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Jack Kornfield's Dharma Talks
Jack Kornfield
Over the years of teaching, I've found a growing need for profound lovingkindness and compassion--a transformation of the heart--to underlie the insights and understandings that come out of the practice. An opening of the mind needs to be supported by compassion from the heart if the practice is to be integrated, fulfilled, and lived in our lives.
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2021-08-23 Loving Witness Meditation | Monday Night 27:51
Notice as you feel the breath, that who you are is not this breath, or this body, but you are loving awareness, the loving witness. You are consciousness itself—open, spacious, letting the breath breathe itself. Experiences can rise and fall in a field of loving awareness. Notice how emotions, feelings and thoughts rise and fall like the waves of the ocean; you are the loving witness to them all.
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2021-08-23 Loving Witness | Monday Night Talk 45:31
In any moment you can become the loving witness—it’s why we sit in meditation. We learn to sit with both heartbreak and love—with whatever arises. We become the loving witness of it all. What channel do you turn to amidst the joy and sorrows? With mindful loving awareness we can see it all anew. When we see with amazement, with loving awareness, we also see with the heart. As Mary Oliver writes: “And therefore I look upon everything as a brotherhood and a sisterhood…. and I think of each life as a flower, as common as a field daisy, and as singular…. and each body a lion of courage, and something precious to the earth. When it’s over, I want to say all my life I was a bride married to amazement….”
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2021-07-19 Meditation: Listening with the Heart | Monday Night 23:59
Direct mindful loving awareness to the mind. The mind secretes thoughts, stories and memories. You are the loving awareness that feels the stream of the mind, that knows it—all the busyness, hopes, and ideas. Listen now to the wisdom mind. It has a message for you. It has wisdom that you need just now. Now let the field of loving awareness open, so the heart knows you can listen to the world around you with tender care. By listening with a compassionate heart and a wisdom mind, your understanding can grow.
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2021-07-19 Listening with the Heart | Monday Night Talk 50:31
We are each other's bond. We are each other's community. We are each other's family. What we most want, perhaps, is to be listened to in the deepest way, to be met with the heart. When we learn to rest in awareness, there’s both caring and silence. There is listening for what’s the next thing to do and awareness of all that’s happening, a big space and a connected feeling of love. When there is enough space, our whole being can both comprehend the situation and be at ease. We see the dance of life, we dance beautifully, yet we’re not caught in it.
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2021-06-14 Summer Solstice | Monday Night Talk 55:50
Here we are in the change of seasons—the great turning. The sun is something for us to pay attention to, something we often take for granted. Notice the way the gift of sunlight streams behind everything—it feeds the plants we eat. We can be grateful for sunlight and trees, for people we love, for moments of goodness, and for the breath within our breast. And as our gratitude grows, we may discover a happiness without cause.
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2021-06-14 Q and A: Summer Solstice | Monday Night talk 21:30
Q and A from Monday Night Dharma Talk, Summer Solstice 06-14-2021
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2021-06-14 Meditation: Summer Solstice | Monday Night 26:41
May you be at ease. May you be well. May you be healed. May you be happy. As you offer this lovingkindness to yourself, image you can fill yourself with the light of your loving awareness.
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2021-05-24 The Compassionate Heart | Monday Night Dharma Talk 54:38
With mindfulness we can open to the mystery of our human incarnation—to gaze with an open heart at the unbearable beauty and the ocean of tears that make up life.
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2021-05-24 Meditation: The Compassionate Heart | Monday Night 28:43
Picture someone you care about, someone you love. Feel the natural well-wishing of love. Surround them with care: "May you be held in compassion. May your struggles and sorrows be eased. May your heart be at peace." Now imagine that this person wishes the same for you.
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2021-05-24 Q and A: The Compassionate Heart | Monday Night talk 14:48
Q and A from 05-24-2021 Monday Night
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