Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Shambhala Classics) Revised edition [Sharon Salzberg] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying. A profound, yet simple book on practicing “metta,” or lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg, the founder of Insight Meditation Society. We can all benefit from the. quotes from Sharon Salzberg: ‘You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection’, ‘You can search throughout the .

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The traditional phrases as are taught, at least this one classical translation of them, begins with oneself:. Sep 03, Cindywho rated it liked it. I liked the gentle voice the book is written with – reminding readers on every page – we are all able and qualified to bring loving-kindness into the world – and most especially to ourselves.

The book reminds me how to sakzberg compassionate, especially towards those who cause pain.

So I’d give this book four stars ont the basic teachings, since she does a good job of presenting those, but only three on unique contribution – her stories for the most part didn’t really contribute much.

The Dalai Lama has said: I can’t give the average of three and a half stars, though, so I’ll err on the side of generosity – somehow fitting considering the subject matter of the book.

If it feels workable, bring to mind someone with whom you experience difficulty. The beauty of metta is that as we learn to see ourselves with clarity, we will then move from this cent A profound, yet simple book on practicing “metta,” or lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg, the founder of Insight Meditation Society.

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Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness by Sharon Salzberg

Goenka, which only gives a little place to metta, and had let me a bit confused on the subject. If you’ve wanted to start a meditation practice, or are simply interested in being kinder to yourself and to others in the world, this is such a worthwhile read.


The paperback copy I have has pages, not trade paperback? Thanks for telling us about the problem. This book is doing more to spread well-being than the many I’v read thus far. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn’t depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn’t depend on how long you’ve held on to the old view. Let them be able and upright, Straightforward and gentle in speech.

See if you can bring that person to mind.

She has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. Salzberg uses clear language lovinf includes many examples from her own life to illustrate her points, making the concepts she discusses highly relatable and shharon the more useful for that. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to do it. This is one of those beautifully written books I would recommend to everyone who is interested in Buddhist philosophy.

If the book resonates with you, you might also look into Salberg’s audio guided lovingkindness meditations. It covers all of the essential, told with a soft and gentle voice, with many concrete real-life examples, and little or none of the “technical details”. It’s all about trying to be a kinder, better person – always a bit of a squirm inducing subject, but definitely worth reading about. Still, there is no substitute for the depth of psychic experience achievable when the deepest teachings of the Buddha are thoroughly explored.

I particularly used this book to help me work through a lloving where I was so hurt, angry and betrayed by a family member that I couldn’t find the place in my heart to feel love. This thoughtful book kindnes with me. Some thoughts to contemplate: Very gently repeat them. It’s simply to say that in my life, I have kindess kindness as my highest purpose.

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

For Christians and other faith practitioners, metta offers a practical application of the Golden Rule and Jesus’ radical teachings on loving enemies.


Our fear of intimacy—both with others and with ourselves—creates feelings of pain and longing. Sounds simple enough, right? Mar 01, Sirpa Grierson rated it really liked it Shelves: Refresh and try again.

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May I be free from danger, may I know safety. As another reviewer pointed out, the chapter on generosity is especially inspiring, as it provides very concrete examples on things one can do to live better, even without having to go into intense meditation practice.

My heart is more radiant and joyful right now. I am convinced that this slim volume can be a major source of healing for the world. I love this book. Truly, if sakzberg human being on earth would read this book and apply the teachings our world would be a very different place. Salzberg is a queen in the meditation field, and although I own a few salzgerg her books, this is the first one I actually read.

Return to Book Page. This book was so essential in my Dhyanic breakthroughs, via, the Metta Bhavana. Read this for the second time in conjunction with a meditation group I was sitting with for six weeks.

I lovjng the guided meditation practices. Oindness have done a few retreats with her; she is a marvelous teacher who has incorporated the dharma deeply into her soul, or so it seems to me, and this natural affinity makes her explanations and examples more cogent than they might be from someone who was speaking more theoretically. Even as a mother protects with her life Her child, her only child, So with a boundless heart Should one cherish all living beings; Radiating kindness over the entire world: