Sharon Salzberg

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Sharon Salzberg
Born (1952-08-05) 5 August 1952 (age 68)
New York City
Occupation author, meditation teacher

Sharon Salzberg (born 1952) is an author and teacher of Buddhist meditation practices in the West. In 1974, she co-founded the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. Her emphasis is on vipassanā (insight) and mettā (loving-kindness) methods,[1] and has been leading meditation retreats around the world for over three decades.[2][3] All of these methods have their origins in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Her books include Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995), A Heart as Wide as the World (1999), Real Happiness - The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (2010), which was on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2011[4], and the follow-up Real Happiness at Work (2013).


Salzberg is a student of Dipa Ma,[5] Anagarika Munindra,[6] Sayadaw U Pandita and other Asian masters. She, Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein founded the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts in 1974.[7][8] She and Goldstein co-founded the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in 1989 and The Forest Refuge, a long-term meditation retreat center 9 years later. Today, she is a notable teacher of the Vipassana movement.

An in-depth interview with Salzberg appears in the book Meetings with Remarkable Women: Buddhist Teachers in America, by Lenore Friedman. (Boston:Shambhala, Revised and Updated edition, 2000.


Salzberg was honored by the New York Open Center in 1999 for her "Outstanding Contribution to the Mindfulness of the West"


Audio publications




  1. 1.0 1.1 Downing, Renée (15 September 2005). "Sharon Salzberg believes in the power of kindness". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  2. "Sharon Salzberg (interview)". CBC Radio. November 29, 2009. 
  3. "Insight LA". University of the West. April 6, 2011. 
  4. "Best Sellers, March 13, 2011". New York Times. March 13, 2011. 
  5. Amy Schmidt, Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master. ISBN 0-9742405-5-9 (USA); ISBN 1-899579-73-7 (Europe), p. 9.
  6. Knaster, Mirka (2010). Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra. Shambhala Publications. p. xvi. ISBN 9780834822542. 
  7. Miller, Andrea (March 2011). Shambhala Sun (B000302EG0): 52.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. Leslie Kaufman (May 25, 2008). "A Superhighway to Bliss". New York Times. 

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  • Sharon Salzberg: "Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection"
    Description: Talks at Google - Real Love is a creative tool kit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques that help you to truly engage with your present experience and create deeper love relationships with yourself, your partner, friends and family, and with life itself.

    Sharon Salzberg, a leading expert in Lovingkindness meditation, encourages us to strip away layers of negative habits and obstacles, helping us to experience authentic love based on direct experience, rather than preconceptions. Across three sections, Sharon explains how to dispel cultural and emotional habits, and direct focused care and attention to recapture the essence of what it is to love and be loved.

    With positive reflections and practices, Sharon teaches us how to shift the responsibilities of the love that we give and receive to rekindle the powerful healing force of true connection. By challenging myths perpetuated by popular culture, we can undo the limited definitions that reduce love to simply romance or passion, and give the heart a much needed tune-up to connect ourselves to the truest experience of love in our daily lives.
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