"If only we could help each other build temples of forgiveness instead of prisons. We can. In our own hearts."


— Jack Kornfield, The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace


Jack Kornfield has been a Champion of Forgiveness for over 30 years and regularly speaks of the power of forgiveness in his Dharma classes at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, in Woodacre, CA. His book, The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace, has been proclaimed a classic in self-help books for its simplicity and effectiveness. 


Jack Kornfield was trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught meditation worldwide since 1974. He also holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He is a founder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Center. He lives with his wife and daughter in northern California. His previous books include After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, A Path with Heart, Seeking the Heart of Wisdom (with Joseph Goldstein), Teachings of the Buddha.

HEROES of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace


The designation of "Hero of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace" is bestowed upon those who have courageously and dramatically stepped forward to demonstrate and exemplify the concept of forgiveness, reconciliation and peace.


These are not necessarily famous people. They are often ordinary people who have chosen to express profound and genuine forgiveness in their personal lives. These people have experienced a transformation as a result of their act or acts of forgiveness and demonstrate how this change continues to manifest over time. Their stories can inspire and motivate ordinary people to act in a similar manner.


CHAMPIONS of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace


The "Champions of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace" designation is bestowed upon those whose professional work inspires and leads the way by defining, applying and spreading the concept of forgiveness reconciliation and peace.