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Metta Hour with Sharon Salzberg

Be Here Now Network

The Sharon Salzberg Metta Hour features Buddhist philosophy in a practical, common sense vernacular. Sharon’s natural wisdom, sense of humor and the ease with which she translates these teachings forge an intimate connection with the listener. From e...Show More
Ep. 97 – Raising Resilient Children with Dr. Christopher Willard and Dr. Mark Bertin

1:12:24 | Apr 29th

For the 97th episode of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon shares a conversation about raising resilient children with Mark Bertin, MD & Christopher Willard, PsyD. Buzz words such as “thriving,” “resilience,” and “mindfulness” may fill headlines and sel...Show More
Ep. 96 – Dr. Amishi Jha

39:23 | Apr 17th

For the 98th episode of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon speaks with Dr. Amishi Jha Ph.D. Amishi is a Neuroscientist, an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami, and the Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness R...Show More
Ep. 95 - Gary Gach

53:05 | Apr 1st

For the 95th Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon converses with meditation teacher and author Gary Gach.   Gary has been meditating and writing for nearly 60 years, and published numerous magazines and anthologies. He is the author of Complete Idiot's Guide...Show More
Ep. 94 – Ram Dass & Mirabai Bush

54:34 | Mar 18th

For the 94th episode of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon shares the stage with Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush! Live from the 2018 “Open Your Heart in Paradise” retreat, Sharon speaks with Ram Dass and Mirabai about embracing the dying process. How can we b...Show More
Ep. 93 – Eddie Stern

59:22 | Mar 5th

For the 94th episode of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon sits down with author and teacher Eddie Stern.
Ep. 92 – Lynn Nottage

1:33:40 | Feb 19th

Sharon and Lynn Nottage discuss art as social action and the way that Lynn’s sees her own writing as a way to cultivate more empathy in the world. They also speak about the correlation between the spiritual path and creative process.
Ep. 91 - Ellen Agler

49:04 | Feb 4th

For episode 91 of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon speaks with friend and author, Ellen Agler. Ellen serves as the CEO of the END Fund, a private philanthropic initiative working to see an end of the suffering caused by five neglected tropical disease...Show More
Ep. 90 – Guy Armstrong

54:53 | Jan 21st

For Sharon’s 90th episode of the Metta Hour Podcast, she speaks with longtime friend, Guy Armstrong. Guy Armstrong has practiced Insight Meditation for over 40 years, including training as a Buddhist monk in Thailand with Ajahn Buddhadasa. He began ...Show More
Ep. 88 – Frank Ostaseski celebrating Joan Halifax Book “Standing at the Edge”

1:20:00 | Dec 24th, 2018

In Episode 88 of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon joins Frank Ostaseski at an event that was recorded live at the JCC Manhattan in September of 2018 in celebration of Joan Halifax’s new book release, “Standing at the Edge.” Due to travel complications...Show More
Ep. 87 – Ruth King

59:00 | Dec 11th, 2018

In Episode 87 of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon speaks with author, teacher and activist, Ruth King. Ruth King is an international teacher in the Insight Meditation tradition, blending mindfulness and meditation principles with an exploration of rac...Show More
Ep. 86 - Oren Jay Sofer

52:04 | Nov 27th, 2018

In Episode 86 of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon speaks with teacher and author, Oren Jay Sofer. Find show notes and links here: https://beherenownetwork.com/sharon-salzberg-metta-hour-ep-86-oren-jay-sofer/ Oren Jay Sofer is a member of the Spirit ...Show More
Ep. 85 - Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

52:38 | Nov 12th, 2018

Find show notes and resources here: https://beherenownetwork.com/sharon-salzberg-metta-hour-ep-85-elisha-goldstein/ Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles and creator of the 6-month coaching and ...Show More
Ep. 84 – Lama Tsomo

1:05:29 | Oct 29th, 2018

For Episode 84 of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon speaks with Lama Tsomo, an American lama, author, and co-founder of the Namchak Foundation. Find show notes and resources here: https://beherenownetwork.com/metta-hour-ep-84-lama-tsomo/ Lama Tsomo ha...Show More
Ep. 83 – John O’Donohue

1:18:25 | Oct 15th, 2018

For Episode 83 of the Metta Hour Podcast, enjoy this conversation from the archives between Sharon and beloved author and Celtic mystic, John O’Donohue. Find show notes and resources here: https://beherenownetwork.com/metta-hour-ep-83-john-odonohue/...Show More
Ep. 82 - Rich Fernandez

48:36 | Oct 1st, 2018

In Episode 82 of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon speaks with Rich Fernandez, Ph.D. Find show notes and resources here: https://beherenownetwork.com/?p=14879&preview=true Rich Fernandez is the CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute an...Show More
Ep. 81 - Lama Tsultrim Allione

52:26 | Sep 23rd, 2018

Sharon speaks with longtime colleague Lama Tsultrim Allione for the 81st episode of the Metta Hour Podcast. Find show notes and resources here: https://beherenownetwork.com/metta-hour-ep-81-lama-tsultrim-allione/ Sharon and Lama open the conversati...Show More
Ep. 80 – Rhonda V. Magee

57:31 | Sep 4th, 2018

For the 80th episode of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon sits down with colleague Rhonda V. Magee. Rhonda V. Magee is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and is an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader on integrating M...Show More
Ep. 79 - Radical Love with Dr. Omid Safi

