The Four Immeasurables: Practices To Open The Heart

The Four Immeasurables: Practices To Open The Heart

by B. Alan Wallace
     
 

The Four Immeasurables is a rich suite of practices that open the heart, counter the distortions in our relationships to ourselves, and deepen our relationships to others. Alan Wallace presents a unique interweaving of teachings on the Four Immeasurables - the cultivation of loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity - with instruction on quiescence… See more details below

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The Four Immeasurables is a rich suite of practices that open the heart, counter the distortions in our relationships to ourselves, and deepen our relationships to others. Alan Wallace presents a unique interweaving of teachings on the Four Immeasurables - the cultivation of loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity - with instruction on quiescence (shamatha) meditation practices to empower the mind. The book includes both guided meditations and lively discussions on the implications of these teachings for our own lives. This enhanced presentation is the most in-depth treatment on the topic and includes guided meditations and Q&A sections.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Alan Wallace is one of the great Western Buddhist thinkers of our day."—Howard Cutler M.D., coauthor with H.H. the Dalai Lama of The Art of Happiness

"A one-of-a-kind book that helps educate as well as inspire."—Inquiring Mind

"Any person on a spiritual path, Buddhist or not, will find in this book fresh practical insights for cultivating a boundless heart. A thought-provoking, useful, encouraging read."— ForeWord Magazine

"We are in very good hands when Alan Wallace takes us on a journey with the four immeasurables."—Mandala, Editor's Choice

"This book is written in a very simple and direct style. It always cuts out the superficial and directs the reader to the heart of the practice. Interspersed are numerous personal anecdotes and insights that could only be gathered from a lifetime of practice and teaching."—The Middle Way

"This in-depth treatment is presented clearly and directly without unnecessary trappings and will be a good choice for customers looking to begin serious study of Buddhist tradition and practice. It includes guided meditations intended to help readers open their hearts and empower their minds."—New Age Retailer

"This rich psychological unfolding of these spiritual practices provides a fine capstone to the author's thoughts on meditation."—Spirituality & Practice

"As is usual with books by Alan Wallace, there is a strong emphasis on making the ideas and practices discussed accessible to modern readers without diluting those ideas or dumbing them down. A determination to show how the four immeasurables are to be applied in practice in our lives is also evident. For anyone who wishes to a read a lively presentation of some central ideas within Buddhism and that achieves the difficult balance of being both traditional and modern in approach, this book will not disappoint."—Buddhism Now

Howard Cutler
Howard Cutler, coauthor with H.H. the Dalai Lama of The Art of Happiness
July 2010 Mandala
We are in very good hands when Alan Wallace takes us on a journey with the four immeasurables: loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity.
Anna Jedrziewski
This in-depth treatment is presented clearly and directly without unnecessary trappings and will be a good choice for customers looking to begin serious study of Buddhist tradition and practice. It includes guided meditations intended to help readers open their hearts and empower their minds
ForeWord Magazine
Any person on a spiritual path, Buddhist or not, will find in this book fresh, practical insights for cultivating a boundless heart. A thought-provoking, useful, encouraging read.
Foreword Magazine
Any person on a spiritual path, Buddhist or not, will find in this book fresh, practical insights for cultivating a boundless heart. A thought-provoking, useful, encouraging read.
Inquiring Mind
A one-of-a-kind book that helps educate as well as inspire.
ForeWord Reviews
Any person on a spiritual path, Buddhist or not, will find in this book fresh, practical insights for cultivating a boundless heart. A thought-provoking, useful, encouraging read.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559393539
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
09/16/2010
Edition description:
3rd Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,326,745
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Alan Wallace is one of the great Western Buddhist thinkers of our day."—Howard Cutler M.D., coauthor with H.H. the Dalai Lama of The Art of Happiness

"A one-of-a-kind book that helps educate as well as inspire."—Inquiring Mind

"Any person on a spiritual path, Buddhist or not, will find in this book fresh practical insights for cultivating a boundless heart. A thought-provoking, useful, encouraging read."— ForeWord Magazine

"We are in very good hands when Alan Wallace takes us on a journey with the four immeasurables."—Mandala, Editor's Choice

"This book is written in a very simple and direct style. It always cuts out the superficial and directs the reader to the heart of the practice. Interspersed are numerous personal anecdotes and insights that could only be gathered from a lifetime of practice and teaching."—The Middle Way

"This in-depth treatment is presented clearly and directly without unnecessary trappings and will be a good choice for customers looking to begin serious study of Buddhist tradition and practice. It includes guided meditations intended to help readers open their hearts and empower their minds."—New Age Retailer

"This rich psychological unfolding of these spiritual practices provides a fine capstone to the author's thoughts on meditation."—Spirituality & Practice

"As is usual with books by Alan Wallace, there is a strong emphasis on making the ideas and practices discussed accessible to modern readers without diluting those ideas or dumbing them down. A determination to show how the four immeasurables are to be applied in practice in our lives is also evident. For anyone who wishes to a read a lively presentation of some central ideas within Buddhism and that achieves the difficult balance of being both traditional and modern in approach, this book will not disappoint."—Buddhism Now

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