Book Giveaway and Review: A Lamp in the Darkness

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The 5 winners:

“Sometimes we have to go right into the fire in order to find our true healing.” ~Jack Kornfield

No matter who you are, no matter what you’ve accomplished, no matter how well you’ve planned, you will deal with challenges in life. We all will. And many times, they will hit us unexpectedly.

We will all lose things and people we love. We will all make mistakes and have to deal with their consequences. We will all experience the pain of declining health, either in our own blood and bones, or as a bystander to people we love.

When we feel hurt, or angry, or terrified, or weak, we often try to numb it in one way or another—sometimes because we’re afraid the pain will break us, and other times because we’re ashamed of just how fragile we are.

We may not always remember it, but we are simultaneously strong; and no matter how many times we break down, we can grow, heal, and prosper.

In his book, A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times, Jack Kornfield helps us access our inner calm and wisdom to do just that.

I received this resource at a time when I couldn’t have needed it more. Doctors had just identified numerous large tumors and cysts in my body, and I was awaiting test results.

After initially responding with resistance and terror, I waded deep into hours of uncertainty, where I realized my deepest pain was coming from my fears, obsessive thoughts, and ensuing emotions. Luckily, I soon learned that I’m in no immediate danger, but I know there will be other times when threats will be real—not just for me, but for all of us.

In those moments, we will need to depend on our own capacity for equanimity, even if we feel powerless and scared. A Lamp in the Darkness guides us there.

A bestselling author and renowned spiritual teacher, Kornfield weaves poignant stories of surviving and thriving with simple guidance to help us understand and work through our suffering.

This isn’t a book that urges you to smile, let go, and move on. Instead it takes you deep into the darkness of your pain to help you access your internal light—what Kornfield calls “The one who knows.”

Described as a program that provides “profound tools for doing the work of the soul,” the book comes with a companion audio CD, which features guided meditations for compassion, forgiveness, healing, and peace.

Though Kornfield has trained as a Buddhist monk, his writing is accessible and timeless, not bound by dogma or religious ideology. Simple and clear, A Lamp in the Darkness is brief at less than 125 pages, but that doesn’t detract from its wisdom or power.

I read this book in just two days, and highlighted numerous passages that comforted me, providing gentle reassurance that even the most difficult feelings eventually fade. This is a book of hope, encouragement, and empowerment, rooted in the belief that we can handle any sorrows and even transform them into joys.

“Something holy happens when we’re strong enough to turn and face the tears we’ve held inside. It creates a space inside us that we can honorably fill with joy, once our tears have all been wept out completely.” ~Jack Kornfield

If you’re ready to face your tears, I highly recommend Jack Kornfield’s A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times.

 About the Author

Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., is a writer, clinical psychologist, and one of the world’s foremost meditation and spiritual teachers. A practitioner for over 40 years, he is one of the key teachers to introduce mindfulness and Vipassana meditation to the West. Kornfield is a founding member of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. His books include After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, Buddha’s Little Instruction Manual, Teachings of the Buddha, and the national bestseller, A Path with Heart, among others.

About the Book

  • Soft cover: 125 pages
  • CD: 1 hour, 19 minutes
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Language: English
  • Amazon price: $14.48

*Please note that the Amazon price now reads $19.95, for the hard cover version, and the pages number is listed at 248–quite a bit longer than the review copy I received!

How to Win one of 5 free copies of A Light in the Darkness

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You can enter until Sunday, September 4th at midnight PST. I will email the winners directly on Monday, September 5th.

Sending you love and light, friends!

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About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. Her latest bookTiny Buddha's Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • Steph

    Wow!!! I am so glad your test results came out good!!

    It is so true! We always find things when we truly need them!! Better yet, things come to us when we truly need them!

    Thank you for writing about this book! I definitely need to read it! I follow your blog on goggle reader and get weekly emails!

  • Jess

    Definitely sounds like an inspiring book! Lori – thanks for always sharing your experiences and being open and honest. Seeing these feelings put into words is such a great help!

  • Melisa Dettbarn

    Please enter me to win one! I could use it now too!

  • Pat Sears

    I look forward to getting the book.  having a resource like this book at times when it is hard to keep one’s balance will be a blessing.  Thanks for sharing it.

  • Dawna

    This sounds like an ideal book for me at this point in time… Please enter me. 🙂

  • retta

    I hope I’m one of the five, a resource like this is always inspiring when going through hard times.

  • Looks like a great book 🙂   Just subscribed to the blog feed after following on twitter for a good while, and am really enjoying your posts.  Many thanks!

  • Looks like a great book 🙂   Just subscribed to the blog feed after
    following on twitter for a good while, and am really enjoying your
    posts.  Many thanks!

  • Hope

    This book seems interesting. i m glad you found a path in your life through this book. i wish i could get this book. I love tinybuddha and i read it everyday! 🙂

  • Catherine

    Thank you so much for hosting this contest. I hope to be one of the five and am looking forward to seeing the results.

    All the best,

  • Born911gba

    Tjis is exactly what I need right now in my life!!!

  • I am a follower and will share on Facebook. Would love to have this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win. 

  • I have found challenging times to be opportunities for great growth.

  • Yareliz

    Great post! I’d love to win a copy of this book! It sounds like this book could really help me through my tough times at the moment. I’d really appreciate it :]

  • phil

    the quote from the author above reminds me of the premise of Elizabeth Lesser’s book “Broken Open,” which I loved.  Adding this to my To Read list. 

  • Hey Lori, When life becomes simple and clear I understand that my challenges are minor when compared to others in the world. Hopefully I can find a way to transform my good fortune into ways of giving back what I have received. Thanks for the opportunity to express a few thoughts now and then.

  • I really enjoy the posts here and share them often.  I have shared this one as well on my facebook page. 

    Thank you for all the work you do to post wonderful content.


  • Queen R

    I love the good energy of the quotes and book, thank you.

  • Anglkiss64

    You have no idea how much I need this! I am subscribing and posting on Facebook. I need serenity and peace again. I need to find me more and more so I can spread my love again! Love Karen. <3

  • I want to win a copy of the book!

  • Jennifer

    Thank you so much for recommending this book – it couldn’t come at a better time!

  • Stephanie N.

    This book sounds fabulous!

  • Bobmacson

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  • Betty Widerski

    I love TB and frequently share the newsletter with friends.

  • After experiencing a very profound loss within the year (but some days it seems like yesterday) this book looks like a perfect read for me – and my soul.
    So – I buzzed, RT’s & mentioned on my PegsPresents facebook page (& yes, I subscribe too).
    Wish me luck!

  • Bluebuddha1961

    Sounds like a good book!

  • Thanks for the amazing opportunity for access to a timely book.   retweeting.

  • Susys_email

    Since signing up for Daily Messages with the Tiny Buddha it has amazed me the passages and blogs that have touched my heart and entered my head.  I almost feel, no I do feel like somehow you know exactly what I’m going through on a Daily bases and each one has enlightened me in my situation and has encouraged me to reach out for more.  I would love the opportunity to read the Lamp in the Darkness.  I can only imagine the directions I could grow with each turn of the page 🙂  Thank you for your posts and emails as every day is more and more encouraging!

    Quote of the Day: One most know that they can swim through every tide and change of time

  • This sounds like something I really need at this moment in my life.  I can’t find any calm and I feel like I have reached the peak of tolerance.  

  • This sounds like a book I could benefit from.  Thanks for sharing your review.

  • I would love to read this to help guide myself through the difficulties I am facing.

  • Sweetsuga

    This book sounds like a must read! Thank you for the recommendation!!!

  • Deb_vo

    I just this past week felt like I had gone through a ‘fire’ to learn a lesson that will impact the rest of my life. Lori, I love your daily posts and share them regularly with a few friends. Thanks so much for the energy that you put into Tiny Buddha!!!!

  • Mojoel

    I’m very new to Buddhism & mindfulness practice. I have listened to recordings of Jack Kornfield speaking and found him to be enlightening.  This book would be great to have.  Whether you wins it here or purchase it, I’m sure you’d be more than happy with it!

  • Mrs_Bobcat

    The universe has been a little too loud lately. I think I could really use this.

    Same here as Twitter….

  • Semayawi Beth

    I’m subscribing to your feed via google reader, and already do so via Twitter & FB. This is definately meant for me. Hope I win it! Thanks for the chance.

