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Bringing Home the Dharma

Awakening Right Where You Are
Paperback Book
August, 2012
$23.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

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. 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 brings together a bouquet of Jack’s shorter, topical writings from a variety of sources. None of them have been published together in a book before. The result: a jewel of diversely useful wisdom surprisingly applicable here and now in our lives.

Topics include how to cultivate loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity; conscious parenting; spirituality and sexuality; the way of forgiveness; and committing ourselves to healing the suffering in the world.

A few of the chapter titles give a feel for the book:
Make Your Heart a Zone of Peace: Dharma and Politics
Perils, Promises, and Spiritual Emergency on the Path
The Near Enemies of Awakening: Attachment, Pity, and Other Obstacles
Spiritual Maturity
Sex Lives of the Gurus
Drugs and Spiritual Practice
Even the Best Meditators Have Old Wounds to Heal
Samadhi: Developing a Steady, Concentrated Mind.

Bringing Home the Dharma also includes some well-tuned yet simple meditation practices for awakening our Buddha nature—our wise and understanding heart—amid the ups and downs of our ordinary daily lives.

Let the breath move like a breeze. Rest in this openness. Let sensations float and change. Allow all thoughts and images, feelings and sounds to come and go like clouds in the clear open space of awareness.

Finally, pay attention to awareness itself. Notice how the open space of awareness is naturally clear, transparent, timeless, and without conflict—allowing all things, but not limited by them.

The Buddha said, “O Noble Born, remember the pure open sky of your own true nature. Return to it. Trust it. It is home.”

“One of Western Buddhism’s wise elders, Jack Kornfield harvests a lifetime of experiences to create a masterful, clear, and moving picture of the human mind and heart.” —Norman Fischer

Among Jack Kornfield’s many other titles are A Path with Heart and The Wise Heart.


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