Lovingkindness as a Buddhist concept (metta in Pali, maitri in Sanskrit) is not an act of doing something nice: it is a state of being focused on compassion toward self and others that is cultivated and maintained by practice (often meditation) and is thought to be essential to freeing ourselves from suffering. It is the antidote to selfishness, anger, and fear. Lovingkindness is also a term used in Judaism (chesed) to refer to kindness between people, devotion toward God, and the love or mercy of God toward humanity.

Loving-Kindness in Plain English: The Practice of Metta

The bestselling author of Mindfulness in Plain English invites us to explore the joyful benefits of living with loving-kindness. With his signature clarity and warmth, Bhante Gunaratana shares with us how we can cultivate loving-kindness to live a life of joyful harmony with others.

A Heart Full of Peace

Love, compassion, and peace—these words are at the heart of all spiritual endeavors. Although we intuitively resonate with their meaning and value, for most of us, the challenge is how to embody what we know: how to transform these words into a vibrant, living practice.

True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart

In this eye-opening guide, Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh offers timeless insight into the nature of real love.

The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace

In this beautiful and graceful little book, internationally renowned Buddhist teacher and meditation master Jack Kornfield has collected age-old teachings, modern stories, and time-honored practices for bringing healing, peace, and compassion into our daily lives.

Pay Attention, for Goodness’ Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness

According to the Buddha, the path of kindness is the path of happiness.

The New Eight Steps to Happiness: The Buddhist Way of Loving Kindness

A detailed and practical explanation of one of Buddhism's best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa.

Boundless Heart: The Buddha’s Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity

Compassion, kindness, equanimity, and joy are not only the fruits of the awakened life, but also the path to it—attitudes of mind that can be cultivated through intention and dedication.

Creating a Life of Integrity: In Conversation with Joseph Goldstein

When we don’t speak or act from our own sense of integrity, we feel lousy.

Meditations on Intention and Being: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Mindfulness, and Compassion

Gates draws on twenty years of teaching experience to help readers—from experienced yogis to novices seeking a little tranquility—fundamentally reconsider their relationships with their minds, bodies, and the universe around them through self-reflection.

Emotional Chaos to Clarity: Move from the Chaos of the Reactive Mind to the Clarity of the Responsive Mind

Despite our best-laid plans, life is difficult, and we sometimes experience anger, anxiety, frustration, and doubt. This emotional chaos can negatively affect the way we live our lives.