The Jewel of Liberation: Essential Teachings on the End of Suffering

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It is possible to find genuine happiness and liberation in the ups and downs of your own human life. We can all sense this, how our own capacity for greater compassion and freedom can grow. "If this were not possible," said the Buddha, "I would not ask you to do so." For four decades, Buddhist meditation teacher Jack Kornfield has shared practical instructions for awakening the wise and compassionate heart in the midst of all we experience. The Jewel of Liberation presents 10 pinnacle dharma talks (teaching ...
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Overview

It is possible to find genuine happiness and liberation in the ups and downs of your own human life. We can all sense this, how our own capacity for greater compassion and freedom can grow. "If this were not possible," said the Buddha, "I would not ask you to do so." For four decades, Buddhist meditation teacher Jack Kornfield has shared practical instructions for awakening the wise and compassionate heart in the midst of all we experience. The Jewel of Liberation presents 10 pinnacle dharma talks (teaching sessions) hand-selected by Jack from his personal collection to illuminate the pathways out of suffering and into the natural freedom that is both our shared birthright and our greatest gift to the world. Reclaim the Seat of Dignity, Compassion, and Lovingkindness. Meditation is the practice of awakening itself; it is the fundamental tool the Buddha offered to quiet the mind and open the heart. We begin our retreat with an examination of the art of meditation and how it empowers us to see things clearly and be gracious with the flow of this ever-changing life. The Jewel of Liberation continues with guidance in managing our troubles, the "weeds" that arise even as we cultivate the seeds of abiding happiness. Our retreat culminates with an inquiry into the "laws of life," the understandings we must have if we are to experience freedom independent of our circumstances.The Possibility of Freedom Here and Now. "The sure heart's release is found nowhere else but in our own direct experience---for it is who and what we are," teaches Jack Kornfield. "The world so much needs people who are free in this way, unafraid to love every being." Here is his invitation for each of us to "be a lamp of freedom for yourself and for all."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604070835
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 671,043
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Kornfield, PhD, trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught worldwide since 1974. He is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West and has authored more than a dozen books including The Wise Heart and A Path with Heart. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and of Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California.
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