  • Loran Hills

    Jack Kornfield is on of my favorite authors.  I didn’t know he had a new book out, but I would love to read it.

    Tweet and FB too.

  • I’m in!  I do receive daily emails from you and enjoy them much.  Thanks for all you do.

  • Robert

    Thank you for this post!  I will share on FB & twitter and my Sangha when we meet next.

  • Beecharmer4

    Hi Lori,  

    Your Tiny Buddha emails always touch me deeply.  I eagerly read them every day and it always amazes me, how they resonate.  I, like so many others here, am going through a valley right now and would love to win this book and cd.  They sound amazing.  If I don’t, I will definitely ask my library to purchase them.  Thank you for the recommendation! Thank you even more, for your daily blogs.  I don’t know how you do it! Delivering so much dharma daily, you are very gifted and thank you for sharing your gift with me.  Mary

  • Vshaw1118

    I love the idea of Kornfield’s new book.  I have a lot of times in my life, living with chronic pain and disability, that I don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Heaven knows I look a lot!  A book like this might be what people like me to read to give some hope to their lives.  I look forward to checking it out!

  • Theloveofisis

    I am thoroughly enjoying your blog, and this book is going to be something I have to read in the near future, whether or not I win it. 

  • Courtney

    I really enjoy reading & am fond of this author. I just posted this on twitter & have many of my friends now subscribing to your website. I find these emails I receive from you everyday helpful & inspiring. Thank you! It is greatly appreciated.

  • Jennifermreck

    What a perfect sounding, book! It sounds like it really ties in to the lessons I learned while doing The Artist’s Way.

  • Mollyreneharris

    Thank you for all your insight. I recently subscribed to your daily wisdom and it is hitting me hard. Really great stuff!

  • K8e

    I found this piece inspiring – I definitely will read this book & listen to the accompanying cd. ty for sharing

  • Cindy

    I love this post! I truly believe that dealing with our pain at the source and letting it go frees us up to feel greater joy in our lives!

  • Susan

    I absolutely love everything about Tiny Buddha.  I have shared Tiny Buddha with my family and friends.  I have been walking the line of fire these days and it has been my salvation to get me through these hard times!  Thank you so much!

  • I am quite familiar with walking through fire. Standing in it as well. 

    Thank you for the book.

  • Dodolmik

    I do really need this book to help me access my internal light. I feel so empty.. it’s a hard time for me. Good luck everyone!!

  • Nanaleon3

    This book looks amazing. I work at Bethany, a homeless shelter for women, and I  think this book would make a great book study. Most of our residents have gone through a lot of difficult times, to say the least. We are always looking for ways to help them accept and deal with past trauma and pain, rather than continue to run from it or try to medicate it away. Jack Kornfield’s materials are awesome for this, as are Pema Chodren’s.
    Love love love your daily newsletter/blog and e-book.

  • Bailey D

    I subscribe to the tiny buddha. I also liked it on FB. Many days I do MAKE time to read the posts, but I look forward to the quotes. I did enjoy the article today. Thank you! 

  • Adam Smith

    I have enjoyed the daily rebalancing that your blog has helped give to me. I look forward to sitting down and being surprised by what food for thought is on tap. 

  • Lori. I am reading most of your posts. I find them very encouraging and also because they dig a little deeper too.
    jack Kornfield seems like a wise man. I think I am following him on twitter…the book you are recommending must be special. I am totally in that stage right now. I do enjoy shorter books, because if they take too long to read the risk is they are never finished.

  • Wendy

    I enjoyed this article so much, and would love a copy of your book!

  • JAF

    I find your blog interesting and very inspiring. 

  • Lolafalano

    what a gift tiny buddha is.  I am a daily subscriber, will share this on facebook as well.  thank you for the brief moments of reprieve I gain by these posts every day.

  • AP

    “When we feel hurt, or angry, or terrified, or weak, we often try to numb it in one way or another—sometimes because we’re afraid the pain will break us, and other times because we’re ashamed of just how fragile we are.”
    Sometimes the pain breaks you, but you realize that you can put yourself back together 🙂

  • Cindy

    I read this blog several times a week and it has a way of comforting me, right when and where I need it.  It is so easy to forget we are spirit who live in the material world.  Getting caught up in the woes of our physical body it’s easy to forget what is important.  When I read Tiny Buddha I am reminded and re-centered.  My souls journey is continually unfolding.  I am so appreciative of this blog with it’s straightforwardness and clarity.  It reminds me to pony up for the journey I agreed to, and calls me out to greater intentions.  It is both salve and encouragement for the dichotomous task of conducting oneself with  higher intentions in the oh so physical world. I am not yet the best person I can be, but I am better than I have been.  One baby step at a time I am getting there.  Thank you for the help.

  • Shannon


    Will also retweet

  • Anonymous

    Jack Kornfield is an inspiration. Thank you, Tiny Buddha, for also being an inspiration!

  • Deb

    This book does look good. I think I will check it out.

  • Lori: Thank you for your deep, honest, heartfelt sharing on your posts.  Jack Kornfeld is one of my favorite authors and teachers.  His wisdom has helped me through some of the challenging times in my life.  
    Blessings to you for great healing and health! 
    Blessings from a kindred spirit

  • Darmcnally

      I love your review – I want to read the book. Now is the perfect time! Regardless – thanks for spreading the word about Jack Kornfield’s latest book for empowering us in sorrow and darkness.

  • Moyercl

    We could all benefit from a path from darkness from time to time. That’s one reason I’m working on my masters in social work. Peace,, love, and social work …. And Tiny Buddha!

  • Czig23

    I would really like to read this….along with my husband who has issues not being able to forgive. I think this could help him and help me to guide him. I already have a few friends in mind to share this book with! Thanks for all your inspirational messages and peaceful pictures!

  • nancy

    this post reminds me that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear…

  • Liz

    Jack Kornfield is one of my favorite authors. 🙂

  • April Cooper

    Definitely a book I need to read…I’m very ready to face my tears. If I don’t win a free copy, I’ll be purchasing it. Sounds like an amazing book.

  • I love Jack! And You! And I would love to read this!

  • Pameadows

    Wow.  It is amazing how you can receive a message and strikes you to the core.  As soon as I read the quote, “Sometimes we have to go right into the fire in order to find our true healing”  I knew I had to  read this book.  Immediately, I resonated with the concept that you have to work through the darkness to embrace the light.  I thought that perhaps I could find it at the library, but I love that there is a chance to win this book. Thank you! Love Tiny Buddha that much more!

  • cristina

    I cannot wait to get a hold of this book. Looking forward to the read 🙂

  • Jacque Shannon

    i need some new insight on life!! i am also waiting on some test results & just started nursing school!

  • Pma_1

    Thank you so much for sharing this book.  It looks like exactly what I need right now!


  • I think I share the Tiny Buddha’s quotes at least 5 times a week on FB. This book sounds great and I’m excited to know it’s available!

  • I would really appreciate a book of this nature in my life right now. I am at such a cross roads as far as taking a  brave & different approach to decisions, I don’t need coddling, I want answers to move forward & blossom ! 

  • melia

    i’m glad i am already subscribed to the wonderful wisdom of tiny buddha. i certainly could use this read right now



  • Even I don’t win a copy I’ll be picking it up. I found Buddhism as a direct result of personal tragedy and suffering so this seems oddly relevant.

  • Heatherwhea

    Finding out about this book could not come at a better time. 

  • Akavanagh

    This looks like an essential read, as this has been a life full of difficult times.

    Would love to win this book!

  • Ms Sarahfk

    I take something away with me from tinybuddha every day. Thank you for existing!

  • Kate

    This book looks amazing. I am so ready to not be afraid of love anymore and to come to terms with everything in my life.

  • movistar26

    Whether I win or not, I will definitely get this book.  It couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I am in need of learning how to navigate through some difficult times I am currently dealing with.

  • Jenny

    Wonderful article! I would love to have this book to help me through the dark times and provide light. I am subscribing and retweeting. Thanks so much. 🙂

  • Dave H

    This looks very interesting and valuable! 

  • michelle

    I subscribe to Tiny Buddha already. I love reading the messages each day.  I liked it on facebook. I really hope to win this book. Sounds like it could change my life!

  • I love reading these posts. Thank you so very much!

  • Already subscribed, shared, and commenting now!  This is wonderful, thank you.

