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Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Shambhala Classics) Paperback – September 3, 2002
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Sharon's latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, published by Workman Publishing. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (2010), Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier with Robert Thurman (2013), Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (2002), and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995).
Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work. "Each of us has a genuine capacity for love, forgiveness, wisdom and compassion. Meditation awakens these qualities so that we can discover for ourselves the unique happiness that is our birthright." For more information about Sharon, please visit: www.SharonSalzberg.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Somehow I thought this book would be the best introduction to me, and I ordered it. But let me confess, at first I failed to appreciate it. I read about 20 pages, I was bored, and I put the book down for about 8 months. That's fine, insight meditation never hurt anyone.
I don't remember why I was initially so bored by the book. Perhaps it was because of her conversational style, full of stories from her own or her friends' experiences. Most people like that kind of thing, it makes the author's ideas easier to understand, more familiar and more human; but I usually prefer an author to state their point and move on, without personal stories. Anyway, the stories she shares actually illuminate her points quite well.
When I picked the book up again (8 months later), somehow it hit me this time. I read it in about 2 weeks, and it only took me that long because I actually did many of the meditation exercises she suggests. I intend to keep going back and doing more of them.
She does a good job presenting the tradition of metta meditation, as far as I can tell, although I'm certainly no expert on it.
Since she's Buddhist, naturally she believes in karma and reincarnation, but I don't. So I, as a thorough skeptic, appreciated the lack of supernaturalism throughout the book. In the penultimate chapter she gave an account of karma, but that was all. She was very considerate to skeptics in that regard.Read more ›
Whether Buddhist or not, beginner mind or monk, most readers will celebrate this work.
Sharon talks a bit about what holds us back from this realization, ranging from our attachments to antagonism. One of the first rules to breaking down these impediments is the act of giving, not just giving in a material sense but ultimately giving the breadth of our very being; compassionate action, not just loving-kindness thoughts. This book should speak to all of us, and for this reason alone I give it 5 stars.
I especially recommend this book for readers who are experiencing divorce or other difficult interpersonal problems. Short of an expensive and demanding meditation retreat I can think of no better practice for unconditional love and happiness. This is worth a mint in therapy!
No religious belief in Buddhism is necessary.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A valuable book with a lot of examples of what compassion and lovingkindness is. It's a great encouragement to practicePublished 2 days ago by RAMON MARTIN
This is a timeless message and the unraveling of the important reminders can be life changing. I pln on purchasing several more copies for giftsPublished 3 months ago by Suzanne Anderer
Good book. Lots of information but a bit dry in the delivery. more of a textbookPublished 3 months ago by JD
Works for me. There's enough material in the sample offering to determine whether or not this book might be a good fit for you.Published 4 months ago by F8sFool
This book is a yogi must read. It is applicable to all yogis and non alike to gain insight into the power of loving kindnessPublished 4 months ago by Amy P Morse
This book may have changed my life. The author also does retreats which teach you how to practice loving kindness meditation and may also change your life the way it changed mine. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patricia Aron