His latest book is The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology.
Kornfield says, "Your brain will actually grow new parts and new neutrons depending where and how you direct your attention. In the same way, when you direct your attention to the training of compassion or the training of mindfulness of the body, mindfulness of thoughts, that too changes in measurable ways your nervous system."
He says about Barack Obama:
"I think he's going to lead from a place of great consciousness and integrity. He has a great deal of equanimity, even-handedness and that's something really important in these difficult times. He was judged for the content of his character and not the color of his skin, and that's a really beautiful thing to see. It's a very, very exciting time."
He says, "The point isn't to avoid difficulties, which we can't, but rather to realize that we can be present for the way things are."