The Inner Art of Meditation

  • by Jack Kornfield
  • Narrated by Jack Kornfield
  • 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

Now you can transform driving, shopping, or waiting in line into calming experiences of mindfulness. This unique audio course was carefully distilled from Jack Kornfield's most popular retreat, a 5-week workshop on mindful meditation. Kornfield shows listeners how to benefit from the 2,500-year-old system for becoming fully aware of how our actions in each moment create the fabric of our lives. He provides exercises and teachings for starting - and sticking with - a real meditation practice. Kornfield is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and the Spirit Rock Retreat Center.


What the Critics Say

"An effective, practical, and enlightening course by a sensitive guide with a great sense of humor." (Library Journal)


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This is the first audiobook that I have ordered as a Premium Listener and I regard it as an excellent one. It consists of five lessons given by Jack Kornfield to a group of people during a course of five weeks. It is very well structured and tailored to the beginner?s needs. It discusses various subjects:
? Why meditate
? How to focus on your breath
? How to focus on your body sensations
? How to deal with feelings
? How to deal with thoughts
? Loving kindness-walking-eating meditation
Highlights include:
? Jack Kornfield?s kindness and wisdom. You will soon be feeling that this teacher is talking directly to you.
? Simple and clear view of buddhist principles and psychology.
? Jack Kornfield deals with many misconceptions about meditation, the most important one to avoid being perfectionist and idealistic about it.
? Jack Kornfield explains clearly why meditation isn?t some mystical way to attain extraordinary powers but the art of being here now!
? This audiobook is full with humorous stories that help to convey the message in the most insightful and entertaining way.
It is really a great audiobook. I hope that will provide us with other Jack Kornfield?s books and my suggestion is ?After the enlightment the laundry?
? Offer yourself this audiobook, it?s an excellent gift.
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- Nikos

Save your time and money

This is truly the first audio book for which I anxiously waited for the end. It was that annoying! The author's "insight" consisted of little else other than having his audience "listen to yourself breathe." This is not a book, per-se, but a live recording of several talks the author gave to audiences. Consequently, he actually has them meditate five or six times throughout the eight-hour recording. Each meditation lasts 10-15 minutes. That means there is anywhere from 50 to 90 minutes of dead air on the recording! What a waste of time! (for an audio book) The author's voice only added to the discomfort. It is high-pitched, whiney, and he has an infuriating habit of sometimes pronoucing one syllable words as two (e.g. learn is ocassionally pronounced as: 'lear-ern' or see is pronounced 'see-ee') This man is certainly no public speaker. Opt instead for Eckard Tolle's "The Power of Now." It is far more insightful, far more interesting and far more meaningful. And Tolle's smooth voice--unlike that of Kornfield's--will not sound like fingernails being drawn across a chalkboard.
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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-17-1999
  • Publisher: Sounds True