Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are

Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are


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ISBN-13: 9781611800500
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 354,255
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.78(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author


Jack Kornfield is one of the key teachers to have brought Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. His books include After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace; Meditation for Beginners; and The Wise Heart.


Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction xiii

Part 1 Becoming Who we are

1 The Liberating Practice of Mindfulness 1

2 The Art of Awakening: The Way of Meditation 11

3 A Mind Like Sky: Learning to Rest in Awareness 17

4 Realizing Our Full Potential: Cultivating Love and Joy 22

5 Make Your Heart a Zone of Peace: Dharma and Politics 36

6 Our Children Will Learn What They Live: Becoming More Conscious Parents 41

7 The Art of Forgiveness 53

Part 2 Taking up the Spiritual Path

8 Spiritual Initiation: Monastic Rites of Wholeness and Commitment 61

9 Perils, Promises, and Spiritual Emergency on the Path 73

10 The Near Enemies of Awakening: Nonattachment Is Not Indifference 102

11 The Bodhisattva Way: Tending to the Suffering of All Beings 111

12 Samadhi: Developing a Steady, Concentrated Mind 125

13 Spiritual Maturity 133

Part 3 Lessons from Modern Masters

14 Natural Freedom of the Heart: The Teachings of Ajahn Chah 149

15 The Inspiration of Dipa Ma Barua 167

16 Holding the Banner of Dharma: Celebrating Chögyam Trungpa 175

Part 4 Practicing the Dharma in the West

17 American Buddhism: Preserving and Adapting the Dharma 193

18 This Fantastic, Unfolding Experiment: Establishing the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock 211

19 Sex Lives of the Gurus 225

20 Psychedelics, Antidepressants, and Spiritual Practice 235

21 Even the Best Meditators Have Old Wounds to Heal 245

22 The Sure Heart's Release: Healing Our Personal Pain 250

23 Enlightenments 258

Part 5 Practices

24 Take the One Seat: Basic Meditation Practice 269

25 Forgiveness Meditation 271

26 Loving-kindness Meditation (Metta) 273

Credits 277

About the Author 281

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“One of Western Buddhism’s wise elders, Jack Kornfield harvests a lifetime of experiences to create a masterful, clear, and moving picture of the human mind and heart.”—Norman Fischer

“Jack Kornfield brings to life a way to understand and cultivate mindfulness, compassion, lovingkindness, and true wisdom that penetrates to the core of what liberation is all about.”—Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Helped me so much on my journey into Buddhism. A great read.
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