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.

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.

Mindfulness and Compassion: Embracing Life with Loving-Kindness

In Mindfulness and Compassion, The Happy Buddha explores why compassion is the very essence of mindfulness and how we can connect with this loving quality through the transformational practice of meditation.

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.

Great Eastern Sun: The Wisdom of Shambhala

In Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior Chögyam Trungpa offers an inspiring and practical guide to enlightened living based on the Shambhala journey of warriorship, a secular path taught internationally through the Shambhala Training program.