Jack Kornfield

po_Kornfield-JackJack Kornfield (born July 16, 1945) is an American author and teacher in the vipassana movement in American Theravada Buddhism.

He trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma and India, first as a student of the Thai forest master Ajahn Chah and Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma.

He has taught meditation worldwide since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist Mindfulness practice to the West. In 1975, he co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, and subsequently in 1987, Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. He has organized teacher trainings and led international gatherings of Buddhist teachers with the Dalai Lama and worldwide and has worked as a peacemaker and activist.