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If you want to find inner peace and wisdom, you don't need to move to an ashram or monastery. Your life, just as it is, is the perfect place to be. Jack Kornfield, one of America's most respected Buddhist teachers, shares this and other key lessons gleaned from more than 40 years of committed study and practice. Topics include:

  • How to cultivate loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity
  • Conscious parenting
  • Spirituality and sexuality
  • The way of forgiveness
  • Committing ourselves to healing the suffering in the world

Bringing Home the Dharma includes simple meditation practices for awakening our buddha nature - our wise and understanding heart - amid the ups and downs of our ordinary daily lives.

©2011 Jack Kornfield (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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I really enjoy my nights listening to his view on the teaching of the Darma, and relaxing it to ways to use it in our lives now. plus how using not just one form or view but all the views of the buddhist studies allow different way of expression to practice using wisdom in meditation for your and others highlighted good in life

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  • Roger
  • 18-05-2017

Not Read by Jack Kornfield

I love Jack Kornfield. I have read a number of his books and have recommended "A Path With Heart" to more people than I can remember. That said, I cannot recommend this book for several reasons. First, only the introduction is read by Jack Kornfield. In spiritual books, it is so important to have the right voice, otherwise, it can come across as preachy, condescending or phony. If this had been read by Jack, I might have liked it, but this was painful to listen to. He also quotes the concept known as RAIN, which was coined by Tara Brach, without giving her credit. If you are looking for a good book by Jack, stick with "A Path With Heart" or "After the Ecstasy, The Laundry". There's nothing new here and not worth the time to listen.

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  • Louise
  • 12-07-2015

Excellent

filled with reverence and love. thank you Jack for these teachings I really enjoyed this book

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  • Tamara
  • 06-06-2015

Perfection. Sheer audible/literary Perfection.

The content of this book will change the life of anyone who really hears it, who truly "reads" it.
The content of this book is only matched with the glorious sound of its main narrator: Edoardo Ballerini. Undoubtedly the most profound book I've ever come across, & certainly the most influential, 2nd only to the Holy Bible, from which I believe. However, the Dharma, as you'll learn, can be lived, & breathed, & practiced in all of us, through all of us. Upon completing this work, I immediately began listening to it again.
Simply beautiful. What are you holding on to?

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  • mikesparky
  • 19-03-2018

Great book, narrator induces nerd rage

What did you love best about Bringing Home the Dharma?

The content is great!

What three words best describe Jack Kornfield and Edoardo Ballerini ’s voice?

The narrator has a great voice and is very pleasant to listen to. That being said, something was off for me and I found it difficult to concentrate on the material at times. I realized the narrator, while sounding great, was not reading as if he was processing the material. He uses the same ebb and flow of intonation for everything he reads. The result (for me at any rate) is that it's pretty difficult to listen to and a little hypnotic. I can easily imagine the narrator reading the following sentences with the same inflection: "I noticed a beautiful rainbow and it made happy". vs "I noticed my dog fluffykins was dead and it made me sad." To top it off he is also using an aggressively soothing voice. I'm assuming to remind us that this is a book more or less about meditation. But I just keep thinking, "ok ok I get it, WE'RE CALM HERE". While I would have read this book quickly, with these two peeves in play I have to take breaks or suffer from nerd rage. In summary, I probably just have issues, but great content.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-06-2015

Practice is the Key!

Bring home the Dharma and share it with the world. Thanks for another beautiful teaching.

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  • Evidence
  • 26-03-2015

I don't know what to say.

So professional. Extremely relevant.

The insight on adult and children's perspectives is worth the price of admission, alone.

The detailed accounts of the spiritual retreats is also helpful for mediating on purpose beyond observing awareness.

You are gonna get tools for myriad of psychological constructs.

If you are considering picking this up. Do it. What's fifteen dollars, anyways?

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  • Leah C. Chevalier
  • 29-05-2016

amazing

Beautiful insightful book, no matter your spiritual path. I will definitely relisten to this book.

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  • Stanley
  • 11-02-2015

Learn about 2,500 years of collected Wisdom

History and Tradition of the various paths towards Enlightenment/Nirvana. The author's specialty is teaching to Americans without the religion parts Buddhism.

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  • Mystery Fan
  • 30-03-2017

Mindfulness 101

This should have been a pamphlet with two appendices re specific meditations at the end.

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  • NebSoilDoc
  • 16-02-2017

Do something and sit there!

Other reviews explain that this a compilation of previous essays. A fact I missed if it was in the introduction. That explains a lot about the 'flow' the book. Putting that aside the book gives a mixture of biography and analysis with some hints about practice. I liked the narrator's voice, it was calming and soothing. It made me realize that there was a wealth of variety in Buddhist practice and described the goals of Buddhist practice.

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  • M. D. Wilson
  • 08-02-2016

my favourite of all books

it's a book for life.. I return to it Timè and time again.
a wealth of wisdom and insight.A wonderful comforting reader in Eduardo Ballarini.

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  • Parker
  • 12-11-2019

struggled

I just really struggled with this book. I can't comment too much on the content as I'm a newbie to the topic of the book. maybe I should've started with a different book

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  • slipperychimp
  • 23-05-2019

Worth it

I enjoyed the balance between emphasising actual practice, and the discussion of such things as the stages of meditation. The book includes 3 chapters at the end describing how to undertake 3 different forms of meditation (only a few minutes each) which was great. I did feel like there is an over-emphasis on mindfulness meditation and case studies though, I would have liked to see (well, heard) more discussion on the Eightfold Path and in particular 'right livelihood'; since it seems such a significant part of how to actually start implementing the Dharma. Whereas there is a fair bit of time dedicated to 'sexual misconduct' and research Kornfield has undertaken regarding physical relationships between Dharma instructors and their students. This was albeit quite interesting, but I thought a bit outside the scope of the works and wasn't very relevant to me personally. That's why I've rated it 4* overall + story, that said.... it's still 100 times better than The Power of Now by Tolle.

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  • MS Judy A Reeves
  • 05-09-2018

Inspirational book.

A truly wonderful book, full of wisdom. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to open their mind and heart.

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  • SJRod
  • 02-12-2017

A real favorite

A new addition to the favorites section within my audible library. Taking apart, explaining and the rebuilding each aspect of the Dharma in real life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-2017

Inspired,moved and touched

As a first time reader on this topic I must say what a great book pointing out the simplicity of life when a certain approach is taken.I love the power of forgiveness and the act of living in the present time,pushes you to open up your inner perspective regarding the planet and all living things .....

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  • Chris
  • 25-10-2016

Open minded

Very wise & open minded. Bringing light to subjects that need addressing, sex, drugs (psychedelics) etc.

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  • Gary
  • 19-04-2020

Bringing Home the Dharma

While the content is in literal terms wonderful the narration totally undermines the book. It i unfortunate that either Kornfield or some one able to communicate with his level of sensibility was unable to narrate this book.

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  • Danielle van Zyl
  • 24-02-2020

A bit haughty

But that's why people like this author did what he did, right? To feel superior and discourage others from trying. Well, if that is your goal, this book is for you.

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  • Ash
  • 06-11-2019

A must read for today...

Jack Kornfield has a way with words, he so clearly helps you to see the way, in a non judgemental or over critical way. It’s important to know that as a westerner you can live the dharma without having to shave off all your hair and go live in a monastery. I have found all his books I’ve read so far to be profoundly insightful and a very helpful modern day guide. So grateful to have found this information.

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