More Love, More Compassion, More Joy with Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.

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The science of inner training, including mindfulness and attention to our own body, shows us a different possibility of living with more compassion, more forgiveness, and more understanding. Kornfield gives an example of the benefits of mindfulness: "Mindfulness is a directed attention to what is actually here before we have all our judgments and ideas about what is right and wrong and what is good and bad. Mindfulness means paying attention and seeing things clearly without reaction. From there we can respond in wise ways rather than be caught in our habitual patterns." Kornfield shares with us how we all have an unlimited capacity for love, for joy, for communion with life, and for unshakable freedom. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Jack Kornfield, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned meditation teacher and one of the leaders in introducing Buddhist practice and psychology to the West. After graduating in Asian studies from Dartmouth College, he joined the Peace Corps and later trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India. Kornfield is a cofounder of Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. A husband, father, and activist, he also holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and regularly gives seminars to mental health professionals.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is mindfulness
  • How some healthcare professionals understand that life and health is more than prescribing medications for problems
  • How Buddhist psychology reconnects us with our inner aliveness, beauty, and authenticity
  • How to cultivate forgiveness
  • What are the two kinds of suffering and why do we attach ourselves to them
  • Why you need mentors
  • How nature helps us to heal
  • Why intention is a key to moving us past difficulties

Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 7/9/2008       Program Number: 3267

Music Playlist

From Album: Rhythm of the Earth
Artist: Earth Trybe
2002 Neo Pacifica Recordings NP 3009

Opening Essay: Track 08 Celebration
Music Break 1: Track 02 Birth of an Island
Music Break 2: Track 03 The Quiet Desert
Music Break 3: Track 05 Rhythm of the Night