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A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life Paperback – June 1, 1993
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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
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A Path with Heart is pretty much my favorite book on spirituality. It contains both useful practical advice on living a spiritual life and amazing esoteric descriptions of super-normal states. Numerous pages contain "gems" that speak directly to my personal struggles and experiences. And Kornfield has a great sense of humor with deep compassion.
One of the things that attracts me to Buddhism is its relative lack of superstition and dogmatism. The essential teaching is practical, down-to-earth, and perfectly acceptable to a scientifically minded person. Still, many Buddhists believe in reincarnation, and Kornfield describes some pretty far out experiences involving, for example, reincarnation, angelic beings, and psychic powers.
Kornfield is a wonderful writer, and I hear that he is such a good teacher that one has to enter a lottery to get the chance to go to one of his retreats. He seems to be a charismatic, highly advanced being (though, who am I to judge?). But he would be the first to warn against starry-eyed adulation of him. An oft-repeated theme throughout the book -- and the topic of one whole chapter -- was the need to beware of unhealthy, exploitative relationships with teachers. Every spiritual seeker has one or more fallings-out with a teacher, he says. These fallings-out can be painful and damaging, but we must learn to learn from such events.Read more ›
It's a must for anyone seeking guidance for a spiritual journey or inspiration to begin one. A Path With Heart speaks to the heart, the mind, the body and the soul. It is accessible, it is not religious, it is not heavy duty philosophy. Read it.
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I love this book, and I remembered that I read it in 1996; however, it is a book to live with, study, and ptactice. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Lorna A.
Excellent as always Jack Kornfield is dimensional in thought and experience. A Path With a Heart provides food for thought in world quickly falling apart.Published 16 days ago by Caveat Emptor
If you're familiar with Jack Kornfield's work, perhaps you'll find this a great manual for developing a meditative practice. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Yours Truly
It's a book that I will keep forever. I'm reading it slowly and am not finished yet, but I can tell that I will start it over as soon as I'm done. Read morePublished 1 month ago by randi kander
Detailed book that is great to read on my days off. Jack speaks in a clear language which is easy to follow and if you listen to his talks at all then you will really be able to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniel M.