Teachings from the Buddhist tradition on opening the heart and deepening relationships, written with unusual clarity, simplicity, and warmth—for readers of any background.
This short, practical, and inspiring book presents Buddhist wisdom on love, relationships, and finding true contentment in life. Buddhist teacher Moh Hardin has a wonderfully direct and warm-hearted teaching style that will resonate with readers of books by Pema Chödrön and Thich Nhat Hanh.
The book begins with a discussion about making friends with ourselves as the basis for loving others, including a simple Buddhist practice for developing greater self-acceptance and self-compassion. The book goes on to offer insights and practices for deepening our intimate relationships and becoming more loving parents.
Next, Hardin discusses love on a bigger scale, introducing the idea of becoming a "bodhisattva warrior," or a person who seeks to live open-heartedly and ease suffering in the world.
"In a fresh, down-to-earth voice, Moh Hardin presents Buddhist teachings on turning a life of speed and stress into an experience of gentleness, openness, and wisdom."—Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart
"A wonderfully heartfelt and heart-centered manual. Hardin shows how love can be fully do-able and be-able by all of us. I found this little book big in wisdom and deeply encouraging."—David Richo, author of How to Be an Adult in Relationships
"Combined with brief but practical exercises for meditation and actualization, Mr. Hardin's small guide should prove beneficial to anyone seeking a handbook for one way out of egotism toward a self-confident, other-directed practice of Buddhist compassion. This path, as directed in this little book, may generate more happiness beginning with the reader and then circling outward."—New York Journal of Books
"This is a delightful book based on Buddhist teachings about using love and the power of love to create happiness in our lives. The belief here, and I think it's a good one, is that love has the ability to transform not only on a personal level, but on a global level. With so much chaos and stress in the world today, the message in this book is more important than ever. Buy it for yourself and give it as a gift. It tugged at my heart."—The Messenger
"It is not necessary to have a Buddhist background to benefit from Hardin's encouraging words. He is able to discuss complex topics using simple words and ideas. His practical suggestions can be done by any reader interested in learning more about love."—Portland Book Review
"Whether he's addressing listening and speaking with love or building trust or letting go—[Hardin] always has practical and transformative suggestions."—Shambhala Sun
"Hardin's book is a delightful reminder that 'Love is not just a feeling we have toward our spouse, our family, or our friends. Love is a way of being present and awake in the world together.' A wonderful book for a gift, or for the bedside table."—Nexus