Jack Kornfield
Book 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 XIV,Desmond Tutu,Douglas Carlton Abrams
    Self-Help
    4.34 (45,314)

    The occasion was a big birthday. and it inspired two close friends to get together in dharamsala for a talk about something very important to them. the friends were his holiness the dalai lama and archbishop desmond tutu. the subject was joy. both winners of the nobel prize, both great spiritual masters and moral leaders of our time, they are also known for being among the most infectiously happy people on the planet.from the beginning the book was envisioned as a three-layer birthday cake: their own stories and teachings about

    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
    4.28 (31,479)

    Describes one man's transformation upon his acceptance of the principles of yoga & gives a modern restatement of the importance of the spiritual side of human nature. illustrated.the book is divided into four sections:journey: the transformation: dr richard alpert, phd into baba ram dassfrom bindu to ojas: the core bookcookbook for a sacred life: a manual for conscious beingpainted cakes (do not satisfy hunger): books

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  • Bury the Chains

    Bury the Chains

    Bury the Chains

    Adam Hochschild
    History
    4.3 (1,864)

    From the author of the widely acclaimed king leopold's ghost comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history - the fight to free the slaves of the british empire. in early 1787, twelve men - a printer, a lawyer, a clergyman, and others united by their hatred of slavery - came together in a london printing shop and began the world's first grass-roots movement, battling for the rights of people on another continent. masterfully stoking public opinion, the movement's leaders pioneered

    Jack Kornfield

    there's a wonderful book called Bury the Chains

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  • The Telomere Effect

    The Telomere Effect

    The Telomere Effect

    Elissa Epel,Elizabeth Blackburn
    3.75 (4,008)

    Have you wondered why some sixty-year-olds look and feel like forty-year-olds and why some forty-year-olds look and feel like sixty-year-olds? while many factors contribute to aging and illness, dr. elizabeth blackburn discovered a biological indicator called telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, which protect our genetic heritage. dr. blackburn and dr. elissa epel's research shows that the length and health of one's telomeres are a biological underpinning of the long-hypothesized mind-body connection. they and other scientists have found that changes we can make to our daily habits can protect our

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  • Emotional Intelligence

    Emotional Intelligence

    Emotional Intelligence

    Daniel Goleman
    Self-Help
    4.01 (100,403)

    Everyone knows that high iq is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until , 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.through vivid examples, goleman delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence, and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well-being. what emerges is an entirely new way to talk about being smart. the best

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  • The Water of Life

    The Water of Life

    The Water of Life

    Michael Meade
    Social Science
    4.36 (87)

    Starting with a new preface that describes the dual nightmares of global terror and global warming, the water of life addresses meaning and purpose in personal life and the need to return culture to its mythic context. meade is a masterful storyteller with a genius for metaphorical thinking; he draws on the power of myths, fairy tales, and his own personal story of descent and transformation during the vietnam war. at once a mythic journey, a study in depth psychology, and a treatise on initiation the water of life addresses

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  • Mind – A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

    Mind – A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

    Mind – A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

    Daniel J. Siegel M.D.
    3.69 (321)

    What is the mind? what is the experience of the self truly made of? how does the mind differ from the brain? though the mind’s contents—its emotions, thoughts, and memories—are often described, the essence of mind is rarely, if ever, defined.in this book, noted neuropsychiatrist and new york times best-selling author daniel j. siegel, md, uses his characteristic sensitivity and interdisciplinary background to offer a definition of the mind that illuminates the how, what, when, where, and even why of who we are, of what the mind is, and what

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    Recommended on Tom Ferriss' podcast

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