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You hold in your hand an invitation: To remember the transforming power of forgiveness and lovingkindness. To remember that no matter where you are and what you face, within your heart peace is possible. In this beautiful and graceful little book, internationally renowned Buddhist teacher and meditation master Jack Kornfield has collected age-old teachings, modern stories, a You hold in your hand an invitation: To remember the transforming power of forgiveness and lovingkindness. To remember that no matter where you are and what you face, within your heart peace is possible. In this beautiful and graceful little book, internationally renowned Buddhist teacher and meditation master Jack Kornfield has collected age-old teachings, modern stories, and time-honored practices for bringing healing, peace, and compassion into our daily lives. Just to read these pages offers calm and comfort. The practices contained here offer meditations for you to discover a new way to meet life’s greatest challenges with acceptance, joy, and hope.


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You hold in your hand an invitation: To remember the transforming power of forgiveness and lovingkindness. To remember that no matter where you are and what you face, within your heart peace is possible. In this beautiful and graceful little book, internationally renowned Buddhist teacher and meditation master Jack Kornfield has collected age-old teachings, modern stories, a You hold in your hand an invitation: To remember the transforming power of forgiveness and lovingkindness. To remember that no matter where you are and what you face, within your heart peace is possible. In this beautiful and graceful little book, internationally renowned Buddhist teacher and meditation master Jack Kornfield has collected age-old teachings, modern stories, and time-honored practices for bringing healing, peace, and compassion into our daily lives. Just to read these pages offers calm and comfort. The practices contained here offer meditations for you to discover a new way to meet life’s greatest challenges with acceptance, joy, and hope.

30 review for The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bobby Joyner

    The words such as forgiveness, lovingkindness and peace have alway represented abstract ideas and thoughts, something to be understood by the intellect rather than a viable experience. Kornfield however provides a more integrated wisdom that allows moving such concepts from the head to the heart. A potentially life changing approach with a deeper understanding of why I suffer, and how to gently let go, and later the realization of the true nature of things. What a beautiful piece by such an insp The words such as forgiveness, lovingkindness and peace have alway represented abstract ideas and thoughts, something to be understood by the intellect rather than a viable experience. Kornfield however provides a more integrated wisdom that allows moving such concepts from the head to the heart. A potentially life changing approach with a deeper understanding of why I suffer, and how to gently let go, and later the realization of the true nature of things. What a beautiful piece by such an inspired author! Bobby Joyner

  2. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    My favorite quote from this book is "Forgiveness is realizing that you cannot change the past". The book consists of passages and quotes from different people. It's great to keep on hand for those moments when you might need, ahem, a little strength (and patience) dealing with a situation or person. My favorite quote from this book is "Forgiveness is realizing that you cannot change the past". The book consists of passages and quotes from different people. It's great to keep on hand for those moments when you might need, ahem, a little strength (and patience) dealing with a situation or person.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ♥ Ibrahim ♥

    The book is packed full of inspiration and practical steps. With a book like this you need a journal beside you so you can, in a manner of speaking, co-author the book, write your own story as you are having such a wonderful conversation with an inspired, full of compassion guy like Jack Kornfield. I definitely plan and hope to read every book of his as I already enjoy with great relish all he has to say. You are going to cry reading some of the stories in the book and feel ashamed probably that The book is packed full of inspiration and practical steps. With a book like this you need a journal beside you so you can, in a manner of speaking, co-author the book, write your own story as you are having such a wonderful conversation with an inspired, full of compassion guy like Jack Kornfield. I definitely plan and hope to read every book of his as I already enjoy with great relish all he has to say. You are going to cry reading some of the stories in the book and feel ashamed probably that you haven't let go yet, but yo will also learn from the author where to proceed from there.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karla Strand

    I love this book. What an inpiration! Even if you are not a Buddhist, you will enjoy Kornfield's messages of forgiveness, lovingkindness, compassion, peace, and love. He includes wisdom from other thinkers and peacemakers. Kornfield walks readers though several meditations which are simple yet powerful. A wonderful read for Buddhists, meditators, or anyone searching for peace and joy. Forgiveness releases us from the power of fear. page 12 Look within, be still. Free from fear or attachment, know th I love this book. What an inpiration! Even if you are not a Buddhist, you will enjoy Kornfield's messages of forgiveness, lovingkindness, compassion, peace, and love. He includes wisdom from other thinkers and peacemakers. Kornfield walks readers though several meditations which are simple yet powerful. A wonderful read for Buddhists, meditators, or anyone searching for peace and joy. Forgiveness releases us from the power of fear. page 12 Look within, be still. Free from fear or attachment, know the sweet joy of the middle way. - Buddha, page 13 The truth is we are not yet free; we have merely achieved the freedom to be free. - Nelson Mandela, page 15 Forgiveness means giving up all hope of a better past. page 25 Letting go begins with letting be. page 55 The greatest protection in all the world is lovingkindness. - Buddha, page 67 In the end, when we look at our life, the questions will be simple: Did I live fully? Did I love well? page 73 I am larger and better than I thought. I did not think I held so much goodness. - Walt Whitman, page 116 And as our loy grows we finally discover a happiness without cause. page 133 Withdrawal is not true inner peace. page 149 Do not think that peace is not possible for you. page 157 Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. page 162 No seed ever sees the flower. Zen teaching, page 170 Once we recognize that thoughts are empty, the mind will no longer have the power to deceive us. Khyentse Rinpoche, page 173

