Books on Metta Meditation and the Brahma Viharas?

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Books on Metta Meditation and the Brahma Viharas?

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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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One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.
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Here is an excellent one:

Curbing Anger, Spreading Love
http://www.pariyatti.org/Bookstore/prod ... cfm?PC=325" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Can be read online in part here:
http://books.google.com/books?id=aqHKF2 ... &q&f=false" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

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

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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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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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Nyanaponika Thera is a good source, here is one edition of his classic:

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/4sublime_states.pdf
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Here is a fuller edition - more sutta quotes:

https://www.bps.lk/olib/wh/wh006_Nyanap ... States.pdf
Good is virtue until life’s end, good is faith that is steadfast, good is the acquisition of wisdom, and good is the avoidance of evil. Dhammapada
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Here's a very good book for meditation instructions for Brahma Vihara practice through all the 8 Jhanas. What is especially interesting with this is that metta transforms automatically into karuna and the other Brahma Vihara as one goes deep in the Jhanas.
https://library.dhammasukha.org/uploads ... ay2019.pdf

It is written by a student of Bhante Vimalarasmi. The meditation method is excellent. But in the beginning of the book the author makes claims that other methods are wrong, which I think is incorrect to claim. If you look past that and focus on the instruction, it's great!
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‘Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation’ by Bhikkhu Analayo.
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"Broad View, Boundless Heart" a helpful little book by Ajahn Pasanno and Ajahn Amaro.

https://www.amaravati.org/dhamma-books/ ... ess-heart/


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