Episode 26: Burma & Bodhisattva Vows with Jack Kornfield

Hosted By: Mag Dimond

November 30, 2021

To listen to Jack Kornfield is to be brought close to his heart and exquisite mind. Come hear him speak about his love for Burma. Listen to his thoughts on renunciation and the spiritual effects of the pandemic. 

Since 1974, Jack has taught meditation internationally. He trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma. Over the years, Jack taught in centers and universities worldwide and worked with many of the great teachers of our time. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is a father, husband, and grandfather. He’s the author of several books which have been translated into over 20 languages and sold more than a million copies. 


What You Hear/Learn/Discover

[3:02] Jack shares his Bodhisattva vow and explains how vows can recenter you when you lose track of your deepest intentions.

[08:37] Jack talks about his love for Burma and what he learned in the monasteries there. 

[13:01] Mag and Jack discuss why people should still travel to Burma and other oppressed places to “bear witness.”

[15:55] Mag and Jack expand on their mutual love of elephants.  

[21:02] Jack explains that food, music, and art can be expressions of love and part of your Buddhist practice as long as you practice non-attachment. 

[25:48]  Jack shares how the pandemic affected his spiritual practice. 

[31:57] Mag and Jack discuss how the pandemic deepened their appreciation of life and refocused their intentions. 

[34:37] Jack tells us how becoming a grandfather changed his life. 

[37:30] Mag talks about the wonder and innocence of little children.



When we quiet ourselves, one of the most beautiful things we can do is be present in a moment, … take a breath, and ask, ‘What’s my best intention?’ And often, it will change our tone of voice or shift our perspective.”

“It’s great to have mindfulness and practice compassion for yourself because the goal is not to perfect yourself. That’s foolish. If anything, the goal is to perfect your love… [for] yourself.”


Connect with Jack Kornfield

Website: https://jackkornfield.com/

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Jack’s podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/heart-wisdom-with-jack-kornfield/id923017416


You can download the transcript here.




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