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Publisher's Summary

When does enlightenment come? At the end of the spiritual journey? Or the beginning? In After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, Jack Kornfield - author of the modern classic on American Buddhism, A Path with Heart - brings into focus the truth about satori, the awakened state of consciousness, and enlightenment practices today. The result is this extraordinary look at the hard work we all must do - the laundry - no matter how often we experience ecstatic states of consciousness through meditation and other disciplines.

Sweeping in scope, and warmly told by one of American Buddhism's most trusted voices, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry is a work of both deep inspiration and daily instruction that cuts through the confusion about what enlightenment really is, who it comes to, and how it continues to inform and guide our spiritual lives.

An original audio adaptation of Jack Kornfield's book, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry.

©2006 Jack Kornfield (P)2006 Jack Kornfield

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Reminder to stay present.

Love Jack Kornfield. He knows his stuff... A reminder to stay present and life is not under our control.

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Lovely, simple, thought provoking

I listened to this twice. Found it soothing and relaxing. He is so relatable and efficient. The takeaway is that there will always be laundry and everyone needs to do their laundry. No one is exempt.

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  • PrawdS
  • 2016-10-27

Fabulous as always

Love his books. Never want them to end. So much to sit back and reflect on. In regard to someone's comment about them not liking the author doing the narrating.....I find the author the only one fit for the job. Love this author.

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  • Debbie Beane
  • 2016-04-30

A classic

Always worth re-reading (listening), appropriate for all stages of life. At first I thought his voice was too sleepy, but I ended up finding it soothing.

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  • Remived
  • 2015-10-26

Title points to meat of the message

As a novice myself, I would recommend this book to new practitioners. If you are past the honeymoon stage and like insights into the daily reality of the enlightened, I would recommend this book. Or, if you want some feel good stories and some soothing verbal vibrations, I would recommend this listen.

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  • Jim Soll
  • 2018-12-01

So beautiful!!!!!

I would give this book 10 stars. Its so good I bought a paperback so I could linger in it, write notes on the pages and savor each sentence. A great teaching tool for self and others as well. The best of Jack's work I have read to date. Thank you Jack.

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  • Tyler
  • 2017-03-01

Great Listen.

Jack has a terrific podcast mainly composed of his talks, that's where I first really got into his work. Hearing his voice adds a layer of depth and emphasis that I cannot recommend enough.

It's a great read with great messages. I do wish he went into even more detail of people's "satori" moments. But that's just me being greedy. Good listen. Great for winding down in the evenings.

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  • Andrew Lenards
  • 2017-11-10

Wow

It is reassuring to hear the post-peak experience stories collected here. There is a genuine honesty present. I am great for this.

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  • Kathleen
  • 2018-11-23

Grounding

Jack reading Jack is what the world needs Thank you for making this recording available. ❤️

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  • Wendy
  • 2018-04-05

Thank you

Thank you. Didn’t want it to end. So I started it over, just as I do my practice each moment. Thank you

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  • Bryant Barber
  • 2017-11-24

Human

This book brings to light the humanity of many seekers along the path whether they are students or teachers. It reminds the reader that there is always more to learn and do together on the journey throughout life and that this is a good thing. This is my own short representation of this book, of course. I highly recommend it.

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  • Roope
  • 2017-11-14

Interesting teachings

Well performed. Contains interesting insights and teachings. Few studies are sited so don't expect that. Lots of stories. Overall flow is very nice.

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  • Yerma
  • 2021-08-07

An amazing journey to wisdom and inner peace

I loved this book. To me, one of the best of J.Kornfield's. As much practical as theorytical. Full of very useful illustrations and examples of what is spirituality. I recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-06-21

beautiful

A beautiful and wise book that cuts through spiritual materialism, tapping in a wide set of traditions to show the variety of paths leading to grace, right here, right now.