Jack Kornfield – Heart Wisdom – Ep. 217 – The Way Buddha Answered Questions

In this unique exploration of Dharma, Jack shares how we can transform our daily lives by looking into how the Buddha answered questions.

This Dharma Talk from October 1983 at Insight Meditation Society was originally published on DharmaSeed.

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“This talk on the way the Buddha answered questions is not to give you another talk on Buddhist history, but to connect us with the ancient timeless endeavor of practice, of awakening, and the ways human beings over many centuries have worked with the development of their understanding.” – Jack Kornfield

In this illuminating episode, Jack highlights:
  • How the way Buddha answered questions is relevant to living in our modern times
  • Buddha’s ancient sutras, talks, and Q&As, and how those teachings have touched the world
  • Buddha’s vision of mind and ability to understand the psyche, how it gets entangled, and how we can become free
  • The “one taste” of Dharma and our capacity for inner-freedom
  • Illuminating the reality of non-self
  • How the teachings of the Dharma turn the mind back to one’s own personal experience
  • The radical way of seeing the world through a lens that is not, “I, me, mine.”
  • How to live fully whether we have one life or many lives to live
  • Buddha’s view of the “world on fire” and how to work with this in our daily lives
  • How to work with contradictions along the spiritual path
  • Continuity and carrying our practice and presence into the day in an enjoyable way

“The essence of Dharma is how we love moment to moment.” – Jack Kornfield

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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