The Beginner's Guide to Forgiveness

How to Free Your Heart and Awaken Compassion
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An introduction to the cornerstone practice of spiritual living: true forgiveness.
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Course objectives: 

  • Apply wisdom and countless other benefits of practicing forgiveness
  • Analyze differing models of forgiveness and learning how to love
  • Discuss the illusion of human separateness
  • Use guided meditation to practice the art of forgiving and requesting forgiveness

Forgiveness is possible. On The Beginner's Guide to Forgiveness, author Jack Kornfield explores why forgiveness, personally and globally, is essential to our health and happiness, and how you can start using this timeless practice to transform emotional wounds into healing and understanding.

Drawing from his background in meditation and psychology, Kornfield reveals the path to forgiveness and the way out of our pain. Once you understand your own suffering, he says, compassion arises naturally, so you can extend it to others as well as yourself.

With guided meditations and insights from the world's wisdom teachings, Kornfield shows how forgiveness can be practiced as a gift we give, not only to others, but ultimately to ourselves.


  • How forgiveness and compassion are possible in situations of suffering
  • How forgiveness can be coupled with strength and self-protection
  • The practices that lead to forgiveness of yourself and others
  • Includes guided meditations
Format Details
Contents Digital Audio (1 hour, 15 minutes)
Product Code AW00656W
ISBN Number 978-1-60407-003-3
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Jack Kornfield

About 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 is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. He is a husband, grandfather, and activist and holds a PhD in clinical psychology. He has written more than fifteen books including The Wise Heart; A Path With Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; and more. For more, visit