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Sharon Salzberg

Vipassana meditation teacher and author

Sharon Salzberg, one of America’s most well-known Buddhist meditation teachers and authors, has been leading meditation retreats throughout the world for more than three decades. She began teaching Vipassana (insight) meditation when she returned from intensive studies in India in the early 1970s.

With Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield, Sharon cofounded the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, which has since become one of the most prominent and active meditation centers in the West. She and Joseph Goldstein expanded their vision by cofounding the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS), and the Forest Refuge, a long-term retreat center.

A New York Times best-selling author, Sharon focuses her teachings on both Vipassana and the deep and profound practice of metta (lovingkindness) meditation. Her numerous books include Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness; Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience; A Heart as Wide as the World; and the bestseller Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, A 28-Day Program. Her newest book is Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. Sharon’s writing has also been published in The Sun magazine, on Huffington Post, and been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine.

Upcoming Programs

Heart of Devotion

November 16 - 18, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

Reach into your heart, open it up, and break free of the limiting beliefs and expectations of love we all carry. The risk of becoming vulnerable is less than the risk of becoming separate from your most authentic life and dearest loved ones. Join two longtime friends and colleagues, Krishna Das and Sharon Salzberg, for...

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Previous Programs

Lovingkindness Retreat

May 26 - 28, 2017

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

Lovingkindness is a meditation that cultivates our natural capacity for an open and loving heart. Although frequently denigrated in our culture as simplistic and weak, the quality of kindness has an inherent power to transform our worldview from one of fear and isolation to one rooted in clarity, courage, compassion, and genuine happiness. Lovingkindness is...

Applied Mindfulness

September 8 - 15, 2017

Friday - Friday, 7 nights

We live in a time when meditation and mindfulness are becoming widespread in individual lives and institutions, teaching us tools for tapping into our capacity for authentic presence, stronger relationships, fulfilling work, and increased resilience and well-being. This immersion provides a special opportunity for those who are interested in or currently using mindfulness in professional...

Real Love

March 16 - 18, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

To love ourselves, we must know ourselves. To love one another, we must know one another. But our assumptions, distractions, fears, expectations, and personal sense of unworthiness obscure these kernels of truth. As William James wisely explained, “Our view of the world is truly shaped by what we decide to hear.” Join Vipassana meditation pioneer...