About the Author

Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield, PhD, trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught worldwide since 1974. He is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the co-founder of the Insight...

Turn Toward the Beautiful

Creativity as a Path of Liberation

Jack Kornfield

from Sounds True

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Course objectives:

  • Express story and poetry as offerings of art and beauty—awakening our hearts to move from a small sense of self to receive the world with compassion, understanding and presence.
  • Utilize creativity as an expression of liberation—making the sacred visible.
  • Recognize how creativity may become shut down, and how to open the gateway of creativity to become more free, present and alive.
  • Practice and express your deep understanding of the Dharma through a myriad of creative possibilities.

The play of sunlight through leaves … the songs of the wind … the arc of a brush stroke on paper. To be awake, reflects Jack Kornfield, is to discover the beauty hidden in all things—and to express that beauty ourselves.

With Turn Toward the Beautiful, this lyrical writer and teacher inspires us to reclaim our childlike wonder, attuning ourselves to the beauty that often passes us by unnoticed. Then, through insightful verses and stories from many traditions, he invites each of us to nourish the artistic impulse in ourselves—to choose to create as an essential expression of the spiritual life. In two compelling sessions, you will explore:

  • Why beauty and awareness are inseparable, and how they enrich each other
  • Rediscovering the world through our "child's eyes"
  • Presence—an essential component for awakening the artist's gifts of receptivity and wonder
  • How to use writing, drawing, music, dance, and more to bring insight to others
  • Practices to spark our own creative expression

What if the light that reveals the truth of our lives were waiting right here before us? For seasoned artists or novices of all spiritual traditions, Turn Toward the Beautiful points to that illumination—the beauty of the world that beckons to be received and shared.

Session I: Turn Toward the Beautiful

  • Track 1: Introduction
  • Track 2: The retrieval of beauty
  • Track 3: A life of wakefulness
  • Track 4: The Lion's Roar
  • Track 5: Becoming a child of spirit

Session II: Creativity as a Path of Liberation

  • Track 1: Introduction
  • Track 2: Poetry and Buddhism
  • Track 3: Poems as expressions of liberation
  • Track 4: Making the sacred visible
  • Track 5: Practice: Two Questions
  • Track 6: Creativity as an expression of dharma

Product details

Contents 2 CDs (1 hour, 57 minutes)
Date Published August 01, 2013
ISBN-10 1-62203-081-8
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-081-1
Dimensions 5 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches
Product Codes 3730d, w3730d, aw03730d
Audio Download:
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Contents Audio download (1 hour, 57 minutes)
Date Published August 01, 2013
Product Codes 3730w, w3730w, aw03730w
CE Credits:
Contents 2 CE credits
Date Published August 01, 2013
Product Codes 4524, e4524, ce04524

Customer Reviews

By Sue J
Date Added: Wednesday 13 August 2014
I listened to the whole of this last night, I couldn't stop it was so delightful to listen to. I hadn't realised there would be so much poetry, I would say it was food for the soul except as a Buddhist there is no soul :-) but you know what I mean. Just enjoy this.
By Vinny
Date Added: Sunday 15 June 2014
Excellent audiobook. Jack Kornfield beautifully expresses how creativity is an expression of divinity.
By Diane H
Date Added: Monday 17 February 2014
Wonder-full! One of the best program's I have listened to. Thank you!
By Evelyn Simmons
Date Added: Saturday 28 December 2013
I have enjoyed the Turn Toward the Beautiful. Jack always makes the lessons real and applicable to life. I love his sense of humor.
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