Recommendations

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

    The Better Angels of Our Nature

    The Better Angels of Our Nature

    Steven Pinker
    Psychology
    4.13 (27,354)

    Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. in his gripping and controversial new work, new york times bestselling author steven pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. exploding myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious book continues pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly enlightened

    Jack Kornfield

    In that way, one of my favorite recent books is called The Better Angels of Our Nature, by Stephen Pinker.

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  • The Book of Joy

    The Book of Joy

    The Book of Joy

    Dalai Lama,Desmond Tutu,Douglas Carlton Abrams
    Self-Help

    An instant New York Times bestseller Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question. Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering? They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy. This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecendented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye. We get to listen as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy—from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness. Throughout, they include stories, wisdom, and science. Finally, they share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives. The Archbishop has never claimed sainthood, and the Dalai Lama considers himself a simple monk. In this unique collaboration, they offer us the reflection of real lives filled with pain and turmoil in the midst of which they have been able to discover a level of peace, of courage, and of joy to which we can all aspire in our own lives.

    Jack Kornfield

    there's a wonderful book that came out last year or the year before called the book of joy, which was a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu.

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  • Be Here Now

    Be Here Now

    Be Here Now

    Ram Dass
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    4.27 (29,599)

    A social scientist recreates his search for expanded consciousness, through the psychedelia of LSD to the final calm and inner wisdom of Rajah Yoga

    Jack Kornfield

    Recommended on Jack Kornfield's website

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  • Bury the Chains

    Bury the Chains

    Bury the Chains

    Adam Hochschild
    History
    4.29 (1,795)

    Offers an account of the first great human rights crusade, which originated in England in the 1780s and resulted in the freeing of hundreds of thousands of slaves around the world.

    Jack Kornfield

    there's a wonderful book called Bury the Chains

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  • Emotional Intelligence

    Emotional Intelligence

    Emotional Intelligence

    Daniel Goleman
    Self-Help
    4.01 (94,842)

    #1 BESTSELLER • The groundbreaking book that redefines what it means to be smart, with a new introduction by the author “A thoughtfully written, persuasive account explaining emotional intelligence and why it can be crucial.”—USA Today Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why. Daniel Goleman's brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our “two minds”—the rational and the emotional—and how they together shape our destiny. Drawing on groundbreaking brain and behavioral research, Goleman shows the factors at work when people of high IQ flounder and those of modest IQ do surprisingly well. These factors, which include self-awareness, self-discipline, and empathy, add up to a different way of being smart—and they aren’t fixed at birth. Although shaped by childhood experiences, emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened throughout our adulthood—with immediate benefits to our health, our relationships, and our work. The twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of Emotional Intelligence could not come at a better time—we spend so much of our time online, more and more jobs are becoming automated and digitized, and our children are picking up new technology faster than we ever imagined. With a new introduction from the author, the twenty-fifth-anniversary edition prepares readers, now more than ever, to reach their fullest potential and stand out from the pack with the help of EI.

    Jack Kornfield

    Recommended on Tom Ferriss' podcast

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  • The Telomere Effect
    Jack Kornfield

    Recommended on Tom Ferriss' podcast

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  • The Water of Life

    The Water of Life

    The Water of Life

    Michael Meade
    Social Science
    4.35 (86)

    At once a mythic journey, a study in depth psychology, and a treatise on initiation, The Water of Life addresses the roots of conflict, the recurring hunger for war, and the underlying need to return culture to its mythic context. Telling stories drawn from many cultures, Meades genius relies on the power of myth and the surprising gift of mythic imagination for solutions to the new threats and age-old dilemmas that increasingly plague humankind. Original.

    Jack Kornfield

    Recommended on Tom Ferriss' podcast

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  • Mind
    Jack Kornfield

    Recommended on Tom Ferriss' podcast

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