“The basic principle of spiritual life is that our problems become the very place to discover wisdom and love.”
Jack Kornfield (1945- )
A Dartmouth graduate, Kornfield joined the Peace Corps in 1967 and was posted to Thailand where he met Achaan Chah and Mahasi Sayadaw, monks who introduced him to Theravada Buddhist thinking and practice. Five years later he returned to the United States and co-founded the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and writes and teaches about meditation. His books After the Ecstasy, the Laundry and The Eightfold Path for the Householder focus on incorporating Buddhist practice into the western lifestyle. Many of his excellent audio recordings are available through the D.I.Y. Dharma and Urban Dharma websites. Kornfield currently resides in Woodacre, California, where he founded the Spirit Rock Meditation Center.