Sharon Salzberg presents a rounded and revealing treatment of this important Buddhist practice. The author, who is a founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, uses 25 years of teaching experience to shed light on the "incandescent power of love" that is present in all of us. She talks about the significance of intimacy with ourselves as a prelude to reaching out to others.

Some of the hindrances to lovingkindness are enslavement to desire and attachment as well as addiction to anger and aversion. Salzberg affirms equanimity and generosity as keys to developing a compassionate heart. This is the right book on the right subject for our troubled times.