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The Jack Kornfield Heart Wisdom hour celebrates Jack’s ability to mash up his long established Buddhist practices with many other mystical traditions, revealing the poignancy of life’s predicaments and the path to finding freedom from self-interest, self-judgment and unhappiness.

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The Jack Kornfield Heart Wisdom hour celebrates Jack’s ability to mash up his long established Buddhist practices with many other mystical traditions, revealing the poignancy of life’s predicaments and the path to finding freedom from self-interest, self-judgment and unhappiness.

    Ep. 239 – Heart As Big As the Sky

    Ep. 239 – Heart As Big As the Sky

    Unveiling how to grow your heart as big as the sky, Jack shares the spiritual antidote for aversion, negativity, and fear.

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    "Let your heart be as big as your whole experience, like the sky." – Jack Kornfield

    In this episode, Jack mindfully explores:Overcoming aversion by "bringing it into your heart" rather than your rational mindTouching into emotions, fears, and judgements with compassion instead of aversionUsing techniques like "noting/naming" for moving past intense feelingsLoving your negatives states as you would love your own childSeeing clearly the karma, value, and consequence of your personal patternsWho would you be if you dropped your opinions, views, identity?Growing your heart to the size of the skyPracticing the 'art of letting go'Learning to live in the reality 'the Now'Why Buddha had a better time than mostPainting as a doorway to spiritual experienceTransmuting difficulties by dropping our resistance to themHow to hold healthy views without being attached to them


    "In this space of Now, it's not necessary to have fear. In this place of Now, we can rest." – Jack Kornfield

    "If we want to create peace, or if we want to live free from greed, hatred and delusion, the place to start is in ourselves." – Jack Kornfield

    Learn the Dynamic Art of Interactive Guided Meditation with Jack Kornfield in an online masterclass cohort starting this June.

    This Dharma Talk originally recorded on 1/1/1989 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center was originally published on DharmaSeed.

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    • 35 min
    Ep. 238 – Freeing Yourself From Fear and Opinion

    Ep. 238 – Freeing Yourself From Fear and Opinion

    Illustrating how to free yourself from fear and opinion, Jack reveals how to overcome suffering by cultivating a pure heart.

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    "The only Zen you find on tops of mountains is the Zen you bring there." – Robert M. Pirsig

    In this episode, Jack skillfully illuminates:Skillful ways to free yourself from stuck views and opinionsRam Dass's teaching advice to JackBalancing life's sufferings with life's joysZen wisdom on how to drop your viewsAccepting what you see and rejecting what you thinkOvercoming suffering by living with a pure heartBuddha's 'Fire Sermon' teachingsThe way attachment connects to fear, and how to get to the rootHow views and opinions keep you separate, ego-focused, and defensiveWorking with racism and fear by imbibing wakefulness and mindfulnessOvercoming opinions and and views by the method of noting/naming


    This Dharma Talk originally recorded on 1/1/1989 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center was originally published on DharmaSeed.

    Learn the Dynamic Art of Interactive Guided Meditation with Jack Kornfield in an online masterclass cohort starting this June!

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    • 31 min
    Ep. 237 – Discovering Peace Within Yourself

    Ep. 237 – Discovering Peace Within Yourself

    Uncovering how to find joy and freedom in any situation, Jack shares the roadmap for discovering peace within yourself.

    Learn the Dynamic Art of Interactive Guided Meditation with Jack Kornfield in this online masterclass cohort starting this June! Learn more and register at bit.ly/InteractiveCohort

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    “Peace is the cessation of your struggle, it’s putting down the burden and letting things be as they actually are.” – Jack Kornfield

    In this episode, Jack mindfully explores:Learning to be at peace with yourself and the worldHow to meditate when it feels like you can’t meditateThe way emptiness connects with compassionReconciling where peace meets strugglePeace as an internal state you can bring with youBeing Here Now, opening to life fully, and becoming intimate with all thingsHow we can find joy, liberation, and freedom in any situationDharma stories of the Buddha as well as the Bodhisattva VimalakīrtiComing to terms with the First Noble Truth of suffering, disappointment, and changeThe transformative power of meeting life exactly as it isWhat we can learn from both a “Duck Meditation,” “Goose Poem,” and a Tibetan PrayerLove and it’s connection with courage


    “We can’t come to rest because we’re at war with what’s actually here.” – Jack Kornfield

    “To enter into the unknown is really to enter into the moment.” – Jack Kornfield

    This Dharma Talk originally recorded on 12/01/1989 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center was originally published on DharmaSeed.

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    • 53 min
    Ep. 236 – Sacred Reflections with Brother David Steindl-Rast and Frank Ostaseski

    Ep. 236 – Sacred Reflections with Brother David Steindl-Rast and Frank Ostaseski

    Jack and the ‘Grandfather of Gratitude,’ Brother David Steindl-Rast, delve into sacred reflections on death, where Buddha meets Jesus, the power of compassion, the positive side of grief, and beyond.

