A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times

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When the path ahead is dark, how can we keep from stumbling? How do we make our way with courage and dignity? "Inside each of us is an eternal light that I call 'the One Who Knows,' writes Jack Kornfield. "Awakening to this wisdom can help us fin dour way through pain and suffering with grace and tenderness." For anyone seeking answer during a trying time, he offers "A Lamp in the Darkness," a book-and-CD program filled with spiritual and psychological insights, hope-giving stories, and guided meditations for ...

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Overview

When the path ahead is dark, how can we keep from stumbling? How do we make our way with courage and dignity? "Inside each of us is an eternal light that I call 'the One Who Knows,' writes Jack Kornfield. "Awakening to this wisdom can help us fin dour way through pain and suffering with grace and tenderness." For anyone seeking answer during a trying time, he offers "A Lamp in the Darkness," a book-and-CD program filled with spiritual and psychological insights, hope-giving stories, and guided meditations for skillfully navigating life's inevitable storms.

The practices in this book are not positive thinking, quick fixes, or simplistic self-help strategies. They are powerful tools for doing "the work of the soul" to access our inner knowing and to embrace the fullness of our life experience. With regularly practice these teachings and meditations enable you to transform your difficulties into a guiding light for the journey ahead. Join Jack Kornfeld as your trusted guide as you explore:

. Shared Compassion-a guided practice for planting the seeds of compassion and opening the heart to all that life brings

. The Earth Is My Witness-a meditation to establish firm footing in the midst of darkness, centered by a steady witnessing presence

. The Practice of Forgiveness-what Jack calls "the only medicine that can release us from the past and allow us to truly begin anew."

. The Temple of Healing-a guided visualization to meet our own inner healer

. Equanimity and Peace-a meditation for maintaining balance and acceptance regardless of the situation

Just as it is certain that each life will include suffering, explains Kornfield, it is also true that in every moment there is the possibility of transcending your difficulties to discover the heart's eternal freedom. With A Lamp in the Darkness, he offers you a beacon for yourself and others until joy returns again.

Table of Contents

Foreward by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Introduction: An Invitation to Awaken

1. The Wisdom of Our Difficulties

2. The Earth is My Witness

3. Shared Compassion

4. Awakening the Buddha of Wisdom in Difficulties

5. The Practice of Forgiveness

6. The Temple of Healing

7. The Zen of an Aching Heart

8. Equanimity and Peace

9. Your Highest Intention

10. The Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the Healing Journey

Afterword: The Return of Joy

Excerpt

If you're reading these words, you've probably hit hard times. Perhaps you've lost a loved one, or maybe you've lost your job, or received a difficult diagnosis, or someone close to you has. Maybe you're divorcing or you're in bankruptcy or you've been injured, or your life is falling apart in any number of ways. Maybe daily life itself has become too much for you.or not enough. But even in the best of times there's plenty to worry about: seemingly endless wars and violence, racism, our accelerating environmental destruction. In difficult times, personally or collectively, we often begin to wonder not only how we can get through this difficult patch; we begin to question existence itself.

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Kornfield (The Wise Heart) addresses the healing of suffering. A leader of the vipassana movement of American Buddhism and a popular author, Kornfield combines thoughtful commentary, moving anecdotes, and guided meditations and visualizations; the book and accompanying CD audio is described as a program providing “profound tools for doing the work of the soul.” The author writes that each individual has the inner wisdom (“the one who knows”) for healing if difficulties are faced directly: “Even the worst losses become workable over time.” This wise and compassionate book, developed from Kornfield’s talks, aims to help readers develop self-compassion, forgiveness, sacred attention, equanimity, and the ability to live according to their highest intentions. While based on Buddhist principles, it is written for a general audience, serving as a short, unintimidating introduction to a possible path for healing. The book’s strengths include its gentle reminder of the universality of deep suffering and the possibility of recovering joy. This work could have merited a more in-depth treatment; it disappoints only by its shortness. (Accompanying CD audio was not received by PW.) (Sept.)
From the Publisher
"I will make sure to keep several copies on hand to give to friends in times of need."
-ELIZABETH LESSER
Author of Broken Open

". . . rich with practical lessons in truth and love, compassion and mindful awareness- and will help guide us home for decades to come."
-LAMA SURYA DAS
Author of Buddha is As Buddha Does

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781622030965
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 118
  • Sales rank: 168,308
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (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 a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and his books have sold over 1 million copies. He lives in northern California. See jackkornfield.com.
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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    Kornfield carves a path through the dark days

    Like everything Jack Kornfield touches this book is a beautiful testament to his time-honored wisdom, a testament that helps us forge our way through the darkness of our lives. I use the book to help me fight insomnia because its message is so soothing, so relaxing, i can get back to sleep knowing that the demons are at bay.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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