freedom that is our very essence."--Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance"
""One of today's most compeling and inspiring guides to spiritual growth."--"Science of Mind
""His best book yet.... Kornfield comes across as the therapist you wish you'd had.... Provides convincing and illustrative anecdotes and stories, and reaches into world traditions and literature as well as contemporary scientific research."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review

"From the Hardcover edition."

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Who Are You Really?

1 Nobility: Our Original Goodness 11

2 Holding the World in Kindness: A Psychology of Compassion 22

3 Who Looks in the Mirror? The Nature of Consciousness 35

4 The Colorings of Consciousness 48

5 The Mysterious Illusion of Self 61

6 From the Universal to the Personal: A Psychology of Paradox 79

Part II Mindfulness: The Great Medicine

7 The Liberating Power of Mindfulness 95

8 This Precious Human Body 110

9 The River of Feelings 124

10 The Storytelling Mind 137

11 The Ancient Unconscious 150

Part III Transforming The Roots Of Suffering

12 Buddhist Personality Types 167

13 The Transformation of Desire into Abundance 184

14 Beyond Hatred to a Non-Contentious Heart 205

15 From Delusion to Wisdom: Awakening from the Dream 222

Part IV Finding Freedom

16 Suffering and Letting Go 241

17 The Compass of the Heart: Intention and Karma 257

18 Sacred Vision: Imagination, Ritual, and Refuge 274

19 Behaviorism with Heart: Buddhist Cognitive Training 293

20 Concentration and the Mystical Dimensions of Mind 308

Part V Embodying The Wise Heart

21 A Psychology of Virtue, Redemption, and Forgiveness 331

22 The Bodhisattva: Tending the World 352

23 The Wisdom of the Middle Way 367

24 The Awakened Heart 382

Related Readings 403

Permissions 409

Acknowledgments 411

Index 413

ISBN: 9780553382334
ISBN-10: 0553382330
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 429
Published: 19th May 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.43