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    Meditation: Becoming Simple and Transparent

    As you reflect on your spiritual life you can ask yourself: What do you know in your heart about the truth of life? Do you actually need more knowledge than this, or is this…

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    Examining Thoughts

    Buddhist psychology helps us with two important tasks in working with thoughts. First it teaches us how to acknowledge the content of our thoughts. Second, we learn the ability to…

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    The Compassionate Replacement of Painful Thoughts

    If you are a person who has regular, repeated destructive thoughts, thoughts of self-judgment, criticism, shame, or unworthiness, work with this training for a week or, even…

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    Non-Identification

    In non-identification we stop taking the experience as me or mine. We see how our identification creates dependence, anxiety, and inauthenticity. In practicing non-identification,…

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    Naming the Wanting Mind

    As we work to observe the wanting and grasping without condemning it, we can learn to be aware of this aspect of our nature without being caught up in it. When it arises we can…

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    Awakening the Buddha of Wisdom in Difficulties

    “Who is your enemy? Mind is your enemy. Who is your friend? Mind is your friend.” ~Buddha I have on my refrigerator a picture of a solitary Chinese man returning from…

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    Observing Intention

    To understand karma, it is essential to see how the motivation or intention preceding an action determines the future karmic result of that action. Thus, if an act is motivated by…

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    Tending the Garden

    When we are willing to rest with trust on this earth, the great force of life will begin to move through us. I saw this force of life in the midst of tremendous desolation some…

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    Misconceptions About Selflessness

    Misconceptions about selflessness and emptiness abound, and such confusions undermine genuine spiritual development. Some people believe that they can come to selflessness by…

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    The Zen of an Aching Heart

    “Your days pass like rainbows, like a flash of lightening, like a star at dawn. Your life is short. How can you quarrel?” ~Buddha  In the Jewish mystical tradition,…

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    The Mindful Way – Buddhist Monks of the Forest Tradition in Thailand with Ajahn Chah

    BBC Open University documentary about the life and function of a Buddhist monastery of the Forest Tradition in Thailand. An excellent introduction to the thought and practices of…

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    The Bird in the Trap

    A certain man caught a bird in a trap. The bird says, “Sire, you have eaten many cows and sheep in your life, and you’re still hungry. The little bit of meat on my…

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    Healing Through Emptiness

    The last aspect of mindful healing is awareness of the universal laws that govern life. Central to it is an understanding of emptiness. This is most dificult to describe in…

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    Freedom Here and Now

    The radiant abodes express the fruit of mental development. When they are in balance, loving-kindness, compassion, and joy rest in an unshakable equanimity. This peace is not…

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    The Heart’s Intention

    Becoming aware of intention is the key to awakening in moment-to-moment practice. In each situation that calls for our engagement, some inner intention will precede our response.…

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    Rumi’s Teacher

    The great Persian poet Rumi had an extraordinary teacher named Shams. Even as a child Shams seemed different. His own parents struggled with whether to send him to a monastery of…

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    Boredom

    Another form of aversion that we can learn to be mindful of is boredom. Usually we are afraid of boredom and will do anything to avoid it. So we go to the refrigerator, pick up…

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    Equanimity vs Indifference

    The near enemy of equanimity is indifference or callousness. We may appear serene if we say, “I’m not attached. It doesn’t matter what happens anyway, because…

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    Cultivating Compassion

    There are many levels on which we can strengthen and awaken compassion in our lives. We can practice it in silence as we sit. When thoughts or images of the suffering of other…

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    Heaven & Hell

    A big, tough samurai once went to see a little monk. “Monk,” he said, in a voice accustomed to instant obedience, “teach me about heaven and hell!” The…

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    A Meditation on Lovingkindness

    This meditation uses words, images, and feelings to evoke a lovingkindness and friendliness toward oneself and others. With each recitation of the phrases, we are expressing an…

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    Water Into Wine

    A century ago, a young student at the great Oxford University in England was taking an important examination in religious studies. The examination question for this day was to…

