Barre, Massachusetts USA
Foundation of Teaching
Buddhism, Peace, Love, Compassion, Presence, Vipassana Meditation
Example of Teaching
“It is never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn’t depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn’t depend on how long you’ve held on to the old view.”
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Insight Meditation Society
1230 Pleasant Street
Barre, Massachusetts 01005
Born in New York City in 1952, Sharon Salzberg experienced a childhood involving considerable loss and turmoil. An early realization of the power of meditation to overcome personal suffering determined her life direction. Her teaching and writing now communicates that power to a worldwide audience of practitioners. She offers non-sectarian retreat and study opportunities for participants from widely diverse backgrounds.
Sharon first encountered Buddhism in 1969, in an Asian philosophy course at the State University of New York, Buffalo. The course sparked an interest that, in 1970, took her to India, for an independent study program. Sharon traveled motivated by “an intuition that the methods of meditation would bring me some clarity and peace.”
In 1971, in Bodh Gaya, India, Sharon attended her first intensive meditation course. She spent the next years engaged in intensive study with highly respected Buddhist teachers. She returned to America in 1974 and began teaching vipassana (insight) meditation. Today she leads intensive retreats worldwide as well as a variety of non-residential programs, workshops, and classes.
The written word is central to Sharon Salzberg’s teaching and studies. In her early Buddhist studies at the University of Buffalo, she discovered Chogyam Trungpa’s book, “Meditation in Action.” She later heard him speak at a nearby school: he was the first practicing Buddhist she encountered. While studying in India, Shunryu Suzuki’s book “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” profoundly influenced the direction of her meditation practice.
She is a regular contributor the the Huffington Post, and was a contributing editor of Oprah’s O Magazine for several years. She has appeared in Time Magazine, Yoga Journal, msnbc.com, Tricycle, Real Simple, Body & Soul, Mirabella, Good Housekeeping, Self, Buddhadharma, More and Shambhala Sun, as well as on a variety of radio programs.
Various anthologies on spirituality have featured Sharon Salzberg and her work, including “Meetings with Remarkable Women,” “Gifts of the Spirit,” “A Complete Guide to Buddhist America,” “Handbook of the Heart,” “The Best Guide to Meditation,” “From the Ashes—A Spiritual Response to the Attack on America,” and “How to Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism.”
Articles and Posts
- Why Anxiety Is So Persuasive — and Pervasive: Sharon Salzbergviews: 662
by Sharon Salzberg: A while back, I asked readers to suggest subjects for me to explore in this column, and the immediate request was that I write about anxiety… Most people believe that we live in especially anxious times. Everywhere I teach, [...]
- Why Meditate? - Sharon Salzbergviews: 566
by Sharon Salzberg: Join Sharon Salzberg in February for her eighth annual Real Happiness Meditation Challenge! This free 28-day challenge is powerful exploration of the tools of meditation. Whether you are brand new to meditation, or a longtime practitioner, Sharon [...]
- Sharon Salzberg on Real Love and the Art of Mindful Connectionviews: 882
by Sharon Salzberg: We all yearn for connection, yet often feel trapped by our sense of isolation, anger, or envy. In her new book ‘Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection’… bestselling author and meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg explores how to [...]
- Why Loving-Kindness Takes Time: Sharon Salzbergviews: 639
by Sharon Salzberg: It’s only after we’ve practiced many times that we’ll begin to notice a habit developing—namely, letting ourselves off the hook once in awhile… The Path to Loving-Kindness: Choose Your Phrases Loving-kindness is meant to be done in the [...]
- Sharon Salzberg: What Does Mindfulness Really Mean Anyway?views: 1036
by Sharon Salzberg: There is no doubt that “mindfulness” is having a moment in the spotlight… Back in November 2013, David Hochman wrote a New York Times feature titled “Mindfulness: Getting Its Share of Attention,” indicating the initial surge in [...]
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- Sharon Salzberg The Capacity To Connect To Othersviews: 1391
- Sharon Salzberg And The Buddhist Concept of Metta Or Loving Kindnessviews: 2072
- Universal Compassionviews: 2032
- Sharon Salzberg on Loving Kindnessviews: 2310
- Meditation Practice as Skills Trainingviews: 1662
- Transform Your Mind, Change the World: Sharon Salzberg at TEDxBinghamtonUniversityviews: 1808
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- "Life is like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope - a slight change, and all patterns alter."
- "Any ordinary favor we do for someone or any compassionate reaching out may seem to be going nowhere at first, but may be planting a seed we can't see right now. Sometimes we need to just do the best we can and then trust in an unfolding we can't design or ordain."
- "By prizing heartfulness above faultlessness, we may reap more from our effort because we're more likely to be changed by it."
- "Each decision we make, each action we take, is born out of an intention."
- "As I go through all kinds of feelings and experiences in my journey through life -- delight, surprise, chagrin, dismay -- I hold this question as a guiding light: "What do I really need right now to be happy?" What I come to over and over again is that only qualities as vast and deep as love, connection and kindness will really make me happy in any sort of enduring way."
- "If we fall, we don't need self-recrimination or blame or anger - we need a reawakening of our intention and a willingness to recommit, to be whole-hearted once again."