Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

An inspirational book on how to cultivate true happiness in ourselves and genuine compassion for others, by one of America's foremost Buddhist teachers. Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are.

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"Salzberg exposes the warm beating heart at the center of Buddhism."—New Age Journal

"Reading Salzberg's book produces the sense of having been gifted abundantly."—Sylvia Boorstein, Turning Wheel

"Sharon Salzberg's book illuminates the heart of lovingkindness like a lamp in the darkness, like the clearing of the fog, like a sunrise on a beautiful morning—it brings light so that all those with eyes may see."—Jack Kornfield, author of After the Ecstasy, the Laundry

"Lovingkindness is a profound exploration of the deepest meanings of love, empathy, and caring. It offers psychological insights of real spiritual value and practical utility."—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570629037
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/3/2002
  • Series: Shambhala Classics Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 90,969
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Revolutionary Art of Happiness 7
2 Relearning Loveliness 18
3 Facets of Lovingkindness 33
4 Hindrances to Lovingkindness 48
5 Working with Anger and Aversion 62
6 Breaking Open the Loving Heart 83
7 Developing the Compassionate Heart 102
8 Liberating the Mind through Sympathetic Joy 119
9 The Gift of Equanimity 136
10 The Power of Generosity 154
11 Living Our Love 171
For More Information 194
Credits 195
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2005

    A Jewel in the Lotus

    The Buddha said: 'None of the means to acquire religious merit has a sixteenth part of the value of Loving-kindness.' After reading this book, I believe it. It is essential for anyone, Buddhist or not, who wishes a better knowlegde of the Brahma-Viharas or sublime states: Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy & Equanimity. The author writes with a warmth and understanding that goes well with the subject matter. I go back and read chapters often and find inspiration every time.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    Great for Everyone

    Wonderful book. I struggle with anxiety and i can say that this book really makes since. Great for anyone!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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