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'Love and Sympathy in Theravada Buddhism' discusses the context and contents of the Theravada teachings on love, sympathy, and the collective meditative set of four sublime attitudes (brahmavihara) - universal love, compassion, sypathetic joy, and equanimity. The presentation is based upon the first four of the five collections of Buddha's discourses, a stylistically homogenous compilation of the earliest strata of Theravada scripture complied before 350 B.C. After discussing the Pali material relavant to these topics in the first five chapters of this work, the author includes a detailed examination and critiques of their position in Chapter Six. His concern is with the motives to social action as well as the psychological and soteriological import of the Theravada teachings on love, sypathy, and the sblime attitudes. Only through seeing these facets can the unique vision of Theravada Buddhism be appreciated.
From synopsis: While recent books dealing with Buddhist meditation have focused on either the Zen or Theravada tradition, this volume discusses meditation within both traditions, employing classical texts with explanatory commentary and contemporary exposition. The reader also leans exactly what happened at the experimental workshop and how the participants responded.