Tulku Thondup's New Book, The Heart of Unconditional Love: A Powerful New Approach to Loving-Kindness Meditation

A new book and a new, four-stage approach to the popular Buddhist practice known as loving-kindness meditation, with the aim of finding unconditional love in our own hearts, in our relationships, and in our perception of the world around us.

The unconditional love that we all long for can be experienced in the practice of loving-kindness. In this popular form of meditation, the love inherent to our own nature is gradually expanded until it embraces infinite beings. Tulku Thondup introduces a new four-stage format for this practice, rooted in the traditional teachings of Tibetan Buddhism: We first meditate on the Buddha of Loving-Kindness as a body of unconditional love and receive his blessings. This spontaneously awakens his unconditional love in our heart. We then find the whole world reflecting back to us as a world of love and peace. Finally, we remain in oneness in the realization of ultimate love.

The Heart of Unconditional Love
The Heart of Unconditional Love

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“Tulku Thondup has truly given us a powerful new approach to loving-kindness meditation. Utilizing the peace and joy generated by devotion, we are guided through embodying love, experiencing the whole universe as love, and ultimately realizing loving-kindness free from concept. This book is a rare treasure.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

“Warm, inviting, authentic, and complete, this book highlights Tulku Thondup’s special gift for conveying the richness of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in an enchantingly open, profound, and imaginative way. Taking the Buddha of Loving-Kindness, Avalokiteshvara, as the focus and inspiration, he offers a wonderful step-by-step guide to how we can all tap into the wellspring of unconditional love that we have within us and allow it to permeate every aspect of our lives.”—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying