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After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the…

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual… (2000)

by Jack Kornfield

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Penetrating beautiful teachings ( )
  jenniebooks | Feb 16, 2016 |
I was hoping for something a little more practical; this was inspiring, but for every "oh, you don't have to travel to India to be enlightened," there were five stories about people traveling to India to be enlightened. ( )
1 vote jen.e.moore | Dec 14, 2014 |
Live in the moment. Don't expect perfection.
Years after reading this, all I need to do is think of the title to feel more hopeful about my life, calmer and accepting. For a few years I had selected quotes from it hanging on my kitchen wall. ( )
  juniperSun | Dec 6, 2014 |
The title alone is worth the price of this book. Kornfield's Buddhism is rooted in the Theravada tradition of Southeast Asia where he lived as a monk in monasteries during a lengthy spiritual training period. On his return to the US, he became one of the great teachers of Buddhism in the West. Kornfield tackles the problem of living a spiritual life in the modern world where work, family and life pressures often take precedence. The "ecstasy" is the deep spiritual life that his students desire. The "laundry" represents the mundane demands of daily living. How can the sacred and the profane be reconciled for those of us unable to drop everything to pursue a spiritual life?

As always, Kornfield provides readers with compelling teachings about experiencing life in the present, living with compassion, and developing a satisfying spiritual life. I found the book compelling and reread it several times. Do not look for Buddhist doctrine here. This is more like a practical manual than a religious tract. ( )
  etsmith | Oct 26, 2011 |
A remarkable book, the fruit of many interviews and conversations with a host of spritual teachers and advanced practitioners, Buddhist and non-Buddhist. Jack Kornfield uses these encounters to draw lessons about the reality of living a dedicated spiritual life. He includes an honest and balanced discussion of instances of bad behaviour by teachers - the 'dirty laundry'.
  JamesBlake | May 24, 2010 |
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Dans le domaine de la spiritualité, tous les récits, tous les enseignements, semblent avoir la même fin: l'éveil.Or, passé ce rare moment de plénitude, la vie reprend son cours, avec ses obligations et ses désagréments. Comme le résume avec humour Jack Kornfield: "Après l'extase, il y a la lessive".Intrigué par ce versant jamais évoqué de la vie spirituelle, qui pourtant en éclaire la finalité, ce dernier a enquêté auprès de maîtres zen, de lamas, de rabbins, d'abbés ou de nonnes, qui, chacun à leur manière, tire de leur expérience un message primordial: il n'existe pas de parcours idéal mais pour être authentique et bénéfique, la vie spirituelle doit se réaliser ici et maintenant.
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Jack Kornfield, one of America's most beloved teachers of meditation, assures us that enlightenment does occur on the spiritual path but warns that it is not the end of the road. Bringing his thoughts to a personal level, Kornfield looks up many of the notable spiritual teachers of our times (Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Sufi, etc.) and presents extended quotations of their trials and epiphanies. These anecdotes are woven together with fables and ruminations from Kornfield's own decades-long experience as a practitioner and teacher, creating an image of the spiritual life as challenging, multidimensional, rewarding, and, yes, mundane. In the old days in China, Zen monks were encouraged to travel for instruction under a variety of masters. Here, Kornfield introduces us to today's masters, but off their podiums, as equals. Genuine experiences of awakening, despair, fault, serious transgression, and simple childlike joy all appear as bridges on the way to the divine. After the Ecstasy, the Laundry is not just another inspirational bestseller, it is a lasting record of concrete insights forged from the fires of dedicated practice. --Brian Bruya

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