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

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Where can we find illumination and support when we most need it? “Inside each of us is an inner light that I call ‘The One Who Knows,’” writes Jack Kornfield. “Awakening to this wisdom can help us find our way through pain and suffering with courage, grace, and tenderness.” For anyone seeking answers during a time of trial or confusion, he now offers A Lamp in the Darkness, a new book-and-CD program filled with spiritual and psychological insights, hope-giving stories, and special guided meditations to skillfully...
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Overview

Where can we find illumination and support when we most need it? “Inside each of us is an inner light that I call ‘The One Who Knows,’” writes Jack Kornfield. “Awakening to this wisdom can help us find our way through pain and suffering with courage, grace, and tenderness.” For anyone seeking answers during a time of trial or confusion, he now offers A Lamp in the Darkness, a new book-and-CD program filled with spiritual and psychological insights, hope-giving stories, and special guided meditations to skillfully navigate life’s inevitable storms. With deep understanding and compassionate warmth, Jack Kornfield illuminates a safe—and sane—pathway through difficulty, as we explore practices created for times of crisis but applicable and useful throughout our daily lives:
• Equanimity and Peace—how to hold the sorrows and struggles of our world and ourselves in balance while seeing the great peace behind it all
• Forgiveness—for releasing the past and breaking down barriers to all that is closed in the heart
• Setting Your Highest Intention—a guide for awakening to the shining beauty and potential of the human spiritHard times come to everyone. With A Lamp in the Darkness, we have a trusted guide and friend with whom we can face the road ahead in presence, love, and openness.
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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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"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: 9781604074482
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2011
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 385,336
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.60 (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. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. His books, which have sold over a million copies, include The Wise Heart (Bantam, 2009), A Path with Heart (Bantam, 1993), and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry (Bantam, 2001). He lives in Woodacre, California
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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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