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Posted July 12, 2002
Fascinating AND helpful.
Buddhist anecdotes always end with the monk attaining enlightenment. Have you ever wondered what happens after that? The way they tell the stories, the monks spend the rest of their days joyous and triumphant, never getting even irritated or annoyed, but is that even possible? Jack Kornfield discussed this issue with many higher-ups in the enlightenment field: Teachers of meditation, abbots and lamas, people who have spent many decades meditating. They tell you in their own words what happens after enlightenment. And you learn what sparked their interest in meditation originally and the important lessons they¿ve learned about it. Jack Kornfield teaches meditation, so his orientation is not merely to entertain. He coaches you in your practice throughout the book. Meditation isn¿t easy, so it really helps to get some encouragement and useful instruction. I¿m the author of the book, Self-Help Stuff That Works, and I¿m a sort of specialist in being able to distinguish information that really helps from what is merely fun to read. Once in awhile a writer manages to accomplish both, and that¿s what Kornfield has done with this book.
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Posted March 28, 2009
Truly a heart-felt writing.
I loved this book. I have read many books on philosophy, religion, and spirituality, but this one stands out as one of my all time favorites. I too have been blessed with many moments of grace and insight throughout my life, but was unsure if these epiphanies were getting me "anywhere", as I sometimes tended to grumble about the "laundry". It was wonderful to know that others, even those who are highly regarded spiritual teachers, also grumble about their "laundry" (and perhaps wonder about the missing socks?). I have dropped the unrealistic expectations of enlightenment for its own sake, and continue as before, slowly applying the knowledge and insight that I am gaining to all aspects of my life. Jack Kornfield's anecdotes and poems made me laugh and cry with the joy and pain of the human condition. Lovely writing, straight from the heart.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 15, 2001
Book of a Lifetime
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It wonderfully expresses a peaceful & loving philosophy in plain easy to understand stories, with exceptional use of humor. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, especially those who have even the mildest curiosity regarding Zen Buddhism. I found myself crying at the end, because I had no more of it to read and the shear beauty of the Universe was there with me. PeaceWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 16, 2000