After the Ecstasy, the Laundry How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path. Jack Kornfield. 22 Review(s) | Add Your Review. Breaking down the myths about . Enlightenment does exist,” internationally renowned author and meditation master Jack Kornfield assures us. “Unbounded freedom and. After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path. Jack Kornfield, Author Bantam Books $ (p) ISBN

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There was also no discussion that I recall on the different levels of enlightenment or the distinction between insights, samadhi, and enlightenment. Kornfield does a good job of offering practical advice on how to get over spiritual humps in the road. May 24, Ben rated it it was ok. It is very hard not to let them affect you though. I was expecting Buddhist guidance in a similar vein as the teachings of Ajahn Chah.

Oct 12, Lucy rated it really liked it. He is so soothing and positive.

I also appreciated the myriad stories and quotes Kornfield uses to illustrate his topic. Agter it Forward Read it first. This goes against what I find so helpful about Buddhism which is the last three noble truths: Took awhile for me to get through, because it was so thought provoking.

To learn more, please visit our Privacy Policy. Packed with juicy wisdom. They include, A Wise Heart: This was the first book that I have read by Jack Kornfield. On page 26, is the story of kornfiels girl being married to a fearsome dragon. We are faced with the laundry. But how is it viewed among Western teachers and practitioners?

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We may worry how our spiritual life can fit into our ordinary way of being, our ordinary work. I don’t buy into the idea that it’s poison to not forgive at all. His voice is so soothing and the message, I found, went deep inside to a place that needed to hear, we are all on the path and there are challenges for all of us. This book touched me deeply. Jack Kornfield has a great knack for writing in a meaningful, pleasant way. Then, about te years ago it came back off the shelf, and, because I enjoyed it so much the first time, Kack started reading from the beginning.


Inspired by Your Browsing History. The book of calm, I would call it. But the time was well spent witnessing to the process of Enlightenment.

I want to read it again as soon as I have digested the first reading. I didn’t like the beginning of the book where Kornfield provides many different accounts of enlightenment.

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

Assess how to embrace the joys and sorrows of everyday life after experiencing a transcendent spiritual awakening Integrate inner knowledge with outer expression and experience Analyze how to embrace spiritual practice as an invitation to the truth Plan to embrace our human feelings without judgment Describe how to recognize the Buddha in each other and create community.

Around this time, one of the older sisters afte. He also mentions doing spiritual practices just because we enjoy doing them rather than them leading us somewhere.

When our identity expands to include everything, we find peace with the dance of the world. I foolishly tried to read it over three days, but I had to slow down to read it over a month. Kornfield outlines the shifts of consciousness that we all make affter day and how even enlightened monks struggle with their spirituality and families. Jack Kornfield is wonderful! The body is important and should be well taken care of, not denied. The many ways to reach some kind of “inlightenment” are sketched out as signs we too can follow.

Apr 26, Karen rated it liked it. The best thing about him is his humility. Deep prayer and meditation experiences sustained me for a long time.


However, they still have to deal with family life, children, bills, stress etc. This is a lovely book of essays that share insights about the Buddhist path. In trying to find common ground, there is a sense of groundlessness.

Which serves as a good example for those of us who merely seek but aren’t gurus or leading conferences on the topic. Kornfiield can’t take time out to practice full time. As an author myself, I dislike leaving bad reviews and appreciate much of the work Jack has done online and in print. Kornfield writes with a very straightforward, nurturing style which reeks of sincerity.

It really prepares me thr a busy day, and reminds me to pay attention! What becomes known with absolute certainty is that we are not and never have been separate from the world.

It’s not a heavy read, but more of a meditation on life and spirituality. On After the Ecstasy, the LaundryJack Kornfield—author of the modern classic on American Buddhism, A Path with Heart —brings into focus the truth about satori, the awakened state of consciousness, and enlightenment practices today.

It’s a bit like the way that statistics can be used to prove pretty much anything. It is as if deep down we all hope that some experience, some great realization, enough years of dedicated practice, might finally lift us beyond the touch of life, beyond the mundane struggles of the world.

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