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Jack Kornfield — How to Overcome Apathy and Find Beautiful Purpose

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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 introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with fellow meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein and the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. Over the years, Jack has taught worldwide, led international Buddhist teacher meetings, and worked with many of the great teachers of our time. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is a grandfather, husband, and activist. Some of his current projects include MMTCP, a worldwide mindfulness teacher training; Cloud Sangha, a site offering access to expert mindfulness teachers online; and a positive impact Wisdom Ventures fund.

His books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies. They include The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology; A Path with Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; Teachings of the Buddha; The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace; Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are; and his most recent book, No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are.

Please enjoy!

00:00 Start 🙊
00:03:12 Apathy and polarization
00:04:43 Truth beneath anger
00:19:17 Ajahn Chah and contractor-ese
00:23:18 Retuning the tone of rage
00:29:13 Coping with trauma-induced hypervigilance
00:37:43 Making group therapeutic models work
00:44:11 In any effort to make the world better, put on your oxygen mask first
00:50:39 How can an aspiring Bodhisattva cut through widespread disengagement and apathy?
01:01:46 Thich Nhat Hanh and death
01:13:35 Out-of-body experiences
01:18:27 “A Brief for the Defense”
01:23:12 A guided meditation for recapturing the adventure and joy of childhood
01:38:58 The benefits of loving-kindness meditation
01:48:10 “Last year, foolish monk. This year, no change.”

About Tim Ferriss:
Tim Ferriss is one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People” and an early-stage tech investor/advisor in Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, Duolingo, Alibaba, and 50+ other companies. He is also the author of five #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef, Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors. The Observer and other media have named him “the Oprah of audio” due to the influence of his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, which has exceeded 700 million downloads and been selected for “Best of Apple Podcasts” three years running.

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