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Guest speaker: Jack Kornfield
Today’s podcast features Jack Kornfield speaking at the 1988 International Transpersonal Conference in Santa Rosa, California.
Kornfield is an American writer, teacher, and psychologist who is known for his work in making Buddhism more accessible for Westerners. He trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, India, and Burma, and has been teaching meditation internationally since 1974.
He has also spoken about psychedelics in the context of spiritual practice. His views on the intersection of Buddhism and psychedelics highlights the importance of intention, caution, and ethical boundaries when considering their use.
Kornfield also recommends getting trained in mindfulness, compassion and equanimity before using psychedelics. As he says, they are not for beginners.
Are Psychedelics Useful in the Practice of Buddhism? by Myron Stolaroff
JOURNAL OF HUMANISTICC PSYCHOLOGY