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A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times Hardcover – August 28, 2011


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"I will make sure to keep several copies on hand to give to friends in times of need."
-ELIZABETH LESSER
Author of Broken Open

". . . rich with practical lessons in truth and love, compassion and mindful awareness- and will help guide us home for decades to come."
-LAMA SURYA DAS
Author of Buddha is As Buddha Does

About the Author

Jack Kornfield, PhD, trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India, and has taught worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and his books have sold over 1 million copies. He lives in northern California. See jackkornfield.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; 1 edition (August 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604074485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604074482
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jack Kornfield, Ph.D. co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, in 1975 and later, the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. His books include After the Ecstasy, the Laundry and the national bestseller A Path with Heart (over 100,000 copies in print).

Customer Reviews

It is beautifully written and very understandable.
J. M. Smith
That book turned my life around and guided me along a path that would lead to the healing of my broken mind and my shattered heart, the spiritual path of meditation.
Evelyn A. Getchell
It is accompanied by an equally soothing 80 minute CD of guided meditation exercises.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Irene Conlan on September 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
With this book and the meditations Jack Kornfield has, indeed illuminated the tortuous path through the hard times that are impacting people across the planet.

Each chapter is a rich balm for the wounds inflicted by the declining economy, the political turmoil, the stressful lifestyles and all the other influences that create fear, negativity and imbalance in our lives. He has kept the chapters short but powerful in content so that, no matter how busy you are, there is time to read a chapter. Each sentence serves a purpose and offers its own rich nugget of wisdom. The meditations are like power vacations - brief but filled with nourishment for the soul. With his keen insight and understanding of the human condition, Kornfield has given us a perfect tool to restore us to emotional and spiritual equilibrium in these challenging times.

The book is small, easy to read and packed with gems of wisdom - it is "superfood for the soul." The CD is masterfully executed and can reach anyone regardless of age or condition. As I was doing the first meditation, my seven year old grandson came in, sat down beside me and joined in. When we finished he was beaming and wants to do it again. How great is that?

I would recommend this book to anyone who, regardless of their belief system, is looking for help dealing with these difficult times.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn A. Getchell TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 6, 2011
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In April 1993 I lost my mind. All the light in my life had been extinguished and I was left in utter darkness. I suppose I could call that terrifying state of crisis I was in the dark night of my soul. My husband, who I was wildly and passionately in love with, had died suddenly from a massive heart attack which had killed him instantly. I found him dead on our living room floor. Then there was darkness.

It would have been impossible for me to find my way out of that maddening void of grief without a lot of help. And I was blessed to get a tremendous amount of help, including a book that was like a shining beacon for me: Jack Kornfield's A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life. That book turned my life around and guided me along a path that would lead to the healing of my broken mind and my shattered heart, the spiritual path of meditation.

And now here I am many years later, still meditating, still following a path of devotion and spiritual work. I do practice a different kind of meditation now which is not the Buddhist method that Jack teaches, but nevertheless, meditation has become my way of life and I would like to bless Jack Kornfield for being the first to show me its value, for lighting that lamp in my darkness, and for showing me the way.

So I have a very tender affection for Jack Kornfield and I was absolutely thrilled when I discovered he had written a new book! I was very excited to read
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By L. Erickson on September 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a book and CD combo by Jack Kornfield, an American Buddhist teacher of vipassana meditation rooted in the Theravada tradition. Mr. Kornfield is also a co-founder of Spirit Rock meditation center, a clinical psychologist, and author of many well-known books including A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path, two favorites of mine.

A Lamp in the Darkness offers practices and teachings for dealing with the most difficult experiences in our lives - illness, betrayal, the end of relationships, the loss of a loved one, and any other time when we are struggling. Mr. Kornfield invites us to be present with our pain, and in so doing, open to the wisdom that can eventually evolve from it. As he puts it,

"Loss and betrayal tear open the heart. Look through this gate for the wisdom that lies there. What matters now? What would the wise ones do now?"

This is a slim and to-the-point volume, with each chapter focused on a theme, and ending with a written guided meditation (the CD contains the audio versions of these meditations.) Beginning with a chapter on wisdom, other chapter themes include compassion (beginning with self-compassion), forgiveness, healing, equanimity, mindfulness, and finally, moving back into joy. The book is really a process, and takes the reader on a journey. In his final chapter, "The Return of Joy", Mr.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Lita Perna VINE VOICE on October 8, 2011
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A Lamp in the Darkness is simple and nice without being preachy or offering quick fixes. The book can be useful an adjunct tool to help one get through difficult times. It comes with a CD of meditations, but I was disappointed that only six meditations were included on the CD.

I do question an area on the CD that asks one to remember, visualize and re-experience a particularly painful experience. This practice can be dangerous for some people.
I also question whether it is ever good or beneficial to re-invite and re-experience pain and suffering unless one is guided by a professional. Some therapists think it is necessary for healing. I'm not one of them. Even if I was, I certainly wouldn't recommend listening to a CD as a safe place to practice it. If you feel that calling up a painful experience is somethng you need to do, call a therapist.

I think this little book could make a thoughtful gift to show someone you care. Just take care in who you give it to; not someone who has suffered a trauma.

This is mostly a gentle book that focuses on mindfulness.
Its impact on me was more like a flicker in the darkness.
Please heed a warning that you'd take with an open flame.
Use the CD with caution.
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