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    A Meditation on Grief

    “When after heavy rain the storm clouds disperse, is it not that they’ve wept themselves clear to the end?” ~Ghalib Grief is one of the heart’s natural…

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    Skillful Service is Born of a Quiet Heart

    Wise intention and skillful service need to be nourished by periods of quiet and prayer. Every great tradition includes some from of the Sabbath. In the West we inherited the…

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    A Full Awareness of the Feelings

    This is a second principle for releasing repeated patterns-Open to a Full Awareness of the Feelings. It is the feeling level that controls most of our inner life, yet often we are…

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    Forgiveness & Kind Intention

    In the mandala of wholeness we are called to the practice of forgiveness. We must especially find a forgiving heart with family and those close to us. Only then can we bring it…

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    Healthy Desire

    Buddhist psychology teaches us to distinguish between the painful desire of addiction and driven ambition and the healthy energies of dedication and commitment. A dream or…

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    Immediacy

    Spiritual Awakening is found in the here and now. In the Zen tradition they say, “After the ecstasy, the laundry.” Spiritual maturity manifests itself in the immanent…

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    Turning Difficulties into Healing

    In the Arthurian legends, the young knight Parsifal joins the Knights of the Round Table to seek the Holy Grail. His mentor, Gournamond, tells him that to remain honorable, he…

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    Spiritual Life Takes Courage

    Equanimity is not indifference, and compassion is not pity. True spirituality  requires us to be fully present for life. For us to begin to look directly at the world situation…

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    Awareness of the Dance

    The third principle in working with altered states can be called Awareness of the Dance. When such experiences arise, the practitioner’s primary responsibility is to open to…

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    The Fruits of Non-Identification

    Buddhist psychology calls non-identification the abode of awakening, the end of clinging, true peace, nirvana. Without identification, we can respectfully care for ourselves and…

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    Forgiving Ourselves

    Finding a way to extend forgiveness to ourselves is one of our most essential tasks. Just as others have been caught in suffering, so have we. If we look honestly at our life, we…

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    Healing The Mind

    Just as we heal the body and the heart through awareness, so can we heal the mind. Just as we learn about the nature and rhythm of sensations and feelings, so can we learn about…

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    Remembering Who You Are

    “How amazing. All living beings have the Buddha nature of awakening and freedom, yet they do not realize this. Unknowingly they wander on the ocean of suffering for…

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    The Gates of Awakening

    Every spiritual tradition has stories of those who have awakened from their usual dreamlike state to a sacred way of being. Through initiation, purification, or prayer, or by a…

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    Big Sky Bell Meditation

    Jack leads a Big Sky Bell Meditation. Taken from a talk originally recorded October 24, 2013.

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    A Shining Web of Good Hearts & Goodwill In Israel & Palestine

    In a recent visit to the peacemaking communities of Holy land, I found an astonishing (and hardly reported) web of hundreds of organizations fostering reconciliation and peace…

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    “Buddhists Betray the Teachings” – Jack Kornfield

     “A religion known for nonviolence is being used to fuel a genocidal campaign against the Muslims of Burma. Inside the coming, September 2014 Shambhala Sun, Buddhist…

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    Nelson Mandela – Freedom of Spirit

    A magnificent light of human spirit was carried by Nelson Mandela to us all. When he walked out of Robben Island prison after 27 years with such dignity, magnanimity and…

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    “Make this body dance”

    - African Proverb Greetings! I happily just celebrated a 68th birthday week and part of the celebration was watching some amazing dancers. It happened at the celebration of a…

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    Dedication and Grace

    Recently I received an invitation from good friends at Pillars of Peace to hear Aung San Suu Kyi speak in Honolulu. Daw Suu has been an inspiration to me and millions of others…

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    The Fix interviews Jack

    An Interview with Jack featured in TheFix.com. Have you worked with people struggling with substance and behavioral addictions? Over the years, many people struggling with addiction…

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    Walking Meditation

    One of the most useful and grounding ways of attending to our body is the practice of walking meditation. Walking meditation is a simple and universal…