Bhante Gunaratana was ordained at the age of twelve as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka, earned his PhD in philosophy from The American University, and has led meditation retreats, taught Buddhism, and lectured widely throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. He is the president of the Bhavana Society in High View, West Virginia, where he lives. He is the author of the bestselling Mindfulness in Plain English and Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness. Bhante Gunaratana lives in High View, West Virginia.
"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
"This latest installment in the In Plain Englishseries offers a straightforward and simple introduction to loving-kindness. Loving-friendliness, as the author prefers to call it, is more than a meditation practice; it is an attitude, a gift, and a way of peace. The humility and benevolence that pervades the stories makes this little book easy to understand, and instructive for living a good life. It is a joy to read!"--Shaila Catherine, author of Focused and Fearless and Wisdom Wide and Deep