This is from a profile of Jack Kornfield in November’s Shambhala Sun magazine.
In an era when some teachers downplay talk of enlightenment, he’s more passionate than ever about what he calls the dharma of liberation. To Kornfield, it’s only natural that the same culture that produced Walt Whitman, the civil rights movement, and the push for marriage equality would carry on the democratization of the Buddha’s way begun by teachers like S.N. Goenka and Mahasi Sayadaw.
“People tend to think that enlightenment is only for monks who live in the Himalayas, but it’s not. The same liberation practiced in the monasteries of Thailand and Burma has been experienced by thousands of people in this country,” he says.
I couldn’t agree more with these sentiments.