Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield is a founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Center and one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He is a former Buddhist monk, a clinical psychologist, and a husband and father.

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Recent Articles

Jack Kornfield’s Instructions for Metta Meditation

Jack Kornfield on beginning this time-honored, heart-opening practice.

Meditation Is an Invitation to Well-Being

It’s so simple—sit down, pay attention, and open your heart to life—but it’s not so easy. Leading meditation teachers Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman answer your questions about mindfulness practice so you can accept its invitation to a more present and loving life.

Citizenship as Spiritual Practice

Right speech, right action, right livelihood, compassion—tending to society is part of the Buddha’s path of awakening.

Cómo hacer Metta

Jack Kornfield acerca del comenzar esta honrada práctica que abre el corazón.

Painting of the Buddha preacahing.

The Buddha is Still Teaching

The true Buddha isn’t limited to the body or mind of a particular person who lived long ago. He is present today, says Jack Kornfield, in teachers pointing the way to a timeless freedom.


How RAIN Can Nourish You

Jack Kornfield teaches us the transformative mindfulness practice known as "RAIN."

Cómo responder al Coronavirus como un Bodhisattva

El maestro budista Jack Kornfield habla acerca de lo que podemos hacer en este tiempo confuso y difícil.

The Bodhisattva Response to Coronavirus

Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield on what we can do in this confusing, tough time.

Let’s Just Call It Love

Jack Kornfield shares what he feels is the most helpful message Buddhism can offer in the coming decades.

Sandra Oh, Jack Kornfield, and Trudy Goodman on the Future of Buddhism

Leading Buddhist teachers Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman join actor Sandra Oh for a wide-ranging and intimate conversation about their lives, the future of Buddhism in America, and their happy relationship as beloveds.

Buddhism’s Call to Action

Jack Kornfield on the importance of contributing to activism with Buddhist practice and wisdom.

Don’t Wait to Be Happy!

A heartfelt message to us all, from Jack Kornfield.

Now Is the Time to Stand Up: Practicing the Dharma in Uncertain Times, Part 2

Three weeks after his initial response to the election, Jack Kornfield has issued a second, more action-oriented installment of guidance and encouragement.

Practicing the Dharma in Uncertain Times

Following the results of the US presidential election, Jack Kornfield shares how to practice the dharma in these uncertain times.

The Kornfield brothers: Twin brother Irv, Jack, Kenneth, Laurence.

Meet a Teacher: Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield gets personal with the Lion's Roar readership.

Buddhists Betray the Teachings: Jack Kornfield on the anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar

A religion known for nonviolence is being used to fuel a genocidal campaign against the Muslims of Burma.

Do Not Stand By

Jack Kornfield talks about the response of Western Buddhist leaders to the ethnic violence incited by Burmese monks and abbots.

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Discovering Our Nobility: A Psychology of Original Goodness

Prominent Buddhist teacher and psychologist Jack Kornfield proposes a new psychology, one based not on a model of sickness but on Buddhism’s belief in the inherent nobility, beauty, and freedom of human nature.

Doing the Buddha’s Practice

Mindfulness/awareness was the meditation the Buddha practiced and taught—it was his basic prescription for human suffering.

Jack Kornfield Spirit Rock Vipassana Therevada Buddhadharma Lion's Roar Buddhism

This Fantastic, Unfolding Experiment

Reflecting on the history of the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Jack Kornfield describes the challenges and tensions that have accompanied the movement to bring Buddhism to the West and the creative solutions that have emerged to meet them.

Clouds and sky.

Develop a Mind Like Sky

Meditation comes alive through a growing capacity to release our habitual conflicts and worries that make up our sense of self, and to rest in awareness.