A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life

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Random House Publishing Group, 21 ott 2009 - 384 pagine
“This important guidebook shows in detail and with great humor and insight the way to practice the Buddha’s universal teachings here in the West. Jack Kornfield is a wonderful storyteller and a great teacher.”—Thich Nhat Hanh

“Jack is helping to pave the path for American Buddhism, bringing essential basics into our crazy modern lives. And the language he uses is as simple and as lovely as our breath.”—Natalie Goldberg

 
Perhaps the most important book yet written on meditation, the process of inner transformation, and the integration of spiritual practice into our American way of life, A Path with Heart brings alive one by one the challenges of spiritual living in the modern world. Written by a teacher, psychologist, and meditation master of international renown, this warm, inspiring, and expert book touches on a wide range of essential issues including many rarely addressed in spiritual books. From compassion, addiction, and psychological and emotional healing, to dealing with problems involving relationships and sexuality, to the creation of a Zen-like simplicity and balance in all facets of life, it speaks to the concerns of many modern spiritual seekers, both those beginning on the path and those with years of experience.
 
A Path with Heart is filled with practical techniques, guided meditations, stories, koans, and other gems of wisdom that can help ease your journey through the world. The author’s own profound—and sometimes humorous—experiences and gentle assistance will skillfully guide you through the obstacles and trials of spiritual and contemporary life to bring a clarity of perception and a sense of the sacred into your everyday experience. Reading this book will touch your heart and remind you of the promises inherent in meditation and in a life of the spirit: the blossoming of inner peace, wholeness, and understanding, and the achievement of a happiness that is not dependent on external conditions.
 
Sure to be a classic, A Path with Heart shows us how we can bring our spirituality to flower every day of our lives. It is a wise and gentle guidebook for an odyssey into the soul that enables us to achieve a deeper, more satisfying life in the world.

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Clear, salient points. I appreciated the wisdom within this book. It is a beautiful snapshot in time of the author's philosophy and advice to himself and any who want it. Leggi recensione completa

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Another great introduction to Buddhism. Kornfield presents the teachings in a direct manner with lots of illustrative stories and metaphors. This is much more than meditation instruction. He shows how we can live with more mindfulness and compassion in all parts of our life. Leggi recensione completa

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Sommario

Did I Love Well?
11
Stopping the War
22
Take the One Seat
31
Necessary Healing
40
Mindfulness of Breathing
56
Turning Straw into Gold
71
Naming the Demons
83
Difficult Problems and Insistent Visitors
102
No Self or True Self?
198
Generosity Codependence and Fearless
215
Finding and Working with
228
Psychotherapy and Meditation
244
Problems with
254
The Heart Is Our Garden
272
An Undivided Heart
287
SPIRITUAL MATURITY
309

Kundalini and Other
119
Expanding and Dissolving the Self Dark Night
135
A Lamp Unto Ourselves
157
Accepting the Cycles of Spiritual Life
171
No Boundaries to the Sacred
184
The Great Song
322
Enlightenment Is Intimacy with All Things
332
APPENDIX Insight Meditation Teachers Code of Ethics
340
Glossary
348
Copyright

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Informazioni sull'autore (2009)

Jack Kornfield is an internationally renowned Buddhist teacher and meditation master, and a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Center in Northern California. A former Buddhist monk, he holds a PhD in clinical psychology. His books include A Path with Heart, Buddha's Little Instruction Book, and After the Ecstasy.

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