Jack Kornfield, 2005
16 July 1945 |
Jack Kornfield (born July 16, 1945) is an American author and teacher in the vipassana movement in American Theravada Buddhism. He trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma and India, including as a student of the Thai monk Ajahn Chah. He has taught meditation worldwide since around 1974. In 1975, he co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, and subsequently in 1987, Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California.
After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1967, Kornfield joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to the Public Health Service in northeast Thailand, where there are several Buddhist forest monasteries. Here he met Ajahn Chah, who became his teacher, besides Mahasi Sayadaw, Burmese Theravada Buddhist monk. Upon returning to the United States in 1972, Kornfield co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein in 1975.
Kornfield has worked to make Buddhism accessible for Westerners.
In Jack Kornfield's book After the Ecstacy, the Laundry, he writes about the continuous striving for spiritual realization within the chores of day-to-day life; for instance "amid all the Western masters and teachers I know, such utter perfection is not apparent. Times of great wisdom, deep compassion, and a real knowing of freedom alternate with periods of fear, confusion, neurosis, and struggle. Most teachers will readily admit this."
His books include
- Kornfield, Jack; Breiter, Paul (1 September 1985). A still forest pool: the insight meditation of Achaan Chah. Quest Books. ISBN 978-0-8356-0597-7. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
- Feldman, Christina; Kornfield, Jack (1991). Stories of the spirit, stories of the heart: parables of the spiritual path from around the world. HarperSanFrancisco. ISBN 978-0-06-250321-3. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
- Kornfield, Jack (1 June 1993). A path with heart: a guide through the perils and promises of spiritual life. Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0-553-37211-3. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
- Goldstein, Joseph; Kornfield, Jack (29 August 1995). The Path of Insight Meditation. Shambhala. ISBN 978-1-57062-069-0. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
- Goldstein, Joseph; Kornfield, Jack (6 March 2001). Seeking the heart of wisdom: the path of insight meditation. Shambhala. ISBN 978-1-57062-805-4. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
- Kornfield, Jack (2 October 2001). After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-553-37829-0. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
Kornfield lectures were featured by Joe Frank on his radio series "The Other Side."
- Elliott, William (1 March 1996). Tying rocks to clouds: meetings and conversations with wise and spiritual people. Image Books. p. 215. ISBN 978-0-385-48191-5. Retrieved 6 June 2011. "So before my interview with Jack Kornfield, who is a well-known Vipassana meditation teacher, I was concerned about not"
- "About". Jack Kornfield. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
- Palmer, Helen (28 December 1998). Inner knowing: consciousness, creativity, insight, and intuition. J.P. Tarcher/Putnam. p. 202. ISBN 978-0-87477-936-3. Retrieved 6 June 2011. "Regardless of its level of complexity, every practice relies on steadiness of concentration. Jack Kornfield, psychologist and meditation teacher, describes the practice that forms a cornerstone of ..."
- Grof, Stanislav (June 2006). When the Impossible Happens: Adventures in Non-Ordinary Reality. Sounds True. p. 235. ISBN 978-1-59179-420-2. Retrieved 6 June 2011. "Coleader of the workshop was Jack Kornfield, dear friend, psychologist, Vipassana teacher, and Buddhist monk, who taught participants the principles of insight meditation, gave lectures on Buddhism, offered personal darshans, ..."
- Jack Kornfield audio from the DIY Dharma website
- The Eightfold Path for the Householder from the Urban Dharma website