Sounds True's Awakening a Joyful Heart with Meditation
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Jack Kornfield on How Mindfulness, Love, and Compassion Can Change Your Life
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand what it takes to awaken your heart and allow joy to enter your life.
  • Use a variety of meditative practices to change the way you think about yourself and the world.
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  • All you need to take this course is an open mind and heart, as well as some time to practice the meditations that are presented.

This course, which is taught by Jack Kornfield, a renowned Buddhist teacher and author, dives deep into Buddhist psychology so you can attain a true sense of peace and joy in your life.

Modern neuroscience has already demonstrated the immense benefits that you can derive from a consistent meditation practice.

This course will show you how to use the Buddha’s meditations to awaken a loving, joyful, and compassionate heart.

Jack Kornfield combines the best of Buddhist psychology with scientific and practical information, stories, exercises, and teachings to show you how you can keep your heart open, particularly during difficult times.

Awaken Your Heart with Buddhist Meditative Practices

  • Learn Various Buddhist Practices to Awaken the Heart and Mind
  • Shift from Negative Thoughts to Joy and Compassion
  • Understand the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Benefits of Meditation

Create a Balanced, Compassionate, and Joyful Life Using Buddha’s Teachings

The lessons in this course are designed to bring ancient Buddhist teachings into the modern world.

You’ll learn practices and techniques that will help you befriend and forgive yourself, as well as others, so you can become more compassionate.

Jack Kornfield will also show you how to invoke healing and the art of transforming so you can remove sorrows from your life and awaken to courage and joy.

As you explore and implement these teachings, you’ll experience the clinical and personal benefits of a steady meditation practice that has been helping people for centuries.

Contents and Overview

This course contains a total of 3 sessions.

In the first session, you’ll explore common problems faced by all people, such as self-hate and judgment of others, so you can begin to transform suffering into joy.

You’ll learn how a trained mind can heal you, and how the Buddhist model of awakening can replace fear, anxiety, and aggression.

After tackling the essentials of healthy living, you’ll master a loving-kindness meditation to facilitate healing on an emotional and physical level.

In session 2, you’ll dive into lessons on how to be more present in every moment, and the importance of respecting yourself and others.

To put what you’re learning into practice, you’ll move through a guided practice involving breathing with a partner. This powerful, transformative technique can be done on your own as well, and it will help you operate in a state of presence as you begin to train your mind.

Session 3 presents the Brahmaviharas, which are the Buddhist virtues of compassion, equanimity, joy, and loving-kindness.

Jack then shares how he was able to work with individuals who had experienced serious emotional, physical, mental, and sexual trauma. By following his example, you'll shift into a positive state of being while expanding your tolerance for others.

By the time you complete this course, you’ll have a thorough understanding of what you can do to transform your mind, heart, and life, and you’ll begin to feel increasingly positive the more you practice what you learn.

After experiencing a variety of meditative Buddhist practices, you’ll be able to nurture your spiritual growth and move into a more compassionate and loving state of being.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is interested in learning more about Buddhist teachings and philosophy, and anyone who wants to shift from a negative state of mind to a positive one.
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
The Mystery of Incarnation—Life and Death
5 Lectures 01:15:21

The Importance of Listening


Pratice Lovingkindness

Guided Practice: Lovingkindness Meditation
Loving Awareness—The Power of Love and Presence
4 Lectures 55:26
The Wedding of Love and Presence

Instructions for Breathing Practice with a Partner

Guided Breathing Practice with a Partner

Session Summary
Awakening the Heart of Compassion
5 Lectures 53:17
Vulnerability and Compassion

Burnout and Codependence

Guided Compassion Meditation

Bonus Lecture

Bonus Lecture
About the Instructor
Sounds True
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Publisher of book, audio, and video titles in the fields of self-development, personal growth, and spirituality

Sounds True was founded in 1985 by Tami Simon with a clear mission: to disseminate spiritual wisdom. Since starting out as a project with one woman and her tape recorder, we have grown into a multimedia publishing company with more than 80 employees, a library of more than 600 titles featuring some of the leading teachers and visionaries of our time, and an ever-expanding family of customers from across the world. In more than two decades of growth, change, and evolution, Sounds True has maintained its focus on its overriding purpose, as summed up in our Vision Statement:

Sounds True exists to inspire, support, and serve personal transformation and spiritual awakening.

Sounds True is an independent multimedia publishing company that embraces the world's major spiritual traditions, as well as the arts and humanities, embodied by the leading authors, teachers, and visionary artists of our time. Our approach to publishing is not dependent on a single format or technology—rather, we strive with every title to preserve the essential "living wisdom" of the author, artist, or spiritual teacher. It is our goal to create products that not only provide information to a reader or listener, but that also embody the essential quality of a wisdom transmission between a teacher and a student.

Throughout the years, Sounds True has developed a guiding philosophy that we call "multiple bottom lines." Our dedication to this principle is embodied in our Mission Statement:

The mission of Sounds True is to find teachers and artists who serve as a gateway to spiritual awakening and to produce, publish, and distribute their work with beauty, intelligence, and integrity. We treat our authors, vendors, and partners in the same way we would want to be treated. We work flexibly and efficiently together to create a cooperative, loving environment that honors respectful authenticity and individual growth. We maintain a healthy level of profitability so that we are an independent and sustainable employee-owned organization.

The three essential bottom lines for Sounds True are the integrity of our purpose, the well-being of our people, and the maintaining of healthy profits. All three of these priorities are important in the decisions we make as a company. It is our conviction that each of these bottom lines must be healthy for the company to prosper as a whole.

In our history as a publisher, Sounds True has produced a wide variety of formats in order to fulfill our goal of disseminating spiritual wisdom.

Jack Kornfield
4.7 Average rating
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Buddhist teacher and author

Jack Kornfield, PhD, trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught worldwide since 1974. He is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. He has written more than a dozen books including The Wise Heart; A Path With Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; and more.