Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a cofounder and a guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts.

One of the nation's leading meditation teachers and authors, Salzberg 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. 

In 1971, in Bodh Gaya, India, she attended her first intensive meditation course. She spent the next years engaged in intensive study with highly respected Buddhist teachers. She returned to the United States in 1974 and began teaching vipassana (insight) meditation.

In 1976, she established, together with Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, the Insight Meditation Society, which now ranks as one of the most prominent and active meditation centers in the Western world. In 1989, Salzberg and Goldstein cofounded the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. In 1998, they initiated the Forest Refuge, a secluded, longterm retreat center on the grounds of the Insight Meditation Society. 

Salzberg leads retreats, workshops, and classes around the world. She is the author of many popular books, including Real Happiness; The Force of Kindness; The Kindness Handbook; Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness; Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience; and A Heart as Wide as the World. She has also written many articles for O, The Oprah Magazine.

What Others are Saying About Sharon Salzberg

“Salzberg....helps us to stop our running madly in the wrong direction, to see the real thing right there, waiting for our tender, mindful awareness to enjoy its free reality.”
—Robert Thurman, PhD, author of Inner Revolution and Infinite Life: Awakening the Bliss Within

“Salzberg speaks from experience…an extraordinary teacher.”
O, The Oprah Magazine

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