Classic and Contemporary Buddhist Works

First Invite Love In - Table of Contents

40 Time-Tested Tools for Creating a More Compassionate Life

Introduction  

Some Advice in Using This Book
Do the Exercises in Order and Don’t Skip Steps  
Practice Regularly  
Trust Yourself  

Opening and Closing Practices

First Invite Love In: Laying the Foundation for a Compassionate Life 

Seal with a Vow and Rejoice: Tools for Sustaining Compassion 

Then Send Love Out: Tools for Creating a Compassionate Life  

1. Thinking of Friends as Kind Mothers 
2. Breathe In with Compassion, Breathe Out with Loving-Kindness (Part 1)  
3. Widening the Heart to Embrace the World with Loving-Kindness and Rejoicing  
4. Bearing Compassionate Witness to Suffering (Part 1) 
5. Bearing Compassionate Witness to Suffering (Part 2)  
6. Bearing Compassionate Witness to Suffering (Part 3)  
7. Widening the Heart to Embrace the World with Loving-Kindness (Sunshine Metaphor) 
8. Overcoming Anger and Bitterness with Compassion
9. Widening the Heart to Embrace the World with Loving-Kindness (Snowfall Metaphor)  
10. Taking Compassion into Daily Life: Feeling Compassion for Strangers  
11. Increasing Generosity by Imagining Helping Others During a Famine   
12. Taking Compassion into Daily Life: Imagining Strangers as Kind Mothers  
13. Connecting the Body and Actions with Compassion 
14. Increasing Generosity by Imagining Giving All to Save the Life of a Loved One  
15. Opening the Heart by Loosening the Grip of Possessiveness  
16. Widening the Heart to Embrace the World with Loving-Kindness (Song Metaphor)
17. Thinking of People You Don’t Like as Kind Mothers 
18. Increasing Loving-Kindness by Rejoicing for the Good Fortune of Others (Happiness Version)
19. Reducing Pride and Egotism through Remorse  
20. Increasing Loving-Kindness by Rejoicing for the Good Fortune of Others (Wealth Version)
21. Taking Compassion into Daily Life: Speaking to Strangers with Loving-
22. Imagining Others Are Cleansed of the Source of Suffering 
23. Taking the Practice of Compassion into Daily Life: Looking at Strangers with Loving-Kindness 
24. Bearing Compassionate Witness to Suffering (Part 4)    
25. Connecting the Voice and Speech with Compassion   
26. Thinking of Animals as Kind Mothers  
27. Imagining Sharing the Source of Your Good Fortune with Others  
28. Breathe In with Compassion, Breathe Out with Loving-Kindness (Part 2)
29. Expanding the Heart to Have Compassion for People Who Have Been Unfair or Hurt You  
30. Bearing Compassionate Witness to Suffering (Part 5)
31. Taking Compassion into Daily Life: Imagining Generosity toward Strangers  
32. Overcoming Jealousy and Envy to Rejoice for the Emotional Happiness of Others  
33. Taking Compassion into Daily Life: Imbuing Simple Greetings with Compassion 
34. Bearing Compassionate Witness to Suffering (Part 6)
35. Transforming Our Own Suffering into a Compassionate Impulse 
36. Breathe In with Compassion, Breathe Out with Loving-Kindness (Part 3)    
37. Connecting the Mind and Thoughts with Compassion  
38. Thinking of All Living Beings as Kind Mothers 
39. Understanding the Role of Dualism as the Ultimate Source of Suffering 
40. The Ultimate Compassionate Force: Dissolving the Dualistic Mindset  

Afterword  
Appendix: Full Set of Short Forms of Compassion Practices 
Acknowledgments    
About the Authors