  • CSW

    Jack Kornfield is the man! I wish I’d had this book during the years I was facing infertility and think it might be a good one to share with my friends who are still waiting, hoping and grieving month after month…

  • DaleAnne

    I could so use this wisdom at this point in my life. I hope I win the book & CD, but if not I will buy it. Thank you –

  • Karyn

    Would love this book!

  • Kevin Hoxie

    Thanks Lori

  • H.A.

    I would love to read this book! This site has been such a help to me over the past year! I realized at one point that I had held my tears and sadness in for many years. Once I began facing that pain and sadness, and let those tears out, I found that I didn’t come apart (as I had feared I would), but that I felt more at peace. I really like the quote you chose about getting rid of the tears to make room for joy. I’m ready to find my joy again! 🙂

  • Foodee

    Always looking for more ways to better myself and this book sounds like a great one to add to my collection.  I’ve been on quite the spiritual path for about 3years now trying to define my higher power, quiet my mind, be more accepting of myself and others, let go of judgements and just be happy with who I am in this exact moment.  Its not always easy, I have good days and bad days but this is why I read a lot, meditate a lot and say positive affirmations and pray for peace. 🙂 

  • LB Esch (YellowTreeLB)

    Found TinyBuddha a few months ago through Twitter and it has been supporting and inspiring me daily ever since! The issues that have popped up in my life recently are admittedly not as earth-shaking as I’m sure some of your other followers have to deal with, but I’m of the opinion that the more we are at peace with our own lives, the better equipped we are to spread love to others! I would be honored to receive a copy of the book, and if not, I will head to the library =)

  • sounds like a book that could really help with my ptsd 🙂

  • Gnovack

    I already subscribe to this site.  I am posting this on facebook, and still hoping to win.  I am so interested in this book.  Thanks for the opportuntiy.

  • Gypzysoul

    I enjoy Tiny Buddha’s post and share them frequently. I think I ‘Stumbled Upon’ your site. Thank you for all the great articles. ~ Wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable long weekend.

  • “A Lamp in the Darkness” sounds like a wonderful book; both healing and inspiring. With the struggles/challenges I’m currently experiencing, as I understand we all are, I would love to receive a copy to read and treasure.

  • Brenda

    This sounds like a great boo. So many folks going through tough times right now. Thank you for your wonderful mindfulness messages.

  • Yay! Would be thrilled to have an excuse to do some me-time reading. Subscribed and re-tweeted. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Brenda

    Mindful, for even when the “k” sticks on your computer… 😉

  • Laurilie

    I’ve been a subscriber since the beginning and I never miss reading a post. I’ve lost track of the number of times your thoughts have fit my life issues at that time. Thank you!

  • leaseonlife77

    Sounds like an incredible book and even if i don’t win it i hope to find it soon; being in the dark, it’d be a good time for me to have help finding some light.  I subscribe to your blog and read your posts everyday mid-morning and they bring so much light and insight.  Thanks for all the work you put into your writing and reaching out and sharing. 

  • Ashleigh Yoerks

    My soul and smile need this book. Thank you for bringing it into my life.

  • “To escape from the wolves, you shouldn’t talk to them, you should kill them.”  The only way to progress and move forward is to face your fears. It sounds like this book will share ways to do just that. I am eager to read it.

  • YogaGirl

    This is the kind of book everyone needs.  I run a Women’s group that gathers each week to help empower each other in the world today.  Can’t wait to read it and share with them!  I also have a sister going through a difficult period and am trying to guide her to finding the solution within.  Thank you for the inspiring readings!

  • Brookerrollins

    Bring on the serenity! Namaste.

  • Anonymous

    Looking forward to reading it and passing it on.

  • Sashalucy191

    Such a great lesson.  Timely post! Thanks!

  • Val

    I am ready.

  • Susan Wilton

    Just love tinybuddha – so much goodness here.  Thank you for sharing. 🙂  Already subscribe and often RT on Facebook and Twitter, but will definitely RT today for a chance to win this wonderful book.  Thanks!

  • I just was listening to a wonderful interview with him on KQED’s Forum and now this! A sign I should read it…

  • Marisa

    Oh wow – the book looks amazing! And is exactly what I need right now after going through some extremely difficult times over the past 1.5 years that culminated this past month. I’d love to read this book as I transition out of a difficult time into one that I hope will be more hopeful.  Thank you for your beautiful blog –  I read it every day and your articles have given me a tremendous amount of support 🙂

  • Karen

    How do you forgive when the other person has passed on?  As an adult child of an alcoholic mother who died of her addiction, that’s something I haven’t been able to figure out, and I am still haunted by dreams in which I’m always struggling against her in one way or another.  My dearest wish is to be able to truly forgive, and free my soul of the hurt once and for all. Maybe facing the darkness in a whole new way is the path to lightening this burden. I’d love to read this book, and learn how to meditate on compassion and forgiveness. 

  • Scolletti1

    I’m looking to find forgiveness and peace after a painful life change.  I’m embarqing on a new spiritual journey and learning of my ‘gifts’ as a result.  I would love an opportunity to add this book and its’ teaching into my life as a source of comfort and transition.

    Much luv!

  • Posts always seem to be talking right to me. Can’t wait to read.

  • Robin kilburn

    I keep thinking I have it figured out, and along comes something that knocks the feet right out from under me.I am not looking for a quick fix, nor a short cut, but rather a teaching tool that will help me help myself. 
    I love you site Lori, and need this book, in my life, and library, to consult no doubt countless time again and again
    Thanks for you daily posts, they are wisdom and assistance to me.

  • Emilyteagarden


    I have always enjoyed Jack’s books and this one sounds perfect for me at this point in my life, in fact I have been looking for a book just like this.
    Thank you for showcasing his book.


  • Grannie Annie

    Very grateful that a FB friend turned me on to this site!  Looking forward to the daily emails and reading the book!  

  • Great blog and great book suggestion. Thanks!

  • Btrfly516

    Thank you for your review of this book! It comes at a point in my life, where it is much needed. I look forward to the opportunity to absorb the wisdom in its pages:)

  • Sharing…

  • I just subscribed to Tiny Buddha and I’ve “liked” the page on Facebook as well. Heard Jack Kornfield on Michael Krasny’s Forum this morning, and it piqued my interest in the book, which I’d love to read. He still has the magic, despite going through difficult times himself. I found it fascinating. And I loved it when he said “You’re not alone.” His voice carries a lot of authority, and kindness…


  • I am a survivor of abuse and,  if I don’t win, I think this book could be just what I need to fully heal. Getting to the root of the problem is ideal and can aid in the healing process. Abuse has caused relationship issues, distrust, and depression. I work on this myself everyday and MUST get this book 🙂

  • Nish

    very good blog, timely and interfaces with most social networks, the book sounds interesting! will gift it to a friend if I win

  • Phoenix

    I love Tiny Buddha and Jack!

  • maurine

    Would love to read the book and be able to share the lessons with others in my life

  • Hbtcalhoun

    I don’t know this book and I’ve never read anything by Jack Kornfield but I have a feeling I’ll love it.

  • Rongzan

    I’ve only been following Tiny Buddha for some weeks, but to my surprise, I feel a great connection with many of the wisdoms. Will definitely continue reading! Sometimes common sense ain’t common at all. The numerous insights I’ve gleaned from here were important in reinforcing my beliefs and thoughts, which might have been lost amidst the daily routineness and busy/hectic lifestyle many of us lead today. Dr. Kornfield has put profound learnings elaborately into simple logics that could be easily assimilated and practised upon to find my inner peace. Problems are only problems if we associate them to self. Techniques for detaching ourselves from them such as Dr. Kornfield’s approach of entering our own darkness to seek the internal light are greatly beneficial for regaining control of our lives.

  • Jeff

    I have learned so much from Jack Kornfield over the years.  I told my son that if he wanted solid information on Buddhist meditation, Jack Kornfield should be the very first author he read.

  • if ya’ll like this, i recommend the book “When The Impossible Happens” by Stanislav Grof. =]

  • Jill


  • Kalina

    Great information!  There is good and beautiful in all religions, and if people could only open their minds to that very fact, we could really learn from each other, and make the world a whole better place (though it’s beautiful as it is).  Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Ellenp

    Jack Kornfield is wonderful.  Thanks for a chance to win!

  • I’m a fan of Jack Kornfield’s work and am excited to check this book out!  I’m already subscribed to the Tiny Buddha list but I will post this on Twitter as well.

    Thank you, Lori!

