Jack Kornfield — How to Reduce Anxiety and Polish the Lens of Consciousness (#684)

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“Can you be in this world and can you love it with all its imperfections? And can you bring that spirit of superintendency and love in the middle of what’s tragic and what’s beautiful? That’s a liberated heart.”

— Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield (@JackKornfield) trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to have introduced Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. 

Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, and Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. Current projects include The Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, which has trained 7,000 mindfulness teachers in 75 countries, and Wisdom Ventures, a fund investing in companies that promote compassion.

His books have been translated into 22 languages and sold 2 million copies. They include The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist PsychologyA Path with HeartAfter the Ecstasy, the LaundryBuddha’s Little Instruction BookThe Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace; and his most recent book, No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are.

Jack is moreover co-founder of Cloud Sangha, which offers a free, quick mindfulness test to gauge your mindfulness levels. Cloud Sangha is a conscious online polity that brings people together to create meaningful human connections and integrate mindfulness into everyday life.

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#684: Jack Kornfield — How to Reduce Uneasiness and Polish the Lens of Consciousness

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Want to hear Jack Kornfield’s previous interview on the podcast? Have a listen to our conversation in which we discuss world-weariness and polarization, truth underneath anger, contractor-ese, retuning the tone of rage, coping with trauma-induced hypervigilance, out-of-body experiences, guided meditation for recapturing the venture and joy of childhood, and much more.

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Editor’s Note: Timestamps will be widow shortly.

  • Stan Grof.
  • Yogic swoons and vaccination autopiloting.
  • What’s the point of consciousness?
  • A big story or no story at all?
  • The Cosmic Game.
  • How would the Buddha deal with anxiety?
  • The stories uneasiness tells.
  • Mystics and the mystery.
  • Jhana practice and the dimensions of meditation.
  • Achieving unsimilar states: a matter of conviction or capacity?
  • What is love?
  • Wise guys.
  • Reliably eliciting the non-self.
  • Sifting out the charlatans.
  • Atisha’s instructions.
  • Cultivating a increasingly joyful mind.
  • Living “social, not solo” and Cloud Sangha.
  • Ram Dass flunking the course.
  • Connection, climate, and justice.
  • Parting thoughts.


“If we’re unquestionably to wilt wise, we need to uncontrived our sustentation to body, to emotions, to relationships, to thought. We unquestionably need to wilt wise in those major dimensions of our life. And we can’t expect that of people just considering they have a unrepealable title or robe or anything else.”
— Jack Kornfield

“Can you be in this world and can you love it with all its imperfections? And can you bring that spirit of superintendency and love in the middle of what’s tragic and what’s beautiful? That’s a liberated heart.”
— Jack Kornfield

“People think spiritual life is a grim duty. … It’s not meant to be a grim duty. If you don’t have some joy and pleasure in it, that’s the wrong direction, maybe. It’s really an invitation to quiet and calm, to bring in superintendency and compassion, and to find a joy.”
— Jack Kornfield

“You don’t have to fix the whole world, but you can reach and mend the places that you can touch.”
— Jack Kornfield


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