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πŸ“š A Fearless Heart – by Thupten Jinpa

Of all the Buddhist traditions, the Tibetans seem to be the masters of compassion practice. I notice this in The Dalai Lama, Matthieu Ricard and, here, in Thupten Jinpa.

He first met the Dalai Lama when he was six years old and became a monk at the age of eleven. His intelligence and his fluency in English led to him becoming the Dalai Lama’s interpreter. He nows lives in the US where he has helped to pioneer the CCT (Compassion Cultivation Training) program, which is the basis of this book.

I hope to bring compassion down from the pedestal of a high ideal and make it an active force in the messy reality that is everyday human life.

Jinpa ThuptenA Fearless Heart

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πŸ“š Loving-Kindness – by Sharon Salzberg

Loving-kindness, or Metta, is the Buddhist practice of inclining the mind towards goodwill.

When I wanted to add this quality to my mindfulness practice, my friends instantly recommended that I read Sharon Salzberg. This is the book that I started with.

Sharon Salzberg is one of the founders of the Insight Meditation Society, which seeks to bring the teaching of the Buddha to the West, without the culture clash of Buddhist religion.

This is what should be done, by those who are skilled in goodness, and who know the path of peace.

The Buddha – from the Metta Sutra

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