  • Keeganrm

    Jack Kornfeld has a wonderful way of making the information you really need accessible. I look forward to reading his newest.

  • Candi B.

    This is a timely post. I have recently lost a baby and there are days when I feel like I’m going to make it and others where I can barely put one foot in front of the other.

  • Hazel

    This book sounds like one that everyone could benefit from. Thanks for the recommendation. Hazel x

  • Nell88

    Can’t wait to read it!

  • Beckihrh

    Sounds like a good read!

  • rousse

    I’ve read some of Jack Kornfield’s work before, he’s very good at getting straight to the point you manage to miss…

  • Denise

    I would enjoy to read this book.  I love getting Tiny Buddha daily to my inbox (it amazes me how often it will “hit home” with the mood/tone of my life that day) and often share them with friends.

  • Twoodruff

    I just went through a difficult and unexpected divorce. This book sounds like something that would help me through this challenging time.

  • Nisanch

    This book sounds great!! I am joining!

  • Having made it through breast cancer, I still have feelings of helplessness because you don’t ever really have control over your body.  You think you do, but anything can go wrong at any time.  Fear has been a common part of every day for me now.  Fear it will come back, fear next time I won’t be able to deal with it or the emotions it brings with it.  This book may help.

  • mydogwontbite

    i was just looking at this book today and thinking it would be perfect for what i’m dealing with right now. was planning to pick it up for the long weekend, but maybe i’ll win my copy now. 🙂

  • Matt

    Thanks for the recommendation! It could not have come at a more opportune time.

  • I believe that things/people fall into your lap at the perfect moment. This book seems to have done just that. I signed up for daily emails & sent a RT on my Twitter 🙂

  • Itsme1963

    This sounds like a ‘must read’ for my friends and I. You see, we have all lost children and coming to any sort of peace seems an impossibility. I lost my 26 year old son, 5 years ago and the pain never seems to be far from my heart. I have read many books on grieving and loss but the ‘get over it and move on’ is impossible. This passage caught my eye as I scanned the post…

    *”This isn’t a book that urges you to smile, let go, and move on. Instead
    it takes you deep into the darkness of your pain to help you access your
    internal light—what Kornfield calls “The one who knows.”*

    I want to be “the one who knows”… that I can share with others that are searching for an inner peace.

  • Tara_beckmann

    I shared the link because I know others like myself that could certainly benefit from reading it. I would love to win a copy to read, then share with members of my family because we truly enjoy anything that helps point us in the direction of finding that inner peace and wisdom. Namaste. 

  • Whitney

    I would love to read this book.  It sounds like a read that anyone and everyone can benefit from!

  • Jcyoda

    This book would be great for me right now I am now working on releasing alot of stored up anxiety from the past and present.

  • Cjreinhard1

    One of the most difficult assignments my therapist gave me when I was dealing with clinical depression was to “sit with my emotions.”  I was terrified I would get lost there.  When I finally gathered my courage to do this, it wasn’t easy, but I did survive.  Kornfield’s book is the reinforcement I need to move from doing this work in my head and heart, to doing it in my soul.

  • Laurap

    Jack Kornfield is an amazing teacher.  I use his meditations on a daily basis.  They have enhanced my life and given me an inner peace.  Can’t wait to read this new book.  It would be nice to win.

  • GW

    I really like Jack Kornfield’s work.

  • Kat

    Would love to win this but am definitely going to read it whether I win or not. I really like how this post approached dealing and facing the pain, jumping right into the fire, instead of numbing it out. Lately I think I’ve been using relaxation and stress techniques but only to numb out. So thanks for a nudge towards that realization.

  • I would definitely love to read this book. Since losing my job in May I have been completely lost about where I am going in life. So much has happened in such a short amount of time I could use some help.

    Also, I am subscribed to your mailing list. 🙂

  • Ele Scott

    ‘A Lamp in the Darkness’ is quite symbolic of holding on to the merest glimmer of hope in the midst of life’s emotional and physical ‘tests’.
    I have experienced emotional turmoil and pain to the extent of being left feeling ‘on the edge’ and wondering what on earth could I have possibly done to deserve being made to feel this way. In almost every instance, I can identify that the actions of others have directly lead me to feeling this way. Not wanting to transfer blame, I fully accept I would need to allow others to make me feel this way but my personality has always been caring, to the extent of continually putting the needs of others before my own.
    I have experienced physical, chronic pain to the extent of complete exhaustion, having only the strength to climb into bed and sleep like a new born.
    For a period of time, spanning over several years, I have lived with the combination of emotional and physical pain and I have been forced to look deep into myself to make sense of my mere existence in this cruel, unfair world.
    I have learned that the troughs very quickly turn into peaks if I don’t expect great things and I am happy and content with the simple things in life.
    I cherish walking with my faithful, four legged companion who is mute but speaks to me via his body language and his wonderful, brown eyes.
    I accept that my children, one in particular, were given to me to teach me life’s lessons and to make me a stronger, more confident human being.
    I realise that it has taken the best part of thirty years for me to find a career in which I am able to be the professional person I always dreamed of being.
    I know I yet have lots to learn and I embrace change as it means I remain youthful.
    I am not a religious person by any stretch of the imagination but I have found an ‘inner strength’, a ‘light’ which, due to my experiences, continually glows and I know I will always be ok.
    I ‘radiate’ this ‘light’ through my everyday interactions with my family, friends and colleagues and I am happy to have experienced ‘dark’ times, as they have added fuel to my tiny flame.

  • Amy

    Thank you for the recommendation, I would love to have a copy.

  • Lindsay Dryada

    I would love to read the book! I always enjoy your buddha posts, which appear in my inbox every day. 🙂 Thank you! (RT via Dryalantha)

  • Jjannhasten

    I need this book. Just at the right time… usual 🙂

  • Jayakrishna Vijayan

    I am a daily reader of tiny Buddha, It helped and does its procees of building me strong day by day, I am Thankful to Tiny Buudha.. Take it forward to raech out more people, and to make human beings strong in their mind.. I too taking this mission to help out as many people as possible, by propagating through word of mouth, social media’s(facebook, twitter etc)


  • Jitterytoo

    Humans don’t usually want to get in touch with their pain. It’s always self-preservation, then we get entrenched in the habit. We can never grow or learn the lessons we’re here for without dealing with all the pain in our lives.

    I would really enjoy reading this book. I’ve still got a long way to go, but I’m steadily working on these issues.

  • Nic

     Subscribed and Facebooked. What a wonderful prize!

  • I have just come through the first year after my husband died of cancer at 44. I was his carer and have three kids to bring and keep me busy. We were together 22 years.  I am very much needing a light in the darkness and this book looks like it would help me. I have found Buddhism really comforting throughout the last year or two and discovered it through a hospice called Karuna that helps people with home palliative care. Would love to read this book. I love this blog every day and it has been really helpful.

  • Colleen

    This book looks great and I would love to read it, to help with some difficult situations I too have been presented with this year.

  • Pamela Stendardi

    This article really spoke to me as I struggle with a disbilitating injury. It is hard and sometimes depressing to be so limited and in chronic pain. I have learned a lot of lessons from this experience and have tried to stay positive. Not easy. This book I’m sure would be an inspiration to hold on to.
    Thank you for posting it.

  • Ami

    I subscribed! Thanks for the chance to win. I’d really love to read this.

  • Kj Macdonald

    Love this post and all posts from TinyBuddha!  Read the quotes and stories every morning to start my day on a positive note!

  • Connie

    There have times recently,when I feel so overwhelmed with the anxiety and panic that comes from hyperthyroid disease, they take a terror of thoughts and the fear that comes with it to new heights. I came across your site, while searching for ways to help myself, your words have helped on many days. I look forward to reading this book.
    Thank you for sharing calming thoughts and the idea that we can walk through the storms, maybe a little wind blown but in the end, calmer and more at peace

  • Ami

    And I posted to my FB page, too.

  • Kathleen

    Jack Kornfield was the first Buddhist author I read..I came across an older book of his in a used bookstore. It was profoundly moving and very helpful at a time in my life that I was facing changes and new challenges.
    I am grateful to have found your website and would really appreciate a chance to receive a copy of this new book. I live on a fixed income and it would be a blessing.
    Thank you!

