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Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Shambhala Classics) Paperback – September 3, 2002
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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
Incredible book! Sharon is very straightforward, down to earth, explicit, and clear in her explanations. She includes various meditations that truly are helpful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lehcarachel
The book arrived in a great condition, and I look forward to reading it.Published 4 months ago by James Plaskett
This book is one of the most important books written about lovingkindness meditation. It is a book I will enjoy time and again. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lynne Shaner
Save your money. This book does not put forward new ideas and provides little helpful information.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A valuable book with a lot of examples of what compassion and lovingkindness is. It's a great encouragement to practicePublished 5 months ago by RAMON MARTIN