You are invited to join us
Wednesday, October 20th
At 7 pm on Zoom,
For Meditation, Discussion
And a talk by Jack Kornfield
The peer-led Port Townsend Sangha meets weekly for 30 minutes of meditation and a dharma talk – currently on Zoom. For a link to the weekly meeting, sign up to our mailing list or send an email request.
This week, after meditation we will a Jack Kornfield talk called No Self/True Self. The two parts combined are found here.
No Self/True Self is an unusual talk if we are familiar with Jack Kornfield’s current dharma talks. He gave it some 30 years ago during a retreat. In the first half, played last week, he goes into “the jewel of the Buddha’s awakening” – the development of selflessness and how it comes about. He shares some of his experiences of no self and then goes into describing how “the true self” comes about. Jack describes three stages of his experience – coming to know selflessness with his mind for 10 years, awakening to love and feeling with his heart for 10 years, and finally, coming to “inhabit” or embody his discoveries so that he could live them in the day-to-day world.
THIS WEEK, in the second half of No Self/True Self, Jack tells of further developing both our sense of no self and our coming to know better our true self. He distinguishes no self from having a negative self-image. When we find our true self, we become aware that we are connected to everything. As we continue our practice, we heal the split between knowing no self and knowing our true self. And this brings us to the experience of great compassion. The talk ends with the encouraging reassurance that to have these wonderful realizations, “all you have to do is just be here for it.”
Jack Kornfield is a Buddhist practitioner, having trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma. He co-founded the Insight Meditation Center with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, and the Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
He has focused on combining loving kindness and self compassion with the practice of mindfulness, and integrating the wisdom of Eastern and Western psychology.
He is married and has one daughter.