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Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Shambhala Classics) Revised edition [Sharon Salzberg] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying. A profound, yet simple book on practicing “metta,” or lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg, the founder of Insight Meditation Society. We can all benefit from the. quotes from Sharon Salzberg: ‘You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection’, ‘You can search throughout the .

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Why Loving-Kindness Takes Time: Sharon Salzberg – Mindful

This one is alternately encouraging and overwhelming, with odd exotic anecdotes. The highest value by which I live my life is kindness. While written for Western audiences, this is essentially as much of a beginner’s guide to Buddhism as it is a beginner’s guide to meditation. Jan 03, Satia rated it it was amazing Kindnese Preview — Lovingkindness by Kindnness Salzberg. The Revolutionary Art of Happiness was one of those books I had known about for years but just never got around to reading.

You can be aware of the phrases either with the breath or just in themselves—the focus of the attention is the phrases. Even as a mother protects with her life Her child, her only child, So with a boundless heart Should one cherish all living beings; Radiating kindness over the entire world: Only 4 and 5 star books are worthy of my mindfulness!

Salzberg includes exercises for traditional metta meditation, as well as approaches to related contemplative practice. While this one does contain some exercises, I found them much easier to understand once I had a little practical meditation experience under my belt. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Instead of a focused description of how to do loving-kindness meditation, we end up with a rambling presentation of multiple threads that you have to pull together yourself; fine, perhaps, if you are salzbeeg with the practice, but possibly a bit too freeform if you are not. That the book is so distilled for through-reading and additionally sapzberg to return to as a guide is impressive, possibly a feat in craft for books like this. Will certainly become a book to return to every now and then to refresh my perspective and motivation on the path Then I felt doubly bad—not only did nothing happen but I never even got beyond myself, which was really selfish.


That is not to say, I’m right and if you would choose honesty or any other value that you would be wrong. Nov 29, Dominique rated it it was amazing. Desire and attachment are hindrances to metta, while there are also actual enemies: My mother and I are reading this book along with my step-sister.

My meditation background is mainly on the vipassana technique as taught by S.

sbaron Books by Sharon Salzberg. To send loving-kindness does not mean that we approve or condone all actions, it means that we can see clearly actions that are incorrect or unskillful and still not lose the connection.

Sharon Salzberg Quotes (Author of Lovingkindness)

Mar 01, Sirpa Grierson rated it really liked it Shelves: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience. I sat up in my room and I knew that it was done in successive stages and I began by dedicating a week of sending myself loving-kindness.

Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down, Ssalzberg from drowsiness, One should sustain this recollection. Every year, we rely heavily on people like you—our readers—to accomplish this work. Loving-kindness meditation has been one of my favorite tools in meditation to return to, the second one being using sound instead of breath as a place to always return to when I practice.

So I worked through it and donated some books to Claremont’s Prison Library Project, because they need them more than I.

Why Loving-Kindness Takes Time: Sharon Salzberg

Danger in that sense is both inner danger from the force of certain mind states, and outer danger. It is the strength that arises out of seeing the true nature of suffering sharln the world.


In my experience, lovingkindness meditation, or metta, is an essential life practice for peacebuilders. In holistic education circles this book was a classic and people held the author Sharon Salzberg in high regard. It covers all of the essential, told with a soft and gentle voice, with many concrete real-life examples, and little or none of the “technical details”.

The practice of lovingkindness is, in fact, the ground of mindfulness practice, requiring the same nonjudging, nongrasping, nonrejecting orientation toward the present moment, an orientation that invites and makes room for calmness, clarity of mind and heart, and understanding.

It is born of letting go of what is unnecessary, and knowing ourselves to be always at home. It is also axiomatic that putting positivity out into the world will yield positive outcomes.

I am convinced that this slim volume can be a major source of healing for the world.

I particularly used this book to help me work through a situation where I was so hurt, angry and betrayed by a family member that I couldn’t find the place in my heart to feel love. The Revolutionary Art of Happiness. Listen to the full talk. Instead of jumping straight to loving enemies, Sharon insists that we start with loving ourselves.

Whatever living beings there may be; Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none, The great or the mighty, medium, short or small, The seen and the unseen, Those living near and far away, Those born and to-be-born – May all beings be at ease!

All day long, I would go around the building—sitting in my room, sitting in the hall—saying the whole thing, may I be happy, may I be peaceful, may I be liberatedand I felt absolutely nothing.