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Part of what makes this book so accessible is Kornfield's use of everyday metaphors to describe the elusive lessons of spiritual transformation. For example, he opens with "the one seat" lesson taught to him by his esteemed teacher. Literally it means sitting in the center of a room and not being swayed or moved by all the people and dramas happening around you. On a spiritual level it means sticking "with one practice and teacher among all of the possibilities," writes Kornfield; "inwardly it means having the determination to stick with that practice through whatever difficulties and doubts arise until you have come to true clarity and understanding." The same could be said for this "one book." Among all the spiritual self-help books, this is a classic worth sticking with and returning to--a highly approachable teacher that can only lead to greater clarity and understanding. --Gail Hudson
If you're on a spiritual path, or even if you're just curious and open-minded, read this book.
This book is written in a clear flowing compassionate style that is easily accessible to all levels of seekers.
I found this book to be very helpful in approaching Buddhism generally and Buddhist meditation specifically.
This was one of the 1st books my "Buddhist Reading" group discussed. Many of my more experience peers loved it and are active in meditation practice; I probably need more... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Alunelu
The Executive Director of my organization recommended this thought-provoking, and it is very relevant to the situation in my life!Published 8 days ago by Adan Duarte Jr
If I were to only read five books on Buddhism this would be one of them. Kornfield ventured to Thailand at a young age and sought out meditation practice with vigor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amos Smith
I think any Western Buddhist would find this book extremely useful. Jack Kornfield is one of the major figures in the growth of Buddhism in the West. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M.E.Anderson
The best book if you want to start a meditation/spiritual practice. This book was a jewel in starting my meditation practice almost 20 years ago. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shawndra Delaney