Books on Metta Meditation and the Brahma Viharas?

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Books on Metta Meditation and the Brahma Viharas?

Postby Jhana4 » Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:04 am

I read Sharon Salzberg's book on Metta meditation when it came out back in the 1990s. I see she has a number of books on the subject. Is it the case where you've read the first book, then you've read them all or are the others worth reading?

Are there any other high quality books on Metta meditation out there?
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Re: Books on Metta Meditation and the Brahma Viharas?

Postby bodom » Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:11 am

Here is an excellent one:

Curbing Anger, Spreading Love
http://www.pariyatti.org/Bookstore/prod ... cfm?PC=325

Can be read online in part here:
http://books.google.com/books?id=aqHKF2 ... &q&f=false

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Re: Books on Metta Meditation and the Brahma Viharas?

Postby rowyourboat » Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:10 pm

I wonder which one of Sharon S's books aare the best? :anjali:

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Re: Books on Metta Meditation and the Brahma Viharas?

Postby sattva » Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:52 pm

i have read several of her books and personally, i thought that Lovingkindness: The Revoluationary Art of Happiness was excellent. I sent the book to a friend who has really enjoyed reading the book and using the meditations.
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Re: Books on Metta Meditation and the Brahma Viharas?

Postby mirco » Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:02 pm

Jhana4 wrote:Are there any other high quality books on Metta meditation out there?

Metta Booklet

Dhamma Sukha Talks on Metta

"An important term for meditative absorption is samadhi. We often translate that as ‘concentration’, but that can suggest a certain stiffness. Perhaps ‘unification’ is a better rendition, as samadhi means ‘to bring together’. Deep samadhi isn't at all stiff. It’s a process of letting go of other things and coming to a unified experience."

Bhikkhu Anālayo


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