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Awaken to a richer spiritual life with The Inner Art of Meditation, a comprehensive study course on vipassana meditation from Jack Kornfield. Of the two major schools of meditation, this is the one that teaches you the art of creating a foundation of awareness in your daily life. Zen monks draw from these same principles in their practice.


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Awaken to a richer spiritual life with The Inner Art of Meditation, a comprehensive study course on vipassana meditation from Jack Kornfield. Of the two major schools of meditation, this is the one that teaches you the art of creating a foundation of awareness in your daily life. Zen monks draw from these same principles in their practice.

30 review for The Inner Art of Meditation

  1. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    I am happy to add Jack Kornfield to my list of meditation teachers. I have been practicing meditation for a year now, learning from Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, and local Buddhists in my community. It is challenging, and I am thankful when a new teacher comes along to add to my understanding. This is Jack Kornfield. Jack's approach is one of practical instruction, seasoned anecdotes and humor. If you are interested in or new to meditation, I highly recommend this audio book. I am happy to add Jack Kornfield to my list of meditation teachers. I have been practicing meditation for a year now, learning from Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, and local Buddhists in my community. It is challenging, and I am thankful when a new teacher comes along to add to my understanding. This is Jack Kornfield. Jack's approach is one of practical instruction, seasoned anecdotes and humor. If you are interested in or new to meditation, I highly recommend this audio book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrei Mocuţa

    Recomand versiunea audio(book), vocea și tonul lui Kornfield fac tot farmecul. Nu e doar despre meditație și relaxare, e plin de poante și glumițe care te ajută să nu îți pierzi interesul și să rămâi focusat. O minunăție. Recomand!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    This is a series of audio lectures the author gave on meditation. As one of the other reviewers has said, the author's voice is calming. An excellent primer on Buddhist ideas and meditation. This is a series of audio lectures the author gave on meditation. As one of the other reviewers has said, the author's voice is calming. An excellent primer on Buddhist ideas and meditation.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    I've come back to this audiobook again and again. Even though I am not a faithful meditator, Kornfield is so witty and calming that it's an instant lift. I've come back to this audiobook again and again. Even though I am not a faithful meditator, Kornfield is so witty and calming that it's an instant lift.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bremer

    The goal of meditation, if there is a goal, isn’t about attaining a permanent state of bliss. Everyone will feel times of joy and sorrow, of uncertainty and happiness, of peace and confusion. To meditate is to see those experiences as they are in each moment. Not to judge, comment, or get lost in them. Just being loving awareness is enough. Tending to what is happening. When we live with presence, we begin to open up a little more, to be a little bit more vulnerable and honest with ourselves, bre The goal of meditation, if there is a goal, isn’t about attaining a permanent state of bliss. Everyone will feel times of joy and sorrow, of uncertainty and happiness, of peace and confusion. To meditate is to see those experiences as they are in each moment. Not to judge, comment, or get lost in them. Just being loving awareness is enough. Tending to what is happening. When we live with presence, we begin to open up a little more, to be a little bit more vulnerable and honest with ourselves, breathing in and out with all of the universe. Alive as the universe itself, unfolding. As one swami said, the waves of an ocean won’t go away, but you can learn to surf. Just pick a practice and stick with it. Instead of flittering from one discipline to another, we must find one that opens our hearts and helps us to be free. We will still feel envy, anger, depression, greed, and so on, but we can be aware of these feelings as they happen and slowly transform them with kindness, love, and patience. In meditation, we follow our sensations, thoughts, and feelings as they’re passing. We let them come and go and don’t need to identify as them. Our bodies may ache, we may cry, we may feel worried, angry, fearful, happy, excited, calm, or blocked. We may feel restlessness, tension in our faces, pain deep in our bones. All of these things are normal processes. We are making a discovery of ourselves every moment by simply being aware. We can note what happens and return to our breathing. There is no need to make any judgement about our experience, trying to control the moment with thoughts about how something should feel or be. Meditation is attention to the present moment without evaluation. We don’t have to make life different than what it is. All we have to do is be with life as it is. When the mind can listen patiently, all our questions are answered. When the heart can open, everything is love. Nothing is really grasped for too long. Things come and go and come and go. There is great wisdom in our uncertain experiences, and in change, there is a deeper truth within us. We can listen with a beginner’s mind while not expecting or claiming anything. We do not have to overflow with opinions about who we are, what we want, what is right or wrong. When we are empty, we can let ourselves experience our pain and sorrow and joy and happiness. If we can be compassionate toward the darker aspects of ourselves, we can love others. If we can be aware of the seasons that arise and pass within ourselves, we can know the changing conditions of all people. Meditation isn’t only about sitting still and counting our breaths. It’s about being truly alive in all that we are doing. We can always be awake when we are driving in heavy traffic, when we bite into a sandwich, when we listen to a friend, when we walk alone at night. Most of us do things automatically, not thinking of where we are, consumed in stories and memories. We may forget again and again, but in only a moment, we can come back and awaken. With tenderness toward ourselves and everyone else, we can be here and now.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    This is the best introduction to actual, and pray, meditation. Please, if you're interested in starting, or in expanding how you meditate, check this out. His guided meditations are also wonderful because he knows how to stay quiet after giving helpful advice. This is the best introduction to actual, and pray, meditation. Please, if you're interested in starting, or in expanding how you meditate, check this out. His guided meditations are also wonderful because he knows how to stay quiet after giving helpful advice.

  7. 4 out of 5

    James Allen

    Jack Kornfield is a master at explaining the Buddhist art of mediation and makes it easy to understand and apply.

  8. 4 out of 5

    George Disher

    I have enjoyed listening to the full length tape of the book multiple times. I like his calm voice and even his dry jokes. I have given the audio to one other person to listen to it and they said he put them to sleep.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marc

    I like this guy. They use simple words and it's easy to let their meaning elude you. I feel I made progress understanding as I listened to this. I felt very encouraged. I like this guy. They use simple words and it's easy to let their meaning elude you. I feel I made progress understanding as I listened to this. I felt very encouraged.

  10. 5 out of 5

    John Arnette

    Great strategies to better your practice. Jack Kornfield is fantastic!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Excellent audio version with the author discussing basic Buddhist psychology/philosophy interspersed with guided mediations. Recorded at a seminar over a period of several weeks.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Lovis

    I loved it...you should give it a read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rochelle

    good starter book, I go back to it from time to time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Markus

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    Lulu

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    Max

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    Tom

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    Diana

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    Marie Librelance

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    marge

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marjos Verbeek

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    Anna Cabrera

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    Yrjo Ojasaar

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    Kendall Williams

  28. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

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    Shashank

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer McVey

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