  5. 5 out of 5

    Micha Goebig

    I loved this little book for my morning readings before my actual meditation. It's very inspiring. I loved this little book for my morning readings before my actual meditation. It's very inspiring.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    Some reviewers have criticized this for being a short book or having too many quotations from others (like, oh, Buddha). That's exactly what I like about it. It's almost a how-to book. I don't care about the philosophy and analysis and comparisons to other beliefs and such. I have an entire shelf of books about Buddhism with lots of that (one or two by Kornfield). But I haven't read more than bits of most of them, because I never have the time nor patience for all of that rambling on. This gets to Some reviewers have criticized this for being a short book or having too many quotations from others (like, oh, Buddha). That's exactly what I like about it. It's almost a how-to book. I don't care about the philosophy and analysis and comparisons to other beliefs and such. I have an entire shelf of books about Buddhism with lots of that (one or two by Kornfield). But I haven't read more than bits of most of them, because I never have the time nor patience for all of that rambling on. This gets to the point and helps me put things into practice, not just read the preaching about practicing. I got it from the library, but I value it so much that I've since bought a copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I went to Spirit Rock and heard Jack Kornfield speak at his meditation center in California. He walked me through a day of guided meditation and self reflection. I choose this book out of many at the bookstore because it has the same guided meditations he used on Sept. 7th and it's a reminder of the magical day I had in his presence. Your happiness and suffering depends on your thoughts and actions, not my wishes for you. May you be peaceful and have a peaceful heart. I went to Spirit Rock and heard Jack Kornfield speak at his meditation center in California. He walked me through a day of guided meditation and self reflection. I choose this book out of many at the bookstore because it has the same guided meditations he used on Sept. 7th and it's a reminder of the magical day I had in his presence. Your happiness and suffering depends on your thoughts and actions, not my wishes for you. May you be peaceful and have a peaceful heart.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kara Lane

    Jack Kornfield has written a small book that packs a powerful and inpirational punch. Forgiveness, lovingkindess, and peace are the three attributes that lead to a happy life. The 3 attributes are explained through stories and quotes from people like the Buddha, Benjamin Franklin, and Nelson Mandela. Meditations are included for each of the attributes. One comment on peace from Kornfield's book that really hit home with me was, "Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. We can love Jack Kornfield has written a small book that packs a powerful and inpirational punch. Forgiveness, lovingkindess, and peace are the three attributes that lead to a happy life. The 3 attributes are explained through stories and quotes from people like the Buddha, Benjamin Franklin, and Nelson Mandela. Meditations are included for each of the attributes. One comment on peace from Kornfield's book that really hit home with me was, "Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. We can love and care for others but we cannot possess our children, lovers, family, or friends. We can assist them, pray for them, and wish them well, yet in the end their happiness and suffering depend on their thoughts and actions, not on our wishes."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    My rating may seem harsh. There isn't anything "bad" about this book and I could see it serving beautifully as a daily meditation book--page a day, etc. and yet it continually annoyed me. It was a $19 trade-paper-sized hardcover. Its contents are not original, as he acknowledges at the end of the book. Most pages have one short paragraph. Much content is quotations. Most of the rest is guidance for meditations not created by Kornfield. In short, an assistant probably assembled most of this and h My rating may seem harsh. There isn't anything "bad" about this book and I could see it serving beautifully as a daily meditation book--page a day, etc. and yet it continually annoyed me. It was a $19 trade-paper-sized hardcover. Its contents are not original, as he acknowledges at the end of the book. Most pages have one short paragraph. Much content is quotations. Most of the rest is guidance for meditations not created by Kornfield. In short, an assistant probably assembled most of this and he did some organization (maybe) and a bit of commentary and lead-in content. $19??? So I think I was a bit too scornful and judgmental as I read it. Certainly there were thoughts and insights I highlighted, but this was my first Kornfield book and I was expecting something more. It's really just a book of quotes, few comments and some guided meditations. I should have taken a much closer look before buying.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Patrick

