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.



160 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9781614292494

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“This beautiful book not only expertly guides us in cultivating loving-kindness, it is the transmission of an awakened heart.  Bhante G, as he is affectionately called, is a true master, and his deep wisdom and love flow through his words into our hearts. Written with great lucidity, and filled with accessible, powerful teachings and practices, Loving-Kindness in Plain English is a book that will bring more love into your life.”Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge


“In Loving-Kindness in Plain English Bhante Gunaratana provides a clear and thoughtful elucidation of the Karaniya Metta Sutta, as well as other discourses that give guidance on practicing metta (lovingkindness). All of this will delight the reader who is interested in better understanding the traditional texts. Bhante Gunaratana also offers beautiful stories from his own life that illustrates the power and benefits of metta practice. There’s something here for everyone.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness


“A clear and excellent introduction [that] should be considered a standard manual for metta practice.”Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 09:21 -- Kestrel Slocombe

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. Through personal anecdotes, step-by-step meditations, conversational renderings of the Buddha’s words in the suttas, and transformative insights into how we live in and relate to the world, we learn that peace here and now is possible—within ourselves and in all our relationships. Bhante G speaks directly to how we can cultivate loving-kindness to find emotional clarity, overcome anger, and become more peaceful—both on and off the meditation cushion.


Loving-Kindness in Plain English was chosen for the Spirituality & Practice Book Award as one of the 50 Best Spiritual Books of 2017 by the website Spirituality & Practice.