Jack Kornfield, PhD
Best-selling author and renowned Buddhist teacher
Trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma, Jack Kornfield is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West. He has been teaching worldwide since 1974, and the thousands of practitioners and teachers who have studied with him agree: Jack has played a pivotal and vital role in making Eastern practices accessible to a Western audience.
From the Buddhist masters Venerable Ajahn Chah and Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw to Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, Jack has worked alongside many of the great teachers of our time. With a degree in Asian studies and a doctorate in clinical psychology, he is the cofounder of two of the country’s most revered meditation centers: Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California.
A teacher at centers and universities worldwide, Jack has led International Buddhist Teacher meetings, and has written more than a dozen books including The Wise Heart; A Path with Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; and more. His books have been translated into 20 languages and have sold more than a million copies. His most recent book is No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are.
A father, husband, and activist, Jack combines lovingkindness and self-compassion with the practice of mindfulness. He strives to build a stronger bridge between Eastern and Western psychology.
The Science of Happiness
May 2 - 5, 2019
Thursday - Sunday, 3 nights
What does it mean to live a happy, meaningful life? How do you respond with resilience to life’s unavoidable stresses and disappointments? How can you forge compassionate connections at a time of extreme busyness, isolation, and division? Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have explored these and other big questions in The Science of Happiness,...
Why We Should Seek Happiness Even in Hard Times
When we’re deluged by bad-news stories, it’s hard to not feel discouraged or even depressed. But, according to Buddhist psychologist Jack Kornfield, falling into despair is not a response that helps anyone—not you, nor your community or the world.
Lessons from the Field: The Science of Happiness
Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, PhD, is the science director of the Greater Good Science Center, where she oversees the GGSC’s fellowship program, is a co-instructor of its Science of Happiness course, and helps run its Expanding Gratitude project. Emiliana is a leading expert on the neuroscience and psychology of compassion, kindness, gratitude, and other “pro-social” skills. She speaks...