Loving-Kindness in Plain English - Preface

The Practice of Metta

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



160 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9781614292494

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ISBN 9781614292647

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Even though there are several books on metta, or loving-friendliness, this Plain English book is based primarily on the famous Discourse on Loving-Friendliness. Known as the Karaniya Metta Sutta in Pali, or just Metta Sutta for short, this discourse is recited more often than any other discourse, on all occasions in Theravada Buddhist countries. As we so often recite this discourse, we thought writing a book elucidating the meaning of this profound sutta would benefit those who are not quite familiar with the Pali language in which we recite this discourse most of the time.

I am very grateful to Judy Larson and Gyula Nagy for their kind assistance in preparing this book. Also I am grateful to Wisdom Publications for their high-quality work in making this book available to the public interested in practicing loving-friendliness meditation. Last but not least, I thank Josh Bartok, Arnie Kotler, and Brianna Quick for the final polishing of this book.

With Metta,
Bhante Gunaratana
Bhavana Society Forest Monastery
and Meditation Center