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Just as the serene beauty of the lotus blossom grows out of muddy water, Buddha's simple instructions have helped people to find wholeness and peace amid life's crisis and distractions for more than 2,500 years.  For this small handbook, a well-known American Buddhist teacher and psychologist has distilled and adapted an ancient teaching for the needs of contemporary life. ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by Bantam
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Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Shelli by: I think this was a going away present from Leo? John L.? It was so long ago!
Buddhism is a complex practice of self-reflection, investigation, introspection, and hard work, with no easy or pat answers. Although some Buddhist philosophies can indeed be expressed simply and succintly, I found many (and maybe most) of the (typically one-sentence) mottos comprising Buddha's Little Instruction Book to be overly trite platitudes which “dummy down” Buddhism to appeal to a pop culture hungry for cutesy, inspirational quotes, which they then render in the font of the moment, ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
No answers, just guidance - Brilliant!

This review is from a layperson who has no formal training in Buddhism, so if you are looking for a review that speaks to the aphorisms in this book in a detailed and reductionist view you won’t find it here. Furthermore, to me it also irrelevant where these aphorisms/quotes originated from because, regardless of their origin, they provoke contemplation for personal discovery.

I believe the nature of all spiritual development occurs at a personal level and ea
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading this book very slowly for about the last year. I didn't want to rush through it so I could let each quote sink in. Each page has one simple line of inspiration, truth and beauty. The end of the book then has 6 beautiful meditations. Very enlightening and thought provoking. Amongst my favorite quotes: "Things to do today: inhale, exhale, inhale. Ahhhhh." "If you can't find the truth right where you are, where else do you think you will find it?" "If your compassion does not incl ...more
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
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A small, pocket sized book with beautiful, watercoloured background images throughout quoting thousands of years of Buddhist wisdom, each quote presented in the centre of its own page. Unfortunately, as beautiful as it is, for anyone especting something deep and philosophical discussion from Kornfeild will be disapointed. This is little more than a pretty little flipbook for the layman looking for some easy access Buddhist enlightenment.
Jordan Dossett
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's small but packed with great tidbits of insight. It is not a read if you are looking for information on Buddhism so much but it is a great book Buddhist or not if you are looking for small tidbits of insight. Jack Kornfield is an amazing speaker and author and this is a small sampling of what you will find. ...more
Liz Blank
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a treasure of a little book.
Trey Nowell
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent thoughts to ponder throughout this book and apply to your life!
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Awesome quotes!!!
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This cute book contains various quotes that help one understand the wisdom and teachings of the Buddha. Each quote was very refreshing, reflective, and inspiring. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Buddha’s teachings, as well as anyone interested in the path to happiness and loving kindness.
I fell in love with Jack Kornfield as a story teller, when I first heard him on a podcast.
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Homiletic support.
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It isn't great, nor is it terrible.
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Feb 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Great little quote book.
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This book was a gift from a friend, and it's a wonderful uplifter. Full of insightful nuggets of wisdom. ...more
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Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He began his training after graduating from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies in 1967. Then he joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to the Public Health Service in no ...more

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