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Dharmasri on the Sixteen Degrees of Comprehension by Leon Hurvitz. 7. Indrabhuti’s ‘Confession of Errors in the Fundamental. Teachings of the Vajrayana’. In this book (previously published under the title Living Buddhist Masters), Jack Kornfield presents the heart of Buddhist practice as taught by twelve highly. This reprint of Living Buddhist Masters is one of the most valuable books in print on Theravada Buddhist practice, bringing to the reader the.

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Kormfield with the elephant of one’s search, one does not follow the footprints backwards, and then retrace them again to the elephant. Are the child and the adult the same person? Each teacher emphasizes a specific aspect of the transmission of the Buddha, yet each is representative of the essence of the lineage.

Living Dharma: Teachings of Twelve Buddhist Masters by Jack Kornfield

Some of you have done so already. Chapter two is more specific, looking at these topics as they apply in the traditions of southeast Asian Buddhism i. Open Preview See a Problem? This is an important quality of mind to be developed in the spiritual path. Imagining how his coffee was cooling, his agitation grew to extremes.


Just be mindful of your own doings. We should be mindful of it throughout the day.

There is quiet for the other senses as well: This experience in itself is of enormous importance. How can we overcome lust in our practice?

What should I do when I feel anger arising? Once I had a disciple who stayed in a grass-roofed hut. Greed and mwsters are the same in an Eastern mind or a Western mind. He holds a Ph. This lifestyle is designed to develop the factors of enlightenment through careful attention to all daily activities.

With it he could comfortably sit up all night and meditate. It is not uncommon in Burma for someone to take their yearly vacation at a meditation center. If you do, you are being more ignorant than he.

Modern Buddhist Masters: (Living Buddhist Masters) – Jack Kornfield – Google Books

With this trans- mission, each new teacher in the lineage, as a new vessel, lends a special shape and color to the Dhamma, the clear wisdom within. These profound insights become clear simply from increasing mind- fulness, penetrating awareness of our own process.

Again, deciding which type of teacher feels right or best when you are selecting a place to practice is largely an intuitive process. One is instructed how to practice and is encouraged to do so. In the end all meditation systems must be let go of. Equally, we can say that wisdom is the natural state of the mind.


At one point I went to him and complained, noting that even he was inconsistent and seemed to be contradicting himself often in an unenlightened way.

Other teachers attempt to start directly watching the process, by focusing on changing sensa- tions, feelings, or thoughts. The Burmese teacher was kind to me and gave me one of the nicest meditation cottages right near his own.

Living Buddhist Masters

This evening was special for him not only for the ceremony and the inspiring Dhamma talk that followed, but also for the hot, sweet coffee that the villagers offered 9 Copyrighted material Jack Kornfield on these monthly holy days. The essence of all practice is to get beyond all clinging and selfish- ness. It is quite simple. When angry states of mind arise in meditation, balance them by developing loving kindness feel- ings. A Western monk relates this story: Outwardly they may appear different, even contradictory.

Because of the intensive nature of practice in such places, this is an important livving of the teaching.