Jack Kornfield 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 introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. After Asian Studies at Dartmouth College he joined the Peace Corps and worked on tropical medicine teams in the Mekong River valley. He studied with Buddhist masters Ven. Ajahn Chah, and Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw. Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with colleagues Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein and then Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. Jack has taught in leading universities, convened International Buddhist Teacher meetings, and trained hundreds of teachers. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a father, husband, grandfather and activist.

His books have been translated into 22 languages and sold more than a million copies. They include, The The Wise Heart, A Path with Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; Teachings of the Buddha; Seeking the Heart of Wisdom; Living Dharma; A Still Forest Pool; The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace, Bringing Home the Dharma, and No Time Like the Present.

This profile was last updated on October 8, 2020

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ISCR 2018 Opening Keynote – Contemplative Practice Enters the Digital Age

Mind and Life Institute • November 8, 2018

2018 International Symposium for Contemplative Research Session

Keynote Panel “Contemplative Practice Enters the Digital Age”

Moderators: Zindel Segal
Panel: Acacia Parks, Jack Kornfield, Darnell Lamont Walker, Zindel Segal

Topics: Body-based Practices | Compassion & Empathy | Contemplative Wisdom | Education | Interconnection | Mindfulness | Social Change

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