  • Robin

    “Something holy happens when we’re strong enough to turn and face the tears we’ve held inside. It creates a space inside us that we can honorably fill with joy, once our tears have all been wept out completely.” ~Jack Kornfield
    ~says it all~

  • Pennie

    I’ve been receiving your list for what seems like forever.  There are many,  many times it’s been a light at the end of my darkness.  I am bi-polar and have anxiety disorder.  There are days when it’s hard to go out of the house, let alone my bed.  Many of your posts have helped me tremendously in my journey through mental illness.
    Through you and your various writers I found Pema Chodron and she’s become one of my best friends through her writings.  I have also heard about Jack Kornfield, but have never read any of his work.  I find the fact that it comes with a cd of guilded mediatations especially interesting.  My therapist is working with me on meditating and getting my “monkey mind” to calm down and be open.  I’m sure his meditations would be a tremendous help.
    Thank you for offering this special gift.  Whoever receives it will be truely blessed.

  • Daryl Meissner

    Comment 175. You know you can get people commenting when something free is to be had.  What if I don’t have a facebook page or twitter account? Does that mean I cannot win? boo hoo… tch who am I kidding? Of course I have a facebook page.  I also have a twitter account but I don’t remember any of the account info… Guess i am not much of a tweeter.  Remember when a tweeter was part of your speakers?

  • Steve

    Thanks for sharing some of your fears, which are not unlike our own. And for letting us know that there is a way to live with the fears.

  • Amy

    I would really like to read this book. 

  • Jeet

    Love how you finished it in two days! Great recommendation!

  • I really would like this book!. My thinking has become so negative within in the last few weeks, I think something like this is what I need in order to get going in the right direction again.

  • This looks like an amazing book. I really hope I win this! My mom is actually taking a class on compassion that deals with exactly what this books talks about and I bet this could really help her in that class! She has a very hard time accepting her limitations and working through them. Something I inherited from her in fact. I can’t even imagine how much this could help my siblings as well!

  • Yin-Yang-Girl

    This book looks great! Jack Kornfield was the first Buddhist author I have read. I will get this book even if I won’t win. This book sounds like what I need at this moment of my life to help me to love life again like I did before(and share it with friends and family.)

  • Yay…. My birthday is near and I wish I could win this book for my birthday present. I have already subscribe to tinybuddha few months ago. So I just need to comment, share it on facebook & twitter,  then hope and wait for the book to be sent to me on my birthday… Hopefully 🙂 Can’t wait for that moment to come true…. 
    I would like to thank you for your wonderful post and blog also…. Glad to know this blog….

  • theriw

    I work in a middle school and we are always teaching life lessons about character, accountability, kindness, graciousness, self respect and respect for others. This would be great reading to reinforce our sense of self so we can continue to pass if along to our kids!

  • Madeline2525

    Great concept for a book, filled with truth.  Sounds like something I might need right now.

  • DivineWindWellness

    If I do not face my Darkness I visit it upon others. Would like to read this book.

  • Melanie Commons

    Every time I open a new post from Tiny Buddha it always resonates with something that I am going through or feeling at that time. Almost as if it was sent as a ‘gift’ to me. Thank you for all of your love, honesty and guidance! I am a Yoga teacher and Australia and have often used your posts as inspiration for my gorgeous students. This book sounds like a fantastic read…fingers and toes crossed that I win it. If not I shall buy it! Peace and humble vibrations.x

  • lil ewok

    Sounds like a new way to view difficulties….a must read!

  • Thanks so much for letting me know about this book as The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield, another lovely book that asks us to move in closer to our true essence truly served as my safe harbor when experiencing the treatment triathlon for cancer. I sense that A Lamp In the Darkness furthers that journey to lean in to our deepest secrets, fears, and terrors leading us to a life of peace and contentment. What a wonderful give-away, too.

  • This book would make a difference for me a lot at this time, and regardless if I win I’ll have to recommend it to a friend whose having a bit of a heartache at the moment. Thanks for sharing your review! 


  • Already subscribed here. I’ll go and RT on twitter after writing my comment here.

    “This isn’t a book that urges you to smile, let go, and move on. Instead
    it takes you deep into the darkness of your pain…” Quite the recommendation. 😉 Only in the spiritual community could a review comment like that make people want to read the book rather than want to avoid it.

    I can’t imagine a life that wouldn’t need the help of A Lamp In The Darkness from time to time. Everybody should have such a book sitting on their shelf, handy for those times. Lori, I entirely trust your recommendation, especially because it comes from the heart of having read it during your own recent darker times. Hoping to win…… here I go to complete part 3 of your assignment.

  • I’m excited to read this book whether I win or not!

  • Shel

    It is one of those nights. The fragile kind. Possibly tomorrow will be a stong day. I have no problems or losses worse or more than anyone else. We all have days when we simply FEEL these feelings more intensely than the day before. Flip the obsessive mind loop switch ON! Oht! Now why can’t I shut it OFF?!? Maybe Kornfield will help us to dive straight down in to find the treasure of understanding how to recognize and deal with our issues instead of drivin’ the NASCAR loop in our minds until we crash. Thank you for the daily wisdom! I would like to read this book regardless of the win. Who can’t use new tools!?!

  • Lotusrainfive

    Love tiny buddha, so much wisdom always a pleasure to read, and Jack Kornfield such awesomee writer, and teacher

  • I’d love to read this book, as I’m in a position where my father has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and I’m trying to be present day-by-day to what’s *really* going on inside me and letting it happen as it needs to happen. I’ve also heard a few of Jack Kornfield’s lectures on the Zencast podcast that IMC do, and found him a thoroughly engaging and inspiring speaker.

    However, that said, I’ve read the comments below and I don’t think I need the book quite as much as some of your other commenters – plus I’m fortunate enough to have a library membership (and my library has a copy of it!), so I can access the wisdom in the book without depriving someone else of the chance to do so :-).

    So please don’t enter me in the competition, but thank you for bringing the book to my attention – and thank you as well for the ongoing insight and thought-prompting articles you share.

  • Anonymous

    I read tiny buddah on a regular basis (the blog) and always catch you on Facebook.
    I would love to read this gem of a book.

  • Rldonnelly1217

    The book sounds wonderful, but what I wanted to say more than that is that Tiny Buddha is thee only email I’ve subscribed to in my life that I haven’t unsubscribed to within a few days or weeks. I’ve been getting it steadily for awhile now and I can’t tell you how much I absolutely LOVE it! 

    Sometimes the lessons written don’t really ring true for me at the time, but MOST times, they are spot on for me at that moment, like they were written just for me! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read them aloud to my husband with tears streaming down my face. All he could say when I was done reading to him, was “WOW!” 

    I’m sure if this author is anywhere HALF as good as you are here, the people that win the book will be helped in their time of challenge and difficulty. I can’t thank you enough for this site, blog, e-newsletter… all of it! Kudos to you for teaching us that we have enough, do enough and are enough. So refreshing! 

    A Tiny Buddha lover ~ Robin Donnelly

  • Anonymous

    I am glad the book is accompanied by a meditation CD. Look forward to “doing the work of the soul”

  • Lynnm28

    I am on a difficult path right now. I started out w/ high hopes for the future, but am rapidly losing faith in myself and my vision. This book would be a real blessing!

  • Elizabeth R.

    I would love to read this book! Right now I feel like I am in one of those dark places (which is how I found in the first place).  I’ve gotten so many gifts of light from Tiny Buddha already.  Even if I don’t win this book I will be sure to either purchase this book or borrow from the library. 

  • Dana

    Thank you for sharing Tiny Buddha:) You make my day nicer and nicer every time! 
    You describe the book like a MUST READ, so it has to be and everyone can benefit reading the book.
    Thank you again:)

  • Monia

    Even though there are tons of comments already and all hoping to have luck on winning a copy I too wanted to write a line… This post really came at the right time, so I print the post and keep it and def. will get me a copy no matter what… thanks for the post!!

  • Diana Dhoffmann

    Thank you Lori for the book review- winning or not- I will def. read it 🙂 I am very thankful for the love & honesty you put in your daily posts- every single time I read it it fulfills me with so much joy, gratefulness & serenity. Sending Love & Light!! 

  • SugarDestiny

    This book looks like a amazing read. It seems like a book for everyone in each part of their life.

  • Sometimes things that you need to read or see come across your path… this is one of those times.

  • Gretchen

    This looks like a great book.  I work in a domestic violence shelter, and we are always looking for new materials to use in support group.  I’ll definitely check this one out!

