If you want to find inner peace and wisdom, you don’t need to move to an ashram or monastery. Your life, just as it is, is the perfect place to be. Here Jack Kornfield, one of America’s most respected Buddhist teachers, shares this and other key lessons gleaned from more than forty years of committed study and practice.
Bringing Home the Dharma includes simple meditation practices for awakening our buddha nature—our wise and understanding heart—amid the ups and downs of our ordinary daily lives.
1.The Liberating Practice of Mindfulness 1 2.The Art of Awakening: the Way of Meditation 11 3.A Mind like Sky: Learning to Rest in Awareness 17 4.Realizing Our Full Potential: Cultivating Love and Joy 22 5.Make Your Heart a Zone of Peace: Dharma and Politics 36 6.Our Children Will Learn What They Live: Becoming More Conscious Parents 41 7.The Art of Forgiveness 53 8.Spiritual Initiation: Monastic Rites of Wholeness and Commitment 61 9.Perils, Promises, and Spiritual Emergency on the Path 73 10.The near Enemies of Awakening: Nonattachment Is Not Indifference 102 11.The Bodhisattva Way: Tending to the Suffering of All Beings 111 12.Samadhi: Developing a Steady, Concentrated Mind 125 13.Spiritual Maturity 133 14.Natural Freedom of the Heart: the Teachings of Ajahn Chah 149 15.The Inspiration of Dipa Ma Barua 167 16.Holding the Banner of Dharma: Celebrating ChöGyam Trungpa 175 17.American Buddhism: Preserving and Adapting the Dharma 193 18.This Fantastic, Unfolding Experiment: Establishing the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock 211 19.Sex Lives of the Gurus 225 20.Psychedelics, Antidepressants, and Spiritual Practice 235 21.Even the Best Meditators Have Old Wounds to Heal 245 22.The Sure Heart's Release: Healing Our Personal Pain 250 23.Enlightenments 258 24.Take the One Seat: Basic Meditation Practice 269 25.Forgiveness Meditation 271 26.Loving-Kindness Meditation (Metta) 273