Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield, PhD, holds a PhD in clinical psychology; has trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma; and is one of the key teachers to introduce mindfulness to the West. A founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California, he has taught meditation internationally since 1974. His 16 books include A Path with HeartA Lamp in the DarknessAfter the Ecstasythe Laundry; and The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology.

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Jack Kornfield - Why Meditate?


  • 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.

  • 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.Through mastering this art we can learn new ways to bring wisdom and joy alive.

  • 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.

  • The Joy of Being a Corporate Yogini

    We are each a grab bag of different roles ever in motion: parent, friend, sibling, teacher, student, coach, dreamer, do-er. And sometimes those roles run in stark opposition.

  • Balancing Act: A Conversation with Jack Kornfield

    Jack Kornfield talks about meditation, loving-kindness practice, and why he loves to teach.

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

    As a college student struggling with a traumatic childhood, Sharon Salzberg heard that meditation could bring greater happiness. So she traveled to India to find out.