  • Maleah

    The stars are aligned and this is the book for me, NOW! I love it when I hear quotes or comments that directly affect my heart in this moment. I would read this/listen to the cd and pass them along to other open hearted friends. 

  • I am very excited to read this new book. Jack Kornfield is an amazing teacher and a beautiful story teller. He is my teacher’s teacher, so there always be a place in my heart for him.

  • Marlene

    Completed all three steps and now I can only wait and hope that this will be my lamp in the darkness that appears to have consumed my life. If I can dwell in the darkness, make peace with it and allow it to be a teacher and friend rather than my enemy, I know good things are happening and being led into my life. Good luck to everyone who’s struggling, whatever your battle, remember how extraordinary and precious life is!

  • Marsiana

    Thank you so much for this wonderful post. I cant wait to read this book 🙂



  • Thanks.

  • Sandy Lynn

    This looks like a wonderful resource. I’ll be adding it to my to-read list, and thank you for sharing.

  • Christine

    Tiny Buddha, to me, is a lamp in the darkness.

  • If I win a book, please send it to Ele Scott because I like what she has said.

  • Sounds like a fantastic book!

  • Sounds like a fantastic book!

  • Cyn

    As always, the message I need arrives right when I need it via Tiny Buddha. Thanks for this resource!

  • Jeremiah Walgren

    I think this book would help me a lot.

  • Great review! Jack Kornfield is amazing and this sounds like a great book- I would love to read it!

  • Beth

    I’ve spent the last six months wondering where my life is going and why. Removed from friends and family, unemployed and seeking insight on how to get out of this duldrum, meditation and time still haven’t given me an answer. I’ve been reading many books on enlightenment and seeking the wise words of people like Little Buddha… though I haven’t heard of this book. It would be great to win a copy, but if not, I will surely add it to my library book list. I seek a path that only I can find but the words and guidance of others forever will make this path more memorable.

  • Lin Hsiao

    Thank you for this blog and I am interested in Jack Kornfield’s work.  I’m in the midst of uncovering.  Hard.

  • Hope all goes well for you–sounds like a great book!

  • I tweeted the link too!

  • Noelle

    I love this concept of Lamp in the Darkness

  • Wee

    Jack Kornfield’s books have always been great resources, I’ll be sure to check out this one.

  • Helen

    I would love to read this book.

  • Mintrified

    i definitely need this at this moment…

  • TazRon

    My life has changed since discovering tiny Buddha. This book will be a great GPS for me to continue my journey.

  • Lv2terp

    Tiny Buddha has been a true inspiration and help to me in the last cpl months since I have found it! I read blogs everyday that are so wonderful, and full of amazing information and wisdom!!!  This book seems truly insightful and beneficial as well and look forward to reading it!! 🙂 Thank you again for your website Lori, I am VERY grateful!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • Juniper

    This sounds like a wonderful book.  I’m definitely going to need to read it.

  • Jasmine

    Please enter me in the contest 🙂

  • joy

    I’m facing a massively difficult challenge at the moment, piled on top of an already massively-challenging background of events and conditions. This challenge will last at least a year – a daunting and extended challenge wrought with all of the things I have tended to fear most throughout my life.  I’m hoping it will become a wonderful opportunity, though admittedly I observe quite a bit of fear at the moment. 

    Even the opening quote from this book as posted atop this article leads me to believe it could be a wonderful support as I embark upon this adventure; I’ll be working under some extreme conditions and unfortunately do not yet have full health, but I believe that somewhere inside I can draw the resources to not just get through, but actually succeed. I’d love to read this book as a means of supporting myself … So I can face this challenge and thrive through it, not just after it.  The theme resonates and is so timely.

    Thanks for the opportunity :o)

  • Sarah Hrabi

    Something about that last quote struck a chord in my heart. I’ve been describing my daily existence as being brave enough to face the hard truths, the niggling in the soul that cries out to be heard, the tears that need to be let out so that the soul can breath. To be brave enough to ask the hard questions. What is my soul really feeling, really wanting. When I feel vulnerable, afraid, alone I have to be cautious, as we all do, to not numb those feelings and ignore them but instead listen to them and love them, as part of us. Life is about the ups and downs… I guess it’s just finding balance in the days and… the light in the darkness! Sarah

  • Karla Gutierrez-Pugh

    I would carry this book everywhere all the time. 

  • Stephencd

    This sounds like the read i have been lneeding for a long time

  • Karin Starr

    This book, does sound like a really great help for my daughter who is presently going through a really hard time. I have been there myself struggling in the dark a few times in my life but still feel inadequete to offer her any worthwhile advice, as she is very defensive towards anything I try to say. That’s ok, I understand that, but I’d still love to help in whatever way she might be open too. She reads a lot, and it seems to make a difference for her. I gave her a printout of the quotes/lessons that I got when I signed up for your daily Tiny Buddha list, and she’s been quoting them quite a few times already. I’d love to win this book for her. Thank you for the chance.

  • Anonymous

    This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for entering me into the giveaway!

  • Yvonne Bird

    A Lamp in the Darkness….What an inspiring book that would be…I was in a relationship 4 years ago for 10 years…6 years of it were abusive…and I kept all of it from my family and friends not wanting to hurt or worry them!  about 12 months before I finally had the courage to end it…I joined a spiritual group having met a work colleague…I believe all things happen for a reason. And from this beginning, it certainly helped me through my many despairing moments…I still cannot describe totally what I went through…through many self help books and the spiritual group that gradually gave me the strength to make me in control of my own life instead of my then partner…! I have now met a lovely partner who has help me tremendously and whom I have shared and opened up my pain, but I believe…I still feel there is something I have not dealt with and I’m not sure what it is…I know forgivness is a huge thing to deal with…I have tried forgiveing, but I know it is not that easy to do…. If I am not one of the lucky people to win this book…I will certainly buy a copy…
    I love your daily wisdoms, they have helped me a great deal…but I believe this part of my life still has not been dealt with fully…and believe this book would certainly put me on track again.  Thank you once again
    Love, peace and light
    Yvonne x

  • Bke416

    I love the inspiration I get from your blog.  I will definitely put this book on my to read list. 

  • Annie

    If you are going through a storm in your like right now, as I am, a book like this will likely touch the heart on so many levels … I am looking forward to this read as part of my journey. – Annie

  • Bill Bryant

    I love Tiny Buddha! I get twitter updates & emails. Helps keep me focused and reminds me to be breath and be at peace. Thank you Tiny Buddha!

  • Susanx3

    This book sounds great. Either way, I will own a copy of it

  • Amy Smith

    Sounds like an excellent book.

  • Loopsydoop77

    I want to get all the tears out a and replace them with joy!

  • cynthiamv

    This book sounds like just the right guide at just the right time.  My best friend is about to be diagnosed with cancer for the third time and I have been struggling with how to best support her and be the best, most helpful friend I can be for her at this time, while separately dealing with my own pain and sorrow.  I would love to win a copy for her, while ordering myself a copy as well.  It sounds like it would help us both through this difficult time.  It is no surprise that I would learn about it from Tiny Buddha, which delivers words of wisdom to my inbox every Friday afternoon.  I so look forward to receiving it!

  • I believe that facing those deepest fears and hurts within ourselves is the only way we can free our souls to soar to their greatest heights.  While it is extremely frightening to go there we must acknowledge these places to ever move past them.  I think this book would help with this journey and not sugar coat the process.

  • Irma noguchi

    I’ll read this book regarless! I’m a Buddhist and LOVE your wisdom and kind words. I’ve been dealing w/a vile staker and you’ve kept my spirits up! My 7 and 9 year old boys always ask….What does Tiny Buddha says today! Thanks a million Lori

  • Tiffany Cunningham

    I would love to read this. The first time I heard of Jack Kornfield was in a book by Joseph Campbell. I’ve so far only read one of Jack’s books, but am constantly going back to it and being inspired by it. He’s a wonderful writer.

  • Fuzbar00

    I love the daily reminders from Tiny Buddha. 

  • Lori

    I already follow, and will Tweet as I_Make_Jewelry.  I don’t comment but this blog saves my day more often than you know.

  • Laurie

    Sound like a great book. Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Christine

    Wow- this sounds like a wonderful book!

  • I would LOVE to get a copy of this book, it’s exactly what I need right now.

  • K Stafford

    I need this book!

  • Alia

    I am dying to read this book!!!

  • Annie

    I love Jack Kornfield! 

