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Loving-Kindness in Plain English : The Practice of Metta
by Bhante Gunaratana


Overview - The bestselling author of Mindfulness in Plain English invites us to explore the joyful benefits of living with loving-kindness.

With his signature clarity and warmth, Bhante Gunaratana shares with us how we can cultivate loving-kindness to live a life of joyful harmony with others.  Read more...


 
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Overview
The bestselling author of Mindfulness in Plain English invites us to explore the joyful benefits of living with loving-kindness.

With his signature clarity and warmth, Bhante Gunaratana shares with us how we can cultivate loving-kindness to live a life of joyful harmony with others. Through personal anecdotes, step-by-step meditations, conversational renderings of the Buddha's words in the suttas, and transformative insights into how we live in and relate to the world, we learn that peace here and now is possible--within ourselves and in all our relationships. Bhante G speaks directly to how we can cultivate loving-kindness to find emotional clarity, overcome anger, and become more peaceful--both on and off the meditation cushion.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781614292494
  • ISBN-10: 1614292493
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 160
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Religion > Buddhism - Theravada
Books > Body, Mind & Spirit > Mindfulness & Meditation
Books > Self-Help > Emotions

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-01-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

In lucid, accessible prose, Gunaratana (Mindfulness in Plain English) introduces readers to the practice of metta, or loving-kindness meditation. He characterizes loving-kindness as an unconditional love towards the self, others, and the world that possesses no ulterior motive, helping practitioners and the objects of their meditations swallow the bitterness of life. For Gunaratana, to do metta practice is to express ones true nature and to acknowledge the impermanence and interconnectedness of all phenomena. He stresses that metta practice is an individual (rather than collective) practice that is not about saving the world but rather about creating peace and well-being for the self. Far from presenting loving-kindness meditation as a practice of selfish concern, he shows that by practicing loving-kindness toward the self and achieving a state of clarity and rest, one can properly attend to friends, strangers, and enemies. Mindfulness practice is not enough by itself, he says; it requires the self-love and other-concern of loving-kindness meditation to fully expand ones range of compassion. Gunaratanas newest is a clear and excellent introduction and should be considered a standard manual for metta practice. (Mar.)

 
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