56:14 | Aug 20th, 2018

For the 79th episode of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon sits down with writer and teacher, Omid Safi. Omid is the Director of Duke University’s Islamic Studies Center and is the author of several books, including his most recent release, “Radical Love...Show More
Ep. 78 - How to Be Single and Happy with Dr. Jenny Taitz

51:47 | Aug 6th, 2018

For Episode 78 of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon speaks with Dr. Jennifer Taitz. Dr. Taitz is a board-certified cognitive-behavioral clinical psychologist, a certified dialectical behavioral therapist, and the author of two books: End Emotional Eatin...Show More
Ep. 77 – Daphne Zuniga

57:17 | Jul 24th, 2018

For the 77th episode of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon chats with actress, activist and meditator, Daphne Zuniga. Daphne is beloved by generations of moviegoers for her performances in such classic films as Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs, as Princess Vespa,...Show More
Ep. 76 – Finding the Space to Lead with Janice Marturano

52:01 | Jul 10th, 2018

In episode 76 of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon speaks in depth with colleague, Janice Marturano. Janice Marturano is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and sup...Show More
Ep. 75 - His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

44:28 | Jun 25th, 2018

For episode 75 of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon shares a talk from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. In this 1979 talk at Insight Meditation Society, His Holiness looks at the potential for spiritual practice to transform ourselves and the world we...Show More
Ep. 74 - Roshi Joan Halifax

46:09 | Jun 11th, 2018

For the 74th episode of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon speaks with Roshi Joan Halifax about cultivating the qualities of a compassionate life found in her newest book: Standing at the Edge.
Ep. 73 – Real Love Series: Alanis Morissette

40:02 | May 28th, 2018

For episode twenty of the Real Love Series of the Metta Hour podcast, Sharon has a candid conversation with Alanis Morissette.  In this episode, Sharon and Alanis talk about addiction, creativity, meditation and love.
Ep. 72 - Tsoknyi Rinpoche

49:59 | May 14th, 2018

For episode 72 of the Metta Hour Podcast, Sharon speaks with one of her longtime teachers, Tsoknyi Rinpoche. Recorded live in Louisville, KY at the 2018 Festival of Faiths, this conversation touches on the theme of the 23rd annual festival 'Sacred I...Show More
Ep. 71 - Why We Practice with George Mumford

46:07 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Live from the Garrison Institute, George Mumford joins Sharon for a conversation around why we practice and offers insight to those who are still new to meditation.
Ep. 70 – Real Love Series: Love Your Enemies w/ Lily Cushman

1:26:46 | Apr 3rd, 2018

For episode nineteen of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon looks at how we can cultivate compassion for our enemies with Lovingkindness practice. This episode features kirtan lead by Lily Cushman who is the co-founder and director of the Brooklyn ...Show More
Ep. 69 – Real Love Series: Catherine Burns

37:43 | Mar 1st, 2018

For episode eighteen of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon speaks with Catherine Burns, from the Moth, about transforming our perspective and connecting with others through storytelling.
Ep. 68 - Real Happiness Meditation Challenge 2018

1:00:24 | Feb 13th, 2018

This week, Sharon explores the powerful tools of meditation at the launch of the Eight Annual Real Happiness Meditation Challenge. Whether you are brand new to meditation, or a longtime practitioner, Sharon offers down-to-earth expertise based on 40...Show More
Ep. 67 – Real Love Series: Chodo and Koshin

48:52 | Jan 23rd, 2018

For episode seventeen of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon shares a conversation with Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell and Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison from the New York Zen Center For Contemplative Care. Senseis Chodo and Koshin speak with Sharon abo...Show More
Ep. 66 - Real Love Series: Rev. angel Kyodo williams & Robert Wright

50:28 | Dec 19th, 2017

For episode sixteen of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon has a candid conversation with author Robert Wright and Reverend angel Kyodo williams around Buddhism, love and politics.
Ep. 65 - Real Love Series: Stephen Cope

1:03:03 | Nov 27th, 2017

For episode 15 of the Real Love Podcast Series, Stephen Cope joins Sharon for a conversation around the science behind loving-kindness practice.
Ep. 64 - Real Love Series: Dr. Dan Siegel

51:56 | Nov 6th, 2017

For episode 14 of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon speaks to Dr. Dan Siegel about the neuroscience behind love, relationships and awareness.
Ep. 63 - Real Love Series: Tim Ryan Pt.2

48:32 | Oct 16th, 2017

For episode 13 of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon continues her conversation with Congressman Tim Ryan about love in the political landscape.
Ep. 61 – Real Love Series: Tricycle Magazine

1:18:24 | Aug 7th, 2017

For the 11th episode of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon is interviewed by James Shaheen, the Editor and Publisher of Tricycle Magazine.
Ep. 60 – Real Love Series: Rosanne Cash

1:18:32 | Jul 17th, 2017

For the tenth episode of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon sits down with Rosanne Cash for a fascinating conversation about the intersection between love, creativity and music.
Ep. 59 - Real Love Series: Jack Kornfield

45:24 | Jul 3rd, 2017

For episode nine of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon speaks with meditation teacher and author, Jack Kornfield. Sharon and Jack Kornfield originally