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Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness [Mass Market Paperback]

Sharon Salzberg
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1 May 2008
Throughout our lives we long to love ourselves more deeply and find a greater sense of connection with others. Our fear of intimacy—both with others and with ourselves—creates feelings of pain and longing. But these feelings can also awaken in us the desire for freedom and the willingness to take up the spiritual path.

In this inspiring book, Sharon Salzberg, one of America's leading spiritual teachers, shows us how the Buddhist path of lovingkindness can help us discover the radiant, joyful heart within each of us. This practice of lovingkindness is revolutionary because it has the power to radically change our lives, helping us cultivate true happiness in ourselves and genuine compassion for others. The Buddha described the nature of such a spiritual path as "the liberation of the heart, which is love." The author draws on simple Buddhist teachings, wisdom stories from various traditions, guided meditation practices, and her own experience from twenty-five years of practice and teaching to illustrate how each one of us can cultivate love, compassion, joy, and equanimity—the four "heavenly abodes" of traditional Buddhism.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; Reprint edition (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590305574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590305577
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 787,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp, fresh, uncompromising 15 Mar 2008
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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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful book 17 July 2009
By Bodie
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly eye opening 14 Aug 1999
By A Customer
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.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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 :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that brings peace 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars clear and clean as the first brisk air of autumn 24 Sep 1997
By A Customer
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sincere and profound 2 Mar 2012
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loving Kindness 21 Oct 2011
By Chris
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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.
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The item arrived on time in good condition and I am very pleased with it. It s an inspiring book easy to read and understand, there are lots of guidelines to help us on our... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars I learnt a lot
There are very important principles in this book. At first, they seemed optional. Now, I see through my own experience that I can't afford not to treat myself and others with... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Great book, really inspiring. I read this on a relaxing holiday and came back full of peace! Good book if you are wanting to find out more about Buddhist practice.
Published 16 months ago by Louise Chisholm
5.0 out of 5 stars LovingKindness - splendid book
I read, and re-read this book, finding new inspiration each time. Based on Buddhist philosophy and practices, yet equally relevant for buddhists and non-buddhists.
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