20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2009
I bought this book a few years ago, in "small hardback" form. It has become my companion wherever I go. It's somehow comforting to know that it's always close to me.
Whenever I'm feeling a little afraid, a little unsure or a little lost, I can always pick up and read this marvellous little book. I often open it randomly & just read what it opens to. It's full of lovingkindness, it makes you feel good about being human & good about life itself. It helps to make sense of this crazy mixed up thing that we call life.
IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD TO READ THIS BOOK, I guess that's all that matters. Try it for yourself, you won't regret it.
53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2008
This may be personal to me, but I tend to fear that books on this topic will be a bit drippy, nebulously positive feelgood items. Happily, Sharon Salzberg is a true teacher in the Theravadan tradition and helps me move towards lovingkindness as i think it was meant. As she presents it, lovingkindness is clarity about the flaws in the world, ourselves, other people. Lovingkindness is a compassionate non-denial of what things are like. Oddly, lovingkindness turns out to be the antidote to fear. It opens us up to the world, rather than trying to drape existence in pink positive soft-focus light. Open, loving, fearless, accurate, non-narrow, non-petty; we've got a lot to thank the Buddha for, and this is a truly wonderful exposition by Sharon Salzberg. She provides great stories, deep understanding and, critically, the kind of precise, technical meditation tips that are the blessing of the Theravadan tradition. There are a lot of solid, traditional metta practices straight from the canon summarised in here. A book that I will be mining for years.
43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 1999
This is one of the few books I would actually read over and over. It's incredibly down-to-earth and is full of great quotes you keep in mind all day long. It invites you to think about your perception of yourself and others in a very different light. There is so much common sense in the buddhist way of relating to each other, but we don't often use our common sense.
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2002
I first came across this book in a monastery in Thailand, it can truly be life changing. It has practical meditations that help you learn forgiveness for yourself and others as well as greater compassion. I would recommend this book to anyone and frequently do :-)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2011
I've owned this book for a while now and I like to take it with me whenever I travel. I like to open its pages randomly and start reading. Whenever I do, I find that I am filled with peace, hope and a sense that I am enough and that I am filled with loving-kindness. I realise that what I am seeking is only a thought away and that I am surrounded by love, joy and compassion. Which, if you're going to read a book - is a wonderful thing to realise and feel. What's more...If feel this every time I pick it up and read it, even if i've read a particular paragraph a hundred times before.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2012
I find the book truly wonderful. It's a great supplement to my daily lovingkindness meditations. It offers an honest and very profound study of the mind. It goes into detail about the traditional lovingkindness practice, how you can integrate it in daily life and what pitfalls you are likely to encounter once you start practicing lovingkindness. It is written in a very kind and non judgemental way. I would definitively recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2011
Incredible book. I physically feel the glow in my heart for prolonged periods from reading and practising the teachings. If the world read this it would be heaven on earth.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 1997
While self-help books abound, promising deliverance from all that ails us, Sharon Salzberg's "Loving Kindness, refreshes. Her writings burn themselves clean...in that, one is not tangled up with an author presenting her version of a spiritual path, rather she is the path itself, unfolding for who ever wants to journey. From the opening lines in chapter one: "We can travel a long way and do many different things, but our deepest happiness is not born from accumulating new experiences. It is born from letting go of what is unnecessary and knowing ourselves to be always at home." to the last chapter, entitled, "Living Our Love", Ms. Salzberg writes with dignity and care about that which she deeply knows.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2013
We all have to find ways to weather the storms of our inner & outer lives. This book is an excellent guide in overcoming stuckness. Whether it is ruminations of the past, present situations or future planning. Putting the advice in this book into practice, can offer release from suffering that thoughts produce. Loving kindness was an alien concept to me. Suffering was normal. This is one of those books that has produced a profound shift in how I view myself and others. It has definitely guided me towards a life of less suffering.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2013
I have recently been down to my local fwbo and enroled on 2 meditation courses and also an essential buddhism course and this book was recommended to me to help with the metta meditation and back up what was been taught to us, it has been a fantastic insight to the writers life and has helped me understand what loving kindness meditation is all about, it brings up a lot of personal dilemmas which we come across in everyday life and how she managed to overcome those issues.An inspiring read.