Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. After graduating from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies in 1967 he joined the Peace Corps and worked on tropical medicine teams in the Mekong River valley. He met and studied as a monk under the Buddhist master Ven. Ajahn Chah, as well as the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. Returning to the United States, Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with fellow meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein and the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California.
Over the years, Jack has taught in centers and universities worldwide, led International Buddhist Teacher meetings, and worked with many of the great teachers of our time. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a father, husband, and activist.
His books have been translated into 20 languages and sold more than a million copies. They include:
Jack Kornfield’s Mindfulness Meditations
Jack Kornfield explains that our life is just but a moment of our journey. Who are we? We just wander striving to know our purpose.
In mindfulness, attention is inclusive of appreciating poetry, beauty, and art. Jack Kornfield explains that they are all integrated into our existence.
In this mindfulness talk, Jack Kornfield discusses how to navigate intimacy as we develop greater mindfulness and self-awareness.
Jack Kornfield talks about teachers and cults. He expounds the importance of independence or spirituality and truth; in order not to fall astray into cults.
Jack Kornfield talks about how Buddha teaches the transformation of suffering into joy. He then proceeds to tell the story about the dragon and 10 gowns.
Jack Kornfield tells the story of Nachiketa who puts his ego before him unafraid to face the Lord of Death. Was it courage? What can we reflect from this?
Jack Kornfield talks about seeing things in a fresh way or seeing anew. Perfect for beginners who are contemplating for contentment.
Jack Kornfield tells about tending to yourself and the world by caring for each other. He tells a story about a student desperate to get home to his Mom.
Jack Kornfield talks about the mystery of human life and the topic of redemption in relation to having the right livelihood. How will you live if it’s short?
Jack Kornfield leads a guided meditation about Spirituality and Politics. It’s a lengthy broadcast starting with a beautiful song you may want to skip the intro part.
Jack Kornfield talks about Joy of Virtue or Happiness of Integrity. Relating virtue to morality without harming any form of life and respecting nature.
This is an introductory Guided Meditation by Jack Kornfield. As he explains, he welcomes the newcomers to Spirit Rock and orients about the schedules and practices.
Jack Kornfield leads a guided meditation on emotions. Allow yourself to rest into the space of loving-awareness to acknowledge your strong emotions.
Jack Kornfield leads Peaceful Meditation to those mostly beginning in the practice of meditation. He teaches to feel the breath as it rises and fall.
Jack Kornfield leads a guided meditation with sound. He uses bells in this meditation to appreciate appearing and disappearing.
Jack Kornfield leads Serenity: A Guided Meditation. First, orienting the participants on spirt rock’s programs. This meditation is best for beginners.
Jack Kornfield talks about Commitment, Attachment, and Love. Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
Jack Kornfield talks about the topic of Redemption. In the practice of loving awareness and compassion, redemption is bestowed by the power of moral conduct.
Jack Kornfield talks about Inspired Leadership. He takes inspiration from various different leaders like the King of Thailand and George Washington.
Jack Kornfield talks about Beauty, Hope, and Fear. The real beauty is inner beauty. If your heart is pure, then all things in the world are pure.
In this free guided meditation, Jack Kornfield helps us achieve a broad state of awareness as vast as the open sky. The mind is like the space, boundless and open.
Jack Kornfield talks about Developing Compassion. The Buddha said the freedom of the heart is love. Compassion is the quivering of the heart when it touches sorrow.
Jack Kornfield talks about the Fruits of Meditation Practice. A greater sense of well-being in the body, it comes from loving-awareness, mindfulness & balance.
Jack Kornfield talks about The Mysteries of Uncertainty. One must always approach with a beginner’s mind to gain the grace of not knowing.