Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield, PhD, holds a doctorate in clinical psychology; has trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma; and is a founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and Spirit Rock Center in California. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974. His 14 books include A Path with Heart; A Lamp in the Darkness; After the Ecstasy; The Laundry; and The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology.

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Jack Kornfield - Why Meditate?


  • Dharma and Politics

    The Dharma teachings of generosity, virtue, loving-kindness, and wisdom are non-partisan, says Jack Kornfield.

  • The Art of Awakening

    Meditation can be thought of as the art of awakening.

  • In the Temple of Forgiveness

    In this excerpt from his book "Bringing Home the Dharma," Jack Kornfield tells two powerful, real-life stories of forgiveness.

  • Human Flourishing

    Jack Kornfield describes his experience at the Mind & Life Institute meeting in Dharamsala, India, a dialogue between scientists and contemplatives from around the world on the topic of Reimagining Human Flourishing.

  • Balancing Act: A Conversation with Jack Kornfield

    Meditation Lets Us Look Inside Ourselves to See the Whole World Jack Kornfield, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, author, and one of the most well-known...

  • Meditation, Positive Emotions, and Real Happiness: Sharon Salzberg Pays It Forward

    Sharon likens the transformative qualities of positive emotions to loving-kindness meditation, which broadens our perspective and builds our inner resources.

  • The Joy of Being a Corporate Yogini

    None of us is one thing. We are a grab bag of different roles ever in motion: parent, friend, sibling, teacher, student, coach, dreamer, do-er. Sometimes those roles link in synergistic ways; other times they run in stark opposition.