The Wise Heart

A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology

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You have within you an unlimited capacity for extraordinary love, for joy, for communion with life, and for unshakable freedom—and here is how to awaken it.

On The Wise Heart, celebrated author and psychologist Jack Kornfield offers an accessible, comprehensive, and illuminating guide to the universal teachings of Buddhist psychology. He shows you how to use powerful Buddhist insights and practices to go beyond the trap of "self-improvement"—and find in your own life the path to unconditional fulfillment and happiness discovered by the Buddha.

In the moving style of Kornfield's previous bestsellers, The Wise Heart invites you to discover:

  • A life of awakened love and compassion in action
  • The mystery of consciousness and the undying spirit
  • Buddhist personality types and the methods for transcending the illusion of self
  • "Behaviorism with heart"—Buddhist cognitive training
  • Interdependence and why it is essential to your personal well-being
  • How Western and Buddhist psychology complement each other

At the heart of Buddhist psychology lies a vision of radiant human dignity, the secret beauty we all share: our Buddha nature. "Seeing with the eyes of love," explains Jack Kornfield, "reveals this beauty everywhere around us." Join this trusted voice to experience the transformational power of Buddhism's perennial strategies for enlightened living.


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Review for The Wise Heart Review by Shannon C

Great book, I owned it on paperback but had a long drive I was taking and wanted it in audio form. Thank you so much for providing it, it was a wonderful listen on my drive!

(Posted on 5/10/2014)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by Dennis D

The content of Jack Kornfield's "Wise Heart" is broad, deep, and very well organized -- I'd give the content a "5 star" rating. I have the book already, and for my needs I feel it is one of his best. He enumerates Buddhist principles, and organizes each chapter around those. As is typical Kornfield, he offers an array of stories, quotations, personal disclosures, and so on from a variety of sources. In particular, I am interested in how those principles may play out iin psychotherapy, and found a number of examples there. Even though I have the book, I wanted to be able to listen to the chapters multiple times -- I learn best that way. Unfortunately, the way the audio files are composed is quite disappointing. Several of the individual files contain more than one chapter, so when I want to listen to some particular chapter, I cannot go directly to it. I would much prefer a separate audio file for each chapter. Because of that, I've lowered the overall rating.

(Posted on 12/29/2013)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by Orna J

I love this book. It is both clear and full of very useful insights that are easy to incorporate. I took lots of notes and listened to several sections more than once. It is my favorite book by Jack Kornfield.

(Posted on 11/27/2013)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by Anne Z

Yes, it is a beautiful and rewarding.
and Jack Kornfield's voice is smooth and clear.
His voice is more conversationa in Buddha Nature which I found more pleasing.

(Posted on 5/23/2013)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by Clare D

The Wise heart it a very excellent audio book Jack Kornfield makes very simple and clear in the meanings of Consciousness, and the Self- No Self.
I continuously listen to this all the time.

Thank You so much for making this audio book available.

(Posted on 4/30/2013)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by Suzi C S

Excellent presentation of the Bhuddist psychology principles. Jack Kornfield is easy to listen to. It's a great companion for that morning commute.

(Posted on 4/16/2013)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by John V

good addition to the book.

(Posted on 4/7/2013)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by Rita

A Wise Heart is a very beautiful and comprehensive guide towards a gentle, wise, and compassionate understanding of the human experience
we all share. Having read the book, I purchased
this CD set so that I can review sections most meaningful to me personally while walking and engaged in other daily activities.

(Posted on 3/30/2013)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by Angus C

This beautiful work is a wonderful introduction to a wonderful teacher. Quite apart from the wisdom
Dr K presents, his mellifluous tones and gentleness
are also a powerful adjunct to the practices of self hypnosis.

(Posted on 9/7/2012)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by Gina Coroneos

Truly recommend to anyone who is having a hard time. Or wants to be happier. Jack Kornfield is marvelous.

(Posted on 4/10/2012)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by Helene Wood

LOVE this book, and the recording was fine. I would like to GIFT this audiobook to someone else. How do I do that thru Sounds True?

(Posted on 1/16/2012)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by Regina

Just recently started this book... it is so very gentle, illuminating, inspiring, compassionate, and hopeful. One of the transformative "gifts" that appear in our lives just at the time we most need it.

(Posted on 1/10/2012)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by Bill Gurney

Solid teaching that is presented in an astounding and challenging way with manifested guides. Worth it just to challenge your assumptions of what can happen in a person's life. Foundational teaching on Course of Miracles.

(Posted on 8/8/2011)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by Bill Gurney

Excellent & easy to follow

(Posted on 8/8/2011)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by Janet Stanwyck

I wanted the Cd's to listen to in the car as I travel. Jack Kornfield speaks in a way that talks to my heart. I am in a tough place and know I need to get a regular practice but for the moment just listening to his book helps me stay centered.

(Posted on 7/13/2011)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by Marianne Maher

Well worth it.

(Posted on 4/11/2011)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by Susan O'Toole

skillfully unpicks each component of our human condition, like he was taking an engine apart respectfully with love, with smile, calm, poignancy and sets you on a course from dark to light.

(Posted on 3/21/2011)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by VALERIE

As always, Jack Kornfield is wonderful to listen to. In this wonderful Buddhist teaching, he gradually and with lovely detail that makes it easy to understand, teaches us the path to understanding some of the fundamental teachings. I loved it and as a budding Buddhist, am eternally thankful for his guidance.

(Posted on 5/7/2010)

Review for The Wise Heart Review by RICK


(Posted on 3/18/2010)



Contents 6 CDs (7 hours, 23 minutes)
Date Published April 01, 2008
ISBN-10 1-59179-615-6
ISBN-13 978-1-59179-615-2
Dimensions 5 x 5 3/4 inches
Product Code AW01181D

Audio Download

Contents 1 Audio download (7 hours, 23 minutes)
Filetypes M4B, MP3, ZIP
Date Published April 01, 2008
ISBN-10 1-60407-393-4
ISBN-13 978-1-60407-393-5
Product Code AW01181W