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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.
As a woman who has embarked on my own personal journey at mid life, this book couldn't have come at a better time. Read morePublished 8 days ago by MJ
Down to earth book on Buddhism. Jack Kornfield is a prolific writer, storyteller and genuine human being on the path. Enjoyed it immensely. Will buy other books by him. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Yoga Jan
Nice, easy to read step into Buddhism. Very well thought out meditations. Mr. Kornfield is a true Darma teacher, with some excellent stories of his travels.Published 1 month ago by Terry O.
he likes it, but finds the print very small. since it's a book with a lot of content, i guess that's to be expected in a paperback copy.Published 1 month ago by William J. Price
Jack Kornfield's teachings are so heart felt and beautifully written.Published 2 months ago by Julianne Rogers
Well written and really helpful for the daily meditation practice initiation.Published 2 months ago by Vitor Almeida Souza
I read this book in 2000 while going through some pretty tough times. Jack Kornfield brilliantly delivers a new perspective on life, love, and loss through his own path. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hope
I'm not sure Kornfield is one of the very best but he seems that way to me. He and Karen Maezen Miller have helped me weave my version of American Buddhist practice into my life... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bill