Jack Kornfield Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old jack kornfield quotes, jack kornfield sayings, and jack kornfield proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


As desire abates, generosity is born. When we are connected and present, what else is there to do but give?      

Jack Kornfield

Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.     

Jack Kornfield

To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.     

Jack Kornfield

The knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.     

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To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.     

Jack Kornfield

Spiritual opening is not a withdrawal to some imagined realm or safe cave. It is not a pulling away, but a touching of all the experience of life with wisdom and with a heart of kindness, without any separation.     

Jack Kornfield

We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night.     

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To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.     

Jack Kornfield

Buddhism talks about the possibility of transforming greed, hatred, and delusion. But sometimes need turns into greed.     

Jack Kornfield

In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived, How well we have loved, How well we have learned to let go.     

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Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.     

Jack Kornfield

Through practice, gently and gradually we can collect ourselves and learn how to be more fully with what we do.     

Jack Kornfield

We need to learn how to honor and use a practice for as long as it serves us.     

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The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner's mind.     

Jack Kornfield

To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.     

Jack Kornfield

Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it.     

Jack Kornfield

In deep self acceptance, grows a compassionate understanding.     

Jack Kornfield

Spiritual opening is not a withdrawal to some imagined realm or safe cave. It is not a pulling away, but a touching of all the experience of life with wisdom and with a heart of kindness, without any separation.     

Jack Kornfield

Where we tended to be judgmental, we became more judgmental of ourselves in our spiritual practice.     

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The knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is to release the images and conditions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.     

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We are awakened to the profound realization that the true path to liberation is to let go of everything.     

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Those who are awake live in a state of constant amazement.     

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Equanimity arises when we accept the way things are.     

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To understand ourselves and our life is the point of insight meditation: to understand and to be free.     

Jack Kornfield

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.     

Jack Kornfield

To let go in the deepest recesses of the heart, to release all struggle and wanting, leads us to that knowing which is timeless.     

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There is a web of life into which we are born, from which we can never fall.     

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Indifference is a misguided way of defending ourselves.     

Jack Kornfield

To let go in the deepest recesses of the heart, to release all struggle and wanting, leads us to that knowing which is timeless.     

Jack Kornfield

Skill in concentrating and steadying the mind is the basis for all types of meditation.     

Jack Kornfield