The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering the Practice of Happiness in the Meeting of Buddhism and Psychology

The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering the Practice of Happiness in the Meeting of Buddhism and Psychology

Now in paperback, this practical guide to cultivating compassion delivers Buddhist and psychological insight right where we need it most—navigating the difficulties of our daily lives.Compassion is often seen as a distant, altruistic ideal cultivated by saints, or as an unrealistic response of the naively kind-hearted. Seeing compassion in this way, we lose out on experien...

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Title:The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering the Practice of Happiness in the Meeting of Buddhism and Psychology
Author:Lorne Ladner
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Edition Language:English

The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering the Practice of Happiness in the Meeting of Buddhism and Psychology Reviews

  • Brian Gabriel

    As my father passed away from cancer, I became intrigued with some of the spiritual books my father was reading. Among these books were several about Buddhism. Prior to my father's terminal illness (~6 years ago), I had never been tremendously spiritual. But something about the Buddhist books my father read resonated with me. Having pursued an undergraduate degree in psychology and struggling to find meaning and happiness in my own life, I came across this book.

    For those interested in psycholog

    As my father passed away from cancer, I became intrigued with some of the spiritual books my father was reading. Among these books were several about Buddhism. Prior to my father's terminal illness (~6 years ago), I had never been tremendously spiritual. But something about the Buddhist books my father read resonated with me. Having pursued an undergraduate degree in psychology and struggling to find meaning and happiness in my own life, I came across this book.

    For those interested in psychology alone, the Lost Art of Compassion is fascinating (and again this is coming from someone who majored in the field). But his synthesis of psychology and Buddhism is remarkable and tremendously enlightening. This is truly a fascinating read and very practical- he offers concrete exercises to cultivate greater compassion.

    A year or so after my father's passing I had the opportunity meet Dr. Ladner in his Virginia office (he is a practicing psychologist in the DC-metro area). Dr. Ladner was very friendly and personable. In the time I resided in the DC area I came to appreciate the extent to which Dr. Ladner is involved in the thriving Buddhist community there. After reading The Lost Art of Compassion, I was tremendously impressed with Dr. Ladner's knowledge and pragmatism. Following our meeting and periodic exchanged emails, I can attest that Dr. Ladner does indeed embody the ideals of compassion and happiness he so successfully writes about.

    Again, an excellent book. I've read many books on compassion, including those authored by Sharon Salzberg, Christopher Germer, and the Dalai Lama. Honestly this is one of the best books on the topic.

  • Doug Dillon

    Even though author Lorne Ladner is Buddhist and combines concepts from his spiritual practice with professional psychological guidance, you don't have to be Buddhist to find value in his words. This book is a beautiful blend of East and West that truly gets to the heart of how the implementation of compassion in one's life can lead to happiness.

    Essentially, Ladner presents compassion as a vital part of psychological stability and viable spiritual practice. Smoothly written, this book plunges rig

    Even though author Lorne Ladner is Buddhist and combines concepts from his spiritual practice with professional psychological guidance, you don't have to be Buddhist to find value in his words. This book is a beautiful blend of East and West that truly gets to the heart of how the implementation of compassion in one's life can lead to happiness.

    Essentially, Ladner presents compassion as a vital part of psychological stability and viable spiritual practice. Smoothly written, this book plunges right to the heart of daily living and shows how working on relationships of all kinds through the use of compassion ends up being beneficial to all.

    Ladner uses examples from his own life and offers readers very practical exercises in the enhancement of their compassionate outlooks. These sample chapter titles give you a taste for what he has to say: “Compassion for Yourself”; “Seeing Through Projections”; and “Joyfully Losing an Argument”.

    To be perfectly honest, I found this book of such tremendous value that I took all the underlining I did in it and created a little mini-handbook that I still refer to periodically. The author's words rang so true for me that I occasionally send quotes from his work out over Twitter. In closing, I'll leave you with these words from Ladner, my favorite:

    "Heartfelt kindness toward someone who has just treated you badly has the clean, pure feeling of a cool creek in the high mountains."

  • K

    This book is literally life-changing. I'm a Christian, but the ideas on how to carry out day to day living presented in this book on Buddhism have helped me live out Christian ideals in my own life more than any of the Christian publishing house books that I have ever read.

    Lorne Ladner is a Buddhist and a psychologist, and this book is a fantastic marriage of both. He addresses everything from how to be happier to how to "love your neighbor" to how to embrace changes in life to how to let go of

    This book is literally life-changing. I'm a Christian, but the ideas on how to carry out day to day living presented in this book on Buddhism have helped me live out Christian ideals in my own life more than any of the Christian publishing house books that I have ever read.

    Lorne Ladner is a Buddhist and a psychologist, and this book is a fantastic marriage of both. He addresses everything from how to be happier to how to "love your neighbor" to how to embrace changes in life to how to let go of anger/frustration/unhappiness/negativity. Finding contentment, finding peace... it's all there. What an amazing book. Happiness is something you can DO. It's something you can LEARN. I loved this book so much I literally now own two copies - one on my Kindle (and I practically "underlined" passages on every single page, and I'm not exaggerating) and I've also ordered a print version.

  • Lisa Hardy

    <3 <3 <3

    I hope to always have this book by my side and in my mind.

  • Suzanne St.lawrence

    A must read for all :)

  • Yoko

    The author is a western psychologist and also a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner. I liked the west meets east approach as I experienced the other way around (coming from Asia to the west). I liked that the author used simple and easy language for reader to understand and relate.

  • C-B

    Recommended, but you're in for a journey.

    This book draws connections between Western and Buddhist psychology as it introduces the concept of compassion, gently addressing common pitfalls before teaching practical strategies for developing and practicing compassion--first towards self, then towards others.

    I had to read this book one chapter at a time, giving myself time to consider what I'd read and relate it to my life. But such reflective reading made a big difference in my life. Don't underest

    Recommended, but you're in for a journey.

    This book draws connections between Western and Buddhist psychology as it introduces the concept of compassion, gently addressing common pitfalls before teaching practical strategies for developing and practicing compassion--first towards self, then towards others.

    I had to read this book one chapter at a time, giving myself time to consider what I'd read and relate it to my life. But such reflective reading made a big difference in my life. Don't underestimate the importance of learning to be gentle with yourself, and the slow but radical changes that can follow.

    I encountered this book on the shelf of a person who by nature found most people hard to read, which leads me to an unusual point raised by this book: empathy can be developed. We've each got our own natural store, but beyond that, we can learn. Use of the Buddhist assumption that we all want to be free from suffering helps to clarify impressions of others' feelings and motivations as well as our own, clearing the way to connecting and listening compassionately.

  • Daylynn Foster

    I had to take my time reading this. Some of the concepts were new to me and make you question your self and motivations. Some slamming/speaking out against western society, the way our economy is focused on spending, advertising to buy & have high views of materialistic things were not untrue. It kind of compared Tibetan/Buddist views & beliefs against western views but very enlightening & useful. Definitely benefited from reading it.

  • Liza

    my mom gave me this book(!) for mother's day(!)

  • Alex

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