Book Review: The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology (Jack Kornfield)

Via on Oct 27, 2008

This latest offering from meditation teacher and psychologist Jack Kornfield presents an interesting unification of East and West in what seems to be becoming a new point of view in psychology.  Kornfield has been leading the way in a shift from the stereotypical Western approach of “there’s something wrong with you” to the more Eastern style of “there may be something wrong, but it’s fixable, and may not even need medication.”  Each chapter includes a discussion of and expansion on various principles of Buddhist psychology, ranging from “See the inner nobility and beauty of all human beings” to “Forgiveness is both necessary and possible.  It is never too late to find forgiveness and start again.” Each chapter also includes anecdotes demonstrating how thei principles can be put into practice in both every day life and in therapy, and each chapter concludes with a meditation practice for the reader as a means to put the principles into effect in one’s own daily life.  The book is written so that both licensed therapists and the every day person could read, understand, and implement the lessons in this book, making it more than just another self-help book and less than a textbook.  From Bantam Publishing and available at your local, independent bookseller.

About Todd Mayville

Todd is a single dad of four diverse and lively kids, and is an English teacher and climbing team coach at a local public high school. A rock climber, cyclist and avid reader, Todd also practices yoga and meditation as often as he possibly can, which helps him stay at least a little centered and sane.

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7 Responses to “Book Review: The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology (Jack Kornfield)”

  1. admin says:

    Marlise Meilan (Vancouver, BC) Today at 7:43pm
    This is my book right now and it’s a splendidly lucid read!

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  3. [...] deeply experienced and warm-hearted. With her partners-in-crime Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, she teaches mostly out of the Insight Meditation Centre in Barre, [...]

  4. candace says:

    Perlonaly, I think it's a very self expressionary, mindful, and very informative book. It's a great thing for any Buddhist to read!

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    I'm a Buddhist and I love this book. But this book is also great for non-buddhists.

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