Jack Kornfield Quotes & Wallpapers

Jack Kornfield
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You hold in your hand an invitation: to remember the transforming power of forgiveness and loving kindness. To remember that no matter where you are and what you face, within your heart peace is possible. Jack Kornfield

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. Jack Kornfield

According to Buddhist scriptures, compassion is the "quivering of the pure heart" when we have allowed ourselves to be touched by the pain of life. Jack Kornfield

A second quality of mature sirituality is kindness. It is based on a fundamental notion of self-acceptance.... Jack Kornfield

The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there? Jack Kornfield

When repeated difficulties do arise, our first spiritual approach is to acknowledge what is present, naming, softly saying 'sadness, sadness', or 'remembering, remembering', or whatever. Jack Kornfield

A bulging portfolio of spiritual experiences matters little if it does not have the power to sustain us through the inevitable moments of grief, loss, and change. Knowledge and achievements matter little if we do not yet know how to touch the heart of another and be touched. Wisdom is alive only as long as it is lived, understanding is liberating only as long as it is applied. Jack Kornfield

When our identity expands to include everything, we find a peace with the dance of the world. The ocean of life rises and falls within us - birth and death, joy and pain, it is all ours, and our heart is full and empty, large enough to embrace it all. Jack Kornfield

When we come into the present, we begin to feel the life around us again, but we also encounter whatever we have been avoiding. We must have the courage to face whatever is present - our pain, our desires, our grief, our loss, our secret hopes our love - everything that moves us most deeply. Jack Kornfield

The longing for initiation is universal and for modern youth, it is a desperate need. When nothing is offered in the way of spiritual initiation to prove one's entry into the world of men and women, initiation happens instead in the road or the street, in cars at high speed, with drugs, with dangerous sex, with weapons. However troubling, this behavior is rooted in a fundamental truth; a need to grow. Jack Kornfield

Samadhi doesn't just come of itself; it takes practice. Jack Kornfield

We have so many ideas and beliefs about ourselves. We told ourselves story about what we want and who we are, smart or kind. Often these are the unexamined and limited ideas of others that we have internalized and then gone on to life out. Jack Kornfield

We can easily become loyal to our suffering ... but it's not the end of the path. Jack Kornfield

Spiritual life doesn't make you a good person; you ARE a good person, you are a holy being when you are born. What spiritual life does is remind us that this is who we really are. Jack Kornfield

There are several different kinds of painful feelings that we might experience, and learning to distinguish and relate to these feelings of discomfort or pain is an important part of meditation practice, because it is one of the very first things that we open to as our practice develops. Jack Kornfield

Westerners, more than most Asians, are prone to feelings of fear, self-hatred, and unworthiness. Jack Kornfield

When we let go of our battles and open our hearts to things as they are, then we come to rest in the present moment. This is the beginning and the end of spiritual practice. Jack Kornfield

Life is so hard, how can we be anything but kind? Jack Kornfield

Expressing gratitude to our benefactors is a natural form of love. In fact, some people find loving kindness for themselves so hard, they begin their practice with a benefactor. This too is fine. The rule in loving kindness practice is to follow the way that most easily opens your heart. Jack Kornfield

Finding a way to extend forgiveness to ourselves is one of our most essential tasks. Just as others have been caught in suffering, so have we. If we look honestly at our life, we can see the sorrows and pain that have led to our own wrongdoing. In this we can finally extend forgiveness to ourselves; we can hold the pain we have caused in compassion. Without such mercy, we will live our own life in exile. Jack Kornfield

Do not doubt your own basic goodness. In spite of all confusion and fear, you are born with a heart that knows what is just, loving, and beautiful. Jack Kornfield

Train your mind the same way you"d train a puppy: Be patient, be consistent, and have some fun along the way. Jack Kornfield

Wisdom says we are nothing. Love says we are everything. Between these two our life flows. Jack Kornfield

Nirvana manifests as ease, as love, as connectedness, as generosity, as clarity, as unshakable freedom. This isn't watering down nirvana. This is the reality of liberation that we can experience, sometimes in a moment and sometimes in transformative ways that change our entire life Jack Kornfield

We need energy, commitment, and courage not to run from our life nor to cover it over with any philosophy-material or spiritual. Jack Kornfield

Where we tended to be judgmental, we became more judgmental of ourselves in our spiritual practice. Jack Kornfield

Forgiveness does not mean that we have to continue to relate to those who have done us harm. In some cases the best practice may be to end our connection, to never speak to or be with a harmful person again. Sometimes in the process of forgiveness a person who hurts or betrayed us may wish to make amends, but even this does not require us to put ourselves in the way of further harm. Jack Kornfield

Though outer events may be difficult, the key to our happiness is how our mind responds to them. Jack Kornfield

But forgiveness is the act of not putting anyone out of your heart, even those who are acting out of deep ignorance or out of confusion and pain. Jack Kornfield

Meet this transient world with neither grasping nor fear, trust the unfolding of life, and you will attain true serenity. Jack Kornfield

To live in this precious animal body on this earth is as great a part of spiritual life as anything else. Jack Kornfield

Letting go does not mean not caring about things. It means caring about them in a flexible and wise way. Jack Kornfield

For most of us, generosity is a quality that must be developed. We have to respect that it will grow gradually; otherwise our spirituality can become idealistic and imitative, acting out the image of generosity before it has become genuine. Jack Kornfield

When we have for so long been judged by everyone we meet, just to look into the eyes of another who does not judge us can be extraordinarily healing. Jack Kornfield

Embodied courage chooses not to wait until illness or notice of death demands attention. Jack Kornfield

