- Series: Shambhala Library
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala (December 28, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590301870
- ISBN-13: 978-1590301876
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 172 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Shambhala Library) Hardcover – December 28, 2004
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Sharon Salzberg is one of America's leading spiritual teachers and authors. A practitioner of Buddhist meditation for over thirty years, she is a co-founder of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Insight Meditation Society, and she directs meditation retreats throughout the United States and abroad.
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After several months of advice and searching, someone suggested Metta meditation to help me reconnect to myself and the world, and to help me feel safer. They suggested I buy this book, because Metta classes are hard to find. Long story short, it worked. Even just using the instruction in this book, and even without an actual teacher to guide me, I was able to get a practice going that made me feel better almost immediately. Just two short Metta sessions per day based on Ms.Salzberg's instructions (which was all the time I could physically spend sitting), was enough to restore my sense of myself, make me feel much more attached to the world, and to feel powerful despite my disabilities. Once this practice let me reconnect with my naturally loving and optimistic spirit, it unfolded fairly quickly that I felt deeply soothed and more secure every minute of every day.
I cannot recommend this practice more highly, and if you don't have a Metta teacher available to you, this book is the best place to get started. If you suffer from some kind of trauma, sense of unreality or inability to connect with others and the world around you, or some kind of severe emotional pain, this is the way to go. I think that for ordinary life stresses or spiritual development, insight meditation or Zen or some other kind like that might be fine, but if something really nasty has happened to you, or if something really unpleasing happened to you in the past that's eroding your ability to live a normal, happy life, Metta meditation is the way to go. Thanks to its clear, simple explanations and easy-to-remember mantra, this book is the place to go when you need to be healed.
May you be happy
May you be peaceful
May you be free from fear and pain
May you live life with ease.....
May all beings be happy....