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    “The process of grieving that breaks this little heart, which closes itself in itself, opens us to the heart that we all share, the one heart that we all have in common.” – Brother David Steindl-Rast

    In this sacred dialogue, Jack, Brother David, and Frank Ostaseski reflect on:How Christianity and Buddhism fit together spirituallyThe compassionate smile of Buddha meeting the sacred heart of Jesus ChristThe positive side of grief: opening to the collective heartDeath and grace in both traditionsDeconditioning from a difficult motherHarnessing the power of your common senseA funny story about the Pope, and how to awaken to who we already areJack’s journey to the Temple of the Coconut MonkHow to handle pain like a Burmese MasterHow to forgive yourself and overcome remorseDiffusing suicidal tendencies by cultivating self-compassionGuided meditations and sacred chants from Jack and Brother David


    “In a meditative way, one of the big pieces of being able to love, or touch, or open, or live, is really the work of forgiveness, grace, and receiving yourself in all of your complexity and loving.” – Jack Kornfield

    “Compassion, loving kindness, and understanding are our true nature, our true state.” – Jack Kornfield

    This conversation recorded on 6/30/1988 was originally published on DharmaSeed.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 235 – From Psychedelics to Mindfulness with Louie Schwartzberg

    Ep. 235 – From Psychedelics to Mindfulness with Louie Schwartzberg

    Fantastic Fungi's visionary director, Louie Schwartzberg, joins Jack to explore the profound connection between psychedelics and mindfulness. 

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    “You can’t separate psychedelics from life.” – Jack Kornfield

    In this fresh conversation, Jack and Louie spelunk the depths of:The connection between psychedelics and spiritualityPsychedelics as a gateway to wonder, curiosity, and the sacredHow tripping on psychedelics informed Louie’s filmmakingAlbert Einstein and psychedelics as the intersection between art and scienceThe universe and life as a constant transformation of light energyBuddha’s “Flower Sermon” and Zen Master Suzuki Roshi’s “Beginner’s Mind”Jack “exchanging maps” with famous LSD researcher, Stanislav GrofStudies showing the combination of psilocybin mushrooms and Louie’s time-lapse nature imagery as a powerful therapeutic tool for helping addiction and PTSDThe importance of “set and setting,” community, and integrationHow psychedelics actually fit into the Buddhist preceptsHonoring biology and the feminine aspects of natureThe gifts of sacred attention and loving awarenessFinding beauty wherever you are, and how Louie’s films heal by sharing patterns of nature for the soul to connect with


    This conversation was originally recorded on 3/29/24 by Banyan Together – an online mindfulness community started by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. To join the community and learn more, visit BanyanTogether.com

    “A lot of the work I do is to make the invisible visible. And that’s the perfect description of what a psychedelic journey is like, making the invisible visible.” – Louie Schwartzberg

    “We live in a culture that’s almost defined by the absence of the sacred. And so we feel this yearning, this intuitive wish to connect—whether it’s going high in the mountains, or making love, or taking psychedelics, or meditating.” – Jack Kornfield

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    • 41 min
    Ep. 234 – Guided Meditation: Mindful Loving Awareness

    Ep. 234 – Guided Meditation: Mindful Loving Awareness

    Inviting in calm, strength, and steadiness, Jack leads a guided meditation into the heart of mindful loving awareness.

    This guided meditation was originally recorded on 2/19/2024 for the Spirit Rock Monday Night Dharma Talk and Meditation. Register to join Jack's next livestream at JackKornfield.com/events

    "Feel the weight of your body, gravity, and how the earth completely supports you when you let go into your seat. You're met by the strength and steadiness of the earth itself. You can rest on her. – Jack Kornfield

    In this fresh episode, Jack leads a guided meditation for:Inviting in a sense of ease and calmRelaxing into mindful loving awarenessFinding a steady, grounded, rooted postureKeeping a natural, soft, and flowing breathQuieting the mind and watching experience unfoldNoticing the arising and passing away of all phenomenaAllowing yourself into rest, trust, and relaxation


    Learn to live beautifully with Jack Kornfield and Dr. Dan Siegel in their new online journey, Living Beautifully: Transformative Science and Mindfulness Practices to Cultivate a Wise Heart

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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

The Buddha Guy ,

Great wisdom from Jack

The amazing thing about Jack’s teaching is that every episode is different. They also each contain profound truths and wisdom accumulated over decades perhaps lifetimes. Googling for the answer is not the same. Very profound.

FreeParking ,

Chicken soup for the soul.

Jack is a treasure! I have found so much comfort and wisdom in these podcasts. If your feeling down or disconnected, listen to some stories, and consider some ancient wisdoms.
The only thing is I hate to say it but I don’t like the new introductions by the other guy. It feels completely inauthentic to know Jack was doing these talks separately and some other dude is choosing specific talks to throw into a podcast. Just skip that guy he adds no value, sorry new guy, I know you mean well.

loomasauris ,

Amazing Show !

I love this podcast especially the introduction that explains the history and backstory of the episode. Jack is a treasure! Thank you!

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