    A beautiful compilation of short pieces by a wide range of writers. The collection was published in September of 2002, one year after the tragic events that unfolded on that morning, forever ingrained in our collective conscience. Contributors include Viktor E. Frankl, Nelson Mandela, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ajahn Chah, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, William Blake, Joseph Campbell, Lama Yeshe, Mark Twain, Alan Watts, Buddha, Don Juan, John Paul ll, Meher Baba and others.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ashutosh Kumar

    Heal yourself All troubles in this life of ours that pain us, arises somewhere within us because of a lack withing ourselves. This book will help you fill those blanks, stabilize your deep within and fulfill those lacks. The arisings and turbulence of life will exist but in less percentage and most importantly will not perturb you or trouble you as much. Be strong be at peace!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Promise Pegasus

    Wow, I did not expect to cry while reading this book. I guess I really needed to hear the affirmations within it. This will definitely need to stay by my bedside to read and reflect on frequently. This book is quick and to the point. I wouldn’t say this would be a great one to get as an intro to Buddhism, but is nice to read when starting out. So well done!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    A beautiful book that seemed to say everything I needed to hear as I read it. This is probably the best “self-help” book I’ve read yet, if you can call it that. It definitely helped me feel calm and learn ways/reasons to forgive others and myself.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura Arabie

    Beautiful messages throughout. “Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, To teach peace, To live peace... Peace will be the last word of history.” ~John Paul II 🙌🏻💕✌🏻

  15. 5 out of 5

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Marla

    Jack Kornfield's soothing voice makes it all seem possible. Jack Kornfield's soothing voice makes it all seem possible.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Wonderful reminder of metta meditations.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    This simple, fast read book of quotes and stories is always a pleasure, especially when the chaos in the mind begins to stir.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    Lots of quotes about forgiveness, lovingkindness, peace froom different people. Arranged by section with different topics.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael-David Sasson

    This is a well-done cliff note or readers' digest version for the Buddhist practices of forgiveness, lovingkindness, compassion and equanimity. This is a well-done cliff note or readers' digest version for the Buddhist practices of forgiveness, lovingkindness, compassion and equanimity.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Jack Kornfield is pretty awesome- he sums up huge ideas with short sentences, making you pause and really reflect. I really enjoy his podcast. This particular book is about the themes listed in the title, but it's not so much of a "book-book" as a collection of thoughts upon which to meditate. So it seems short and sweet, but it really requires spending some time in reflection about what he writes. I don't think you need to be a Buddhist to appreciate this (I'm not), but be aware that that is hi Jack Kornfield is pretty awesome- he sums up huge ideas with short sentences, making you pause and really reflect. I really enjoy his podcast. This particular book is about the themes listed in the title, but it's not so much of a "book-book" as a collection of thoughts upon which to meditate. So it seems short and sweet, but it really requires spending some time in reflection about what he writes. I don't think you need to be a Buddhist to appreciate this (I'm not), but be aware that that is his background and what he draws upon heavily.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kelly N. S.

    So many pearls of wisdom in this book -- and though I have yet to try them all - the book also includes several meditations around forgiveness, acceptance, lovingkindness and peace. Those meditation exercises I have tried were both meaningful and fruitful. A wonderful book to pick up if I need a word of wisdom in support of mending any rift - even (especially) those times I need to forgive myself.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    This is a great book to read when you just need to relax your mind and stop worrying. My favorite quote: "If you let go a little, you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely, you will be free." This is a great book to read when you just need to relax your mind and stop worrying. My favorite quote: "If you let go a little, you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely, you will be free."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Frickmann

    I have kept this little gem next to my bedside for several months, and open it up at random to absorb bits at at time... such gentle, encouraging wisdom! I did not imagine that this book would be quite so meaningful to me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Down to earth reminders for those seeking peace.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Indilee

    Received this from a friend a few years ago when going through a very tough time - it's very inspiring and helpful with its little stories within. Received this from a friend a few years ago when going through a very tough time - it's very inspiring and helpful with its little stories within.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I just picked this up now and then and read when the mood struck... it was very inspiring.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    This book is full of wisdom. I have put the prayer for lovingkindness up on my wall. A gem!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    A short book that includes thoughts and meditations on living with peace and loving kindness.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    I keep this book beside my bed. It's incredible as a daily bible, full of wisdom and humor. I keep this book beside my bed. It's incredible as a daily bible, full of wisdom and humor.

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