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

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

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by Jack Kornfield
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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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"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
Publishers Weekly
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.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622030965
Publisher:
Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
118
Sales rank:
180,623
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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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

Meet the Author

Jack Kornfield

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. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. He has written more than a dozen books including The Wise Heart; A Path With Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; and more.


Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is the founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and associate professor of medicine in the Division of Preventative and Behavioral Medicine. His clinic was featured in 1993 in the public television series Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers. Jon Kabat-Zinn is the author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Full-Catastrophe Living: Using Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness.

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Lamp in the Darkness 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
fortchicago More than 1 year ago
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.