In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived How well we have loved How well we have learned to let go Jack Kornfield

All of spiritual practice is a matter of relationship: to ourselves, to others, to life's situations. Jack Kornfield

To bow to the fact of our life's sorrows and betrayals is to accept them; and from this deep gesture we discover that all life is workable. As we learn to bow, we discover that the heart holds more freedom and compassion than we could imagine. Jack Kornfield

Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. We can love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family, or friends. We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes. Jack Kornfield

Part of spiritual and emotional maturity is recognizing that it's not like you're going to try to fix yourself and become a different person. You remain the same person, but you become awakened. Jack Kornfield

When I sit with students, I do not just want to help them solve their problems. I want to find a moment with each person where their mind stops and their eyes open. I want us to be together as if we were lying in a field on the underside of the earth on a clear summer night, held only by the magnet of gravity, looking down into a bottomless sea of stars. I want us to remember together the beauty all around us. Jack Kornfield

The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are the moments when we touch one another. Jack Kornfield

What would we have to hold in compassion to be at peace right now? What would we have to let go of to be at peace right now? Jack Kornfield

Every individual in the world has a unique contribution. Jack Kornfield

Within the mystery of life there is the infinite darkness of the night sky lit by distant orbs of fire, the cobbled skin of an orange that releases its fragrance to our touch, the unfathomable depths of the eyes of our lover. No creation story, no religious system can fully describe or explain this richness and depth. Mystery is so every-present that no one can know for certain what will happen one hour from now. " It does not matter whether you have religion or are an agnostic believe in nothing, You can only appreciate (without knowing or understanding) the mysteries of life. Jack Kornfield

In all practices and traditions of freedom, we find the heart's task to be quite simple. Life offers us just what it offers, and our task is to bow to it, to meet it with understanding and compassion. Jack Kornfield

There is beauty to be found in the changing of the earth's seasons, and an inner grace in honouring the cycles of life. Jack Kornfield

If you put a spoonful of salt in a cup of water it tastes very salty. If you put a spoonful of salt in a lake of fresh water the taste is still pure and clear. Peace comes when our hearts are open like the sky, vast as the ocean. Jack Kornfield

Indifference pretends to create peace, but it is based on not caring, a silent resignation. It is a movement away, a separation fed by a subtle fear of the heart. We pull back, believing that what happens to others is not our concern. Our courage leaves us. Indifference is a misguided way of defending ourselves. Jack Kornfield

Refraining from false speech: speech from the heart. Undertake for one week not to gossip (positively or negatively) or speak about anyone you know who is not present with you (any third party). Jack Kornfield

To open deeply, as genuine spiritual life requires, we need tremendous courage and strength, a kind of warrior spirit. Jack Kornfield

We need to learn how to honor and use a practice for as long as it serves us-which in most cases is a very long time-but to look at it as just that, a vehicle, a raft to help us cross through the waters of doubt, confusion, desire, and fear. Jack Kornfield

In the end, forgiveness simply means never putting another person out of our heart. Jack Kornfield

It is hard to imagine a world without forgiveness. Without forgiveness life would be unbearable. Without forgiveness our lives are chained, forced to carry the sufferings of the past and repeat them with no release. Jack Kornfield

We each have been betrayed. Let yourself picture and remember the many ways this is true. Feel the sorrow you have carried from this past. Now sense that you can release this burden of pain by gradually extending forgiveness as your heart is ready. Jack Kornfield

Acceptance does not mean inaction. We may need to respond, strongly at times...From a peaceful center we can respond instead of react. Unconscious reactions create problems. Considered responses bring peace. With a peaceful heart whatever happens can be met with wisdom...Peace is not weak; it is unshakable. Jack Kornfield

In a society that almost demands life at double time, speed and addictions numb us to our own experience. In such a society, it is almost impossible to settle into our bodies or stay connected with our hearts, let alone connect with one another or the earth where we live. Jack Kornfield

The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle. Jack Kornfield

The first level of practice is illuminated by the qualities of courage and renunciation. Jack Kornfield

Equanimity arises when we accept the way things are. Jack Kornfield

There is a web of life into which we are born, from which we can never fall. Jack Kornfield

When we take time to quiet ourselves, we can all sense that our life could be lived with greater compassion and greater weakness. Jack Kornfield

True emptiness is not empty, but contains all things. The mysterious and pregnant void creates and reflects all possibilities. From it arises our individuality, which can be discovered and developed, although never possessed or fixed. Jack Kornfield

It's much better to become a Buddha than a Buddhist. Jack Kornfield

Everybody needs to take some time, in some way, to quiet themselves and really listen to their heart. Jack Kornfield

Have respect for yourself, and patience and compassion. With these, you can handle anything. Jack Kornfield

It is the basic principle of spiritual life that we learn the deepest things in unknown territory. Often it is when we feel most confused inwardly and are in the midst of our greatest difficulties that something new will open. We awaken most easily to the mystery of life through our weakest side. The areas of our greatest strength, where we are the most competent and clearest, tend to keep us away from the mystery. Jack Kornfield

We need a warrior's heart that lets us face our lives directly, our pains and limitations, our joys and possibilities. Jack Kornfield

We need energy, commitment, and courage not to run from our life nor to cover it over with any philosophy-material or spiritual. Jack Kornfield

If you can sit quietly after difficult news, if in financial downturns you remain perfectly calm, if you can see your neighbors travel to fantastic places without a twinge of jealousy, if you can happily eat whatever is put on your plate, and fall asleep after a day of running around without a drink or a pill,... if you can always find contentment just where you are, you are probably a dog. Jack Kornfield



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