  • Andymb3

    this looks a really fab read…hope I win a copy.If not I will buy.

  • Stephanie

    Thanks for what you do.  I share you articles often on my FB page (Work Stress Solutions).

  • Xuxi22

     This sounds like an awesome book.  I can’t wait to read it and share it with my friends.

  • borovicka

    This isn’t a book that urges you to smile, let go, and move on. Instead it takes you deep into the darkness of your pain to help you access your internal light—what Kornfield calls “The one who knows.”
    …This is a book I will read.

  • Jmac42807

    Thank you for the inspiring quotes everyday, they help beyond words.

  • Sarah N

    Right now, I would be gifting this book to my sister. She is struggling and anything I can do to help her I will.

  • Loverbug

    I would love to get my hands on this book!! <3

  • Soapwrangler

     love tiny buddha, your quote really encourage me.

  • P_poarch

    I have some tapes and the book would enhance them greatly 

  • Michael Rollins

    I’ve always enjoyed Noah Levine’s work which was heavily influenced by Kornfield, so knowing that he’s coming out with a new, promising book is good news to hear.

  • Ellen Eder

    this would be a helpful book to read right now. thank you for the chance to win it here : )

  • Gentleheartedmama

    Thank you for sharing this book and the daily wisdom I find on your blog and the quotes you share.   

  • Joanne

    Me too!!!

  • Vinicius Lisboa

    Excelente livro!!! Com certeza irá enriquecer e muito a nossa visão sobre os eventos que nos acontecem, muitas das vezes sem que os planejemos. Todos os leitores do Brasil ficarão muito felizes!!

  • thank you for Tiny Buddha.the readings are refreshng and inspiriational.

  • christy

    This sounds fantastic! I’d love to read it and then pass it on!

  • Cerelyn

    The quote about facing our fears and sorrows seems particularly apt for me at this time in my life.

  • Joanne

    This book sounds like just what I need to love myself again.

  • thank you for Tiny Buddha. the readings are inspirational and reflective, not an easy feat.

  • Deenahillphoto

    What timing! This sounds like a great book. Like many, I am going through a pretty terrible time. Trying to figure out where my path is leading and how I’m going to make it through. Never before have I truly felt so out of control, but I’m learning to deal and live in the process.

  • Heather B

    I am so glad I clicked on this link. I have so many things I am trying to work through with being a single mom, full time student, and trying to find ‘closure’ to my past right now so that I can go on.. I think this book would be very helpful to me.

  • Wren

    I subscribed and RT’d.  Going through a seemingly endless cycle of chronic pain/illnesses, this seems like an actual ray of light… <3

  • Kimedwards66

    I’m eighteen and I’ve just established myself as a buddhist. This book seems to have come into my life just at the right time. 

  • Jamomma69

    I look forward to the possibility of having some clarity and peace in my life after a divorce that will not end, moving  3 times in three years, being in an unsatisfying career, and dealing with living alone much of the time when I was never alone before.  So although I am trying to clear all the self help clutter from my life, if i can read this book and take from it some valuable thoughts and lessons, I will pass it on to others in my circle who may need the support it offers. 



  • Rabbitfish24

    Hi, Lori:  Thank you for visiting my inbox everyday – I look forward to starting my mornings with you.  A lamp in the Darkness comes at a significant time in my life for it’s particular message – I am a great fan of Dr. Kornfield’s work and have several of his other books.  Namaste.  Marian

  • Kim

    Looking forward to reading the book!  I am going through a difficult period and know I need to work with it and feel it and not push it away.  

  • Mindy Jenkins

    Been hitting a new low over the past two years. Looking for some insight and the light again.

  • subscribe to tiny b on fb 🙂

  • Vanitafl

    Bringing the shadow side into the light. Thanks

  • Kristin

    This is very interesting and thanks for the wisdom you post on Facebook.

  • ahappymedium

    Look forward to your posts daily<3

  • This sounds like a fantastic book.

  • Alexandreandbill

    This sounds like the perfect book for me to read right now.  I have never been so off-center from life’s challenges, and am continually surprised at the impact … but this is life!  I know this!  I know so many people whose lives have changed after hearing, working with or reading books by Jack Kornfield.  I am open and ready to let the words right in.

  • Chris

    I <3 Tiny Buddha!

  • Santafebites

    Much like the 12 steps, you have to confront your past in order to move on to the future. 

  • Lonniel L Jones

    I am subscribed, and here is my comment:  Jack Kornfield is one of the best authors I have read.  I really hope I win this book to add to my collection.

  • Winstress

    My next read for sure

  • Albernfrau

    This book sounds perfect for where I am at right now…I have a severe back injury that has kept me pretty immobilized for the past three years. I have hit my bottom…feeling raw…I think I am ready for what this book has to offer.

  • Ccwrightr

    We al can use some help with our inner fears to be able to face them and recognize them.

  • this book looks amazing and much needed….

  • Sounds like a great read! I’d love to read this one!

  • oops…i linked my page when signing is as a guest but did type “.blogspot” in it before “.com” 

  • Prairie Sky

    SARK recommends Jack Kornfield; that'[s enough for me to be interested.

  • Ayameinlove

    This sounds amazing!

  • Trude

    I love the daily reminders from Tiny Buddha…so much wisdom and ♥. This is a book I want to read 🙂

  • JJ

    The timing is perfect with all the change and stress in my life right now.

  • erica

    This book title reminds me of a favorite song lyric from another buddhist –
    “Ring the bell that still can ring, forget your perfect offering.
    There’s a crack – a crack in everything,
    That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen.

  • Jianina Pagliarini

    RT @tinybuddha Book Giveaway and Review: A Lamp in the Darkness

  • Daniel67

    I am looking for a better way. I would like to open some doors and better understand my Life.

  • Linda

    I have come to enjoy all that I read on the facebook page for Tiny Buddha. It is truly inspirational! I can only hope that this book could help me become better and stronger on my journey in this life.

  • Spirit2

    would to read please 🙂

  • I think this is just what I’m looking for… Love and light. x

  • Roberta

    Sounds like a book that I found at the right time.  

  • Jackie

    This was such an amazing article, this book is a MUST READ =)

  • Brenda

    Jack Kornfield is an amazing writer, I am looking forward to reading this book!

  • 1) Already subscribed and love the Friday weekly reviews

  • This book sounds awesome.  I love easy to read books that are so right on and poignant that can you put it down and you get so much out of it. 

  • Deb

    I am burning in the midst of the fire now and need this book, not want, need this book. Fate has brought me to this page for a reason and I can only let out a sign of relief at the synchronicity in my life. No, spirit has not abandoned and while I am currently burning up, the pain will not break me. I sense a cool breeze coming to carry me aloft on the wings of love and spirit. Divine intervention once again working its magic. Namaste!

  • Tombo0412

    Coolio. JK is the business…check out his talks on DIY Dharma. x

  • Cindy

    Every day I learn something new reading Tiny Budda.  I love learning about how to add peace to my life.

  • Judy

    ‘The Wise Heart’ was an exceptional book,  I’m very much looking forward to  ‘A Lamp in the Darkness’.

  • Em Dub

    Looks like a great read!

  • Honogiirl

    Looks good!

  • Liz

    Always, it seems, I have felt the need to “go into the fire” so that I can come out refreshed and renewed. But I always grasp for an escape when I begin to feel the heat. I spend so much of my life trying to hide from life…playing it safe. it is time to start living and face my fears.

  • RH

    Sounds like just the thing to guide toward inner healing.

  • Jazzz102

    I ready many inspiring books- ive not come arcoss a book  that does   NOT encourage to , let go, and move on. Really, sometimes you just cant let go so easly and move in. The books appears to have topics that effect us all and strangely how we actually deal with them. I will defo be purchasing this book even if  I dont win a copy. Thanking you Lori fo r attracting this book to us allxxx Love and light

  • Maur

    Posted on my FB page … thanks, M

  • LOVE this site!

  • Adairgmcintyre

    As a newly single mother and beginning a program to teach special needs children…my spirituality is a very important part of my life. This book sounds very inspirational and comforting. I enjoy your posts and blog very much. Thank you for the positive light that you are sharing in our lives.

  • Amy

    Simply put……I love it. Very timely.

