Books on the Brahmaviharas?

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Books on the Brahmaviharas?

Postby DorjePhurba » Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:32 pm

I'm interesting in learning about and practicing the brahmaviharas. Can anyone recommend any good books on the subject?

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Re: Books on the Brahmaviharas?

Postby bodom » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:25 pm

The Four Sublime States by Nyanaponika Thera

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el006.html

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Re: Books on the Brahmaviharas?

Postby Modus.Ponens » Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:37 pm

Brahmavihara Dhamma by Mahasi Sayadaw:

http://www.buddhanet.net/brahmaviharas/index.htm
And the Blessed One addressed the bhikkhus, saying: "Behold now, bhikkhus, I exhort you: All compounded things are subject to vanish. Strive with earnestness!"
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Re: Books on the Brahmaviharas?

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:51 pm

Modus.Ponens wrote:Brahmavihara Dhamma by Mahasi Sayadaw:
http://www.buddhanet.net/brahmaviharas/index.htm

There is also a PDF version:
http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/brahmavihara.pdf

Sharon Salzberg's book Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness is also useful.
http://www.amazon.com/Lovingkindness-Re ... 1570621764

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Re: Books on the Brahmaviharas?

Postby Nibbida » Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:56 am

In terms of practicing, Sharon Salzberg's Loving-kindness is very accessible. She lays out the instructions pretty simply and clearly. I liked Alan Wallace's The Four Immeasurables for a further discussion of them.
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Re: Books on the Brahmaviharas?

Postby jcsuperstar » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:24 am

broad view, boundless heart

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