Jack Kornfield – Heart Wisdom – Ep. 188 – Ancient Buddhist Dharma Stories

Mindfully retelling ancient Buddhist Dharma stories, Jack reflects on what it means to live with a wise heart.

This Dharma Talk from 3/23/86 at Spirit Rock Meditation Center was originally published on DharmaSeed.org
“For someone who wants to break free inside of the forces of ignorance, delusion, habit, and sleepwalking—you must really see that there’s something greater than just getting through each day, and devote yourself in some fashion to it.” – Jack Kornfield
In this episode, Jack opens us to:
  • Modern retellings of ancient Buddhist Dharma stories
  • The courage and mystery of the heart
  • The law of karma and the power of intention
  • The compelling nature of spiritual practice
  • Buddha’s past life as a lion living on an island with an elephant friend
  • Discovering what is love, and what is goodness in the heart
  • Learning to listen to where our actions comes from
“Find a place in yourself—in your being, your heart—that really wants to understand what life and death is about, that wants to live in a different way. Let that be the source of your inspiration, the source of your guidance.” – Jack Kornfield
Jack’s dear friend, Ram Dass, shares ancient Buddhist Dharma stories on karma and dharma, on Here and Now Ep. 170
About Jack Kornfield:
Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma, studying as. a monk under the Buddhist master Ven. Ajahn Chah, as well as the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with fellow meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein and the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. His books have been translated into 20 languages and sold more than a million copies.
Dive into Jack’s ongoing dharma offerings and transformational online courses on the new JackKornfield.com
Listen to more from Jack:
Tune into Ep. 109 of Heart Wisdom: This Too Shall Pass
Learn about Living with a Peaceful Heart in Ep. 91 of Heart Wisdom
Check out Ep. 90 of Heart Wisdom to learn about Healing Through Loving Awareness
Listen to more Stories That Open the Mind, Mend the Heart and Lead to Joy with Jack Kornfield in Ep.92 of Heart Wisdom
Tune into Ep. 102 of Heart Wisdom: The Wisdom of the One Who Knows
Check out Ep. 1 of Heart Wisdom to gain wisdom on Impermanence

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