  • Ashley

    Thanks for the great giveaway! love your daily emails and reminders 🙂

  • Heather

    I love this quote: “Something holy happens when we’re strong enough to turn and face the tears we’ve held inside. It creates a space inside us that we can honorably fill with joy, once our tears have all been wept out completely.” ~Jack Kornfield

    I’ve been trying to explain this to my clients for years but could never find the right words. This quote alone has convinced me to read this book. Looking forward to reading it.

  • DaisyD

    The book sounds so interesting…I can’t wait to read it, and then pass it on to others that can use this book!

  • I’ve been so busy this week I must have missed this earlier… glad I caught it today.  I honestly thought I had already subscribed but I guess I was just reading from the fb link.

    Have a great holiday wkend Lori!

  • Kimmim123

    It is time to finish this important work with myself!!!  

  • Ramya

    Thanks for the opportunity.  love reading the gentle thoughts of jack based on dhamma (the teachings).  

  • Dttl90

    This book sure looks like a book that would benefit a person going through a difficult time. Just with the couple of passages posted from the book, it seems to remind people that its ok to feel scared but then how to not let fear conquer you.

  • Melissa

    Ready to move from the inside out…

  • I’m currently in the midst of the dark night of the soul. I’ve been praying for God to send me people and resources that will help me make it through the shadow of the valley of death. I believe and this book giveaway are ways He is answering my prayers. Thank you.

  • I can wait to read this book.

  • Likethebigsky

    After the initial blow of a devastating and life-altering experience I went to see a counselor.  He wanted to guide me through a “meditation” exercise.  Before I allowed him to begin I asked what the purpose of the exercise was.  He responded that it would help me to get over my sadness.  Somewhat confused by his answer, I replied, “If I do that how will I know what it is trying to tell me?”

    I didn’t go back to counseling and instead have stuck with my own truth, a truth that has led me again and again to deeper depths of my sadness.  It hasn’t been easy and sometimes I have dreaded the call of that downward pull but I have trusted (mostly?) the imprint left by that initial impact and have followed.

    I believe that imprint, left in the moment when everything unessential was stripped away, was a glimpse of the lamp.  The quest for that lamp becomes the lamp itself.  When I lose sight of its light, my sadness draws me down to darker depths so that I may see it again and bring it forth into my reality.

  • Sharon Teavae

    This book sounds wonderful 🙂 “Sometimes we have to go right into the fire in order to find our true healing.” ~Jack Kornfield – I love this quote for its simple truth. Still releasing the tears, and finding it amazing to have joy fill up those spaces! Life flows more for me now than ever before, and I can see more clearly how to keep that flow going…

  • Julie Noe

    Out of all the self help, finding inner peace websites I’ve subscribed to, this one has helped me more than any other has. This is the only one now I subscribe to and I have to say no matter how I am feeling and no matter what I’m going through it always has given me a new perspective. I have passed this along to so many friends who find this just as inspirational as well. Thank you for all you do to help make life so much more meaningful…This book sounds enlightening!

  • I shall try to get my hands on this book. It’ll help me deal with my loss better. Thanks for the reco.

  • KB

    I love your work!  Thanks for being a positive prescence in our world and for sharing what you learn.  Jack’s new book is one I will have to read! 

  • JJ

    I have loved reading the emails from TIny Buddha.  I am also very interested in this book. I have had a heart attack and uncovered some things but still feel that there is more to uncover as I still have some problems. I am also very good friends and do some spiritua work with my friend who has been surviving stage 4 cancer for 7 years.  I think this is a great book to dive in together.  Thank you for all you do.

  • Angie

    this is a wonderful giveaway ~~ thanks for the chance, this book appears to be a wonderful resource.

  • Anonymous

    Me three!

  • Samantha

    This sounds like exactly what I need to read at the moment… I’m going through a bit of a self re-discovery phase – I appear to have become a little lost along the way and am currently working on turning the focus back on myself. 
    Can’t wait to read this – thanks tiny buddha x  🙂

  • Saratharaldson

    This book sounds like exactly what I need. I hope I win!

  • Michael

    Look forward to reading anything by Jack Kornfield

  • Laura Young

    Thanks for your regular bits of wisdom in my Facebook feed! 

  • Laura Young

    Thanks for your regular bits of wisdom in my Facebook feed!

  • Jennifer Miller

    I think I really NEED this book…

  • Ann Nordquist

    I love tiny Buddah’s FB page–I’m connected via there and now I’ve just signed up for weekly e-mails here. This book sounds wonderful. I have so many issues I’m working through with a few relationships that have been broken or lost due to my divorce a few years ago after being married for 25 years. I also have some issues of my own and this bookounds like a perfect medium/tool to help find balance again.  Light & love~~Ann

  • Julie Lombardo

    Subscribed and shared to facebook! I love this site and this blog and I can’t think of anyone who would not benefit from this book. 

  • Teresa Nelson Benson

    I love this perspective… I have already begun to talk up this book to my friends! 

  • linnaeab

    Hi Lori,

    may you be well. may you be happy.

    Reading the post about your own situation prompted me to put your name on two spiritual prayer lists, in addition to the unconditional love and Reiki already being focused on you and your life’s path with Tiny Buddha.

    It is wonderful that you introduced many people to the writing of Jack Kornfield. I have read “A path with Heart” and Wise Heart” many times, bought copies for others, and suggested people borrow them from their public library.

    I know you also read Pema Chodren who suggests leaning into the sharp edge of the sword.

    We of the “West” are fortunate to have such leaders (teachers) sharing their insight and making the Buddha’s teachings so readable and reachable. I studied many traditional texts, wading through scholarly translations that missed the heart.

    I hope that whoever wins these five copies will let the book really touch them, leave their fear on the side, and inspire others through their own lives. This is more than simply paying it forward, It is an attitude of not needing to be repaid.

    all my love,

  • Lorriebeaton

    I think this book looks so interesting…and is coming into my life just when I need it.  Thanks for sharing.  🙂

  • Wendy Sue Fellers

    I tweeted it and I would love to win this book!
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  • Satya Danu

    i want that book love jack kornfield

  • Satya Danu

    I love Jack Kornfield !

  • Satya Danu

    I love Jack Kornfield !

  • While there is no doubt that we are in challenging times, the truth is, we are always being pushed out of our comfort zone. I cannot wait to read this book.

  • Samantha

    Thank you for helping me turn some uneasy energy into something positive. This is energy I would normally harbor, but the first time in 35 years I am learning to work through this.  I am really excited about this book because I believe it will be a tool in my journey ahead.  Thanks for promoting something positive. 

  • Dalk37

    I have been “lost” for quite some time now, am currently looking to find my way again. 

  • I am Subscribed to Tiny Buddha, and I would really love to read this

  • Jennie

    Would love to have the chance to read this book. Thanks for posting the info. I actually post some of your articles on a website for moms. They are always met with positive comments and gratitude. Your website is truly wonderful and I enjoy all that you share with us. Thank you so much!

  • Shared giveaway on FB. (Anne-Marie Tvete)

  • Karen Meyer

    would love to check this out…about to embark on a 90 day transformation….could use the help 🙂

  • Neha Sharma

    Interesting. Wish I could gift it to my friend who is currently going through turbulent times. I liked the opening quote. Thank you!

  • Face my tears? I just learned to cry and it is a good thing.

  • Sara Stenberg Wildner

    I love Tiny Buddha posts.  They are always what I seem to need when I need it.  Can’t wait to read this book even if I don’t win it.

  • Sue Oaks

    Sadness and pain … we don’t usually want them in our life, for obvious reasons – they hurt! But allowing ourselves to actually feel them, though scary, reaps many rewards. I found this in taking on a natural birth for my second and third child – the pain was real, yes, but not impossible. I would like to own a copy of this book, as I feel I am ready to embrace emotions in their fullest capacity. I want to use it in my work, as I work towards becoming a Chaplain in palliative care and in my day to day work as a case manager with vulnerable women and families. Thankyou for sharing what sounds like a beautiful book.

  • Sheilah

    I really look forward to reading A Lamp in the Darkness.  I teach at a college where many of my students come from broken families, tragedies, poverty, etc., and I hope this book not only helps me personally, but provides me more knowledge and insight I can utilize to help my students succeed.

  • Angie M.

    I know I am to late but wow, I want to read this book. Sounds amazing 

  • moongoggle

    This book is exactly what I need now—to look deeply at my fears. I will definitle buy it!

  • Snow_white_five

    I was hoping for more help through reading this… not just recommending a book!  Bit of a disappointment!