The Essential Guide to Loving-Kindness

Essential Guide to Loving-Kindness

Loving-kindness, or metta, is a time-honored, heart-opening practice that allows us to cultivate compassion for ourselves, others, and the world around us. With these teachings and practices from Sylvia Boorstein, JoAnna Hardy, Mushim Patricia Ikeda, and more, you’ll learn how to bring the energy of loving-kindness into your everyday life.


Meet Bad Habits with Loving-Kindness

Sylvia Boorstein unpacks the foundational Buddhist teaching “Recognize unwholesome states in the mind and replace them with wholesome states.”

A Meditation to Heal Your Inner Child

A Loving-Kindness Meditation to Heal Your Inner Child

Peggy Rowe Ward and Larry Ward on how to give the wounded child inside you the love and compassion they deserve.

How to Practice Metta for a Troubled Time

Mushim Patricia Ikeda teaches us how to generate loving-kindness and good will as an antidote to hatred and fear.

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How to Practice Loving-Kindness

Joanna Hardy teaches us the famed Buddhist practice of metta – offering love to ourselves and others.

Metta for Refugees

Zen priest Liên Shutt teaches a short meditation to foster compassion for beings in search of refuge.

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How Sharon Salzberg Found Real Happiness

Lindsay Kyte talks to Sharon Salzberg about how she became one of today’s most relatable Buddhist teachers.

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Metta (Loving-Kindness) Meditation for Kids

You’re never too young to practice loving-kindness. Gail Silver on how to teach metta to your kids.

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Loving the Many Sides of You

Susan Piver shares her practice for loving all of your imperfections and contradictions.

Why I Do Metta

Janice Lynne Lundy shares her perspective on the practice of loving-kindness – why she loves it, and why it goes with her everywhere.

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Loving-Kindness Starts with You

Josh Korda on how to free your naturally loving heart and expand your goodwill to include all beings through loving-kindness meditation.

May All Beings Be at Ease!

In the Metta Sutta, the Buddha teaches his monks how to live a moral and upright life, with metta at its center.