After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path

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Bantam Books, 2001 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 336 pages
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“Enlightenment does exist,” internationally renowned author and meditation master Jack Kornfield assures us. “Unbounded freedom and joy, oneness with the divine ... these experiences are more common than you know, and not far away.”

But even after achieving such realization — after the ecstasy — we are faced with the day-to-day task of translating that freedom into our imperfect lives. We are faced with the laundry.

Drawing on the experiences and insights of leaders and practitioners within the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Sufi traditions, this book offers a uniquely intimate and honest understanding of how the modern spiritual journey unfolds — and how we can prepare our hearts for awakening.

Through moving personal stories and traditional tales, we learn how the enlightened heart navigates the real world of family relationships, emotional pain, earning a living, sickness, loss, and death.

Filled with “the laughter of the wise,” alive with compassion,After the Ecstasy, the Laundryis a gift to anyone who is seeking peace, wholeness, and inner happiness. It is sure to take its place next toA Path with Heartas a spiritual classic for our time.

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Review: After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path

User Review  - Steve Woods - Goodreads

This is a great book. Kornfield has written quite a lot and it's all quality. This book will mean most to those who have been on "the path" for a while; who have struggled with the sense of confusion ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sandy - Goodreads

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About the author (2001)

Jack Kornfield was trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught around the world since 1974. He also holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and of the Spirit Rock Center. He lives in northern California with his wife and daughter. His previous books include A Path with Heart, Seeking the Heart of Wisdom (with Joseph Goldstein), and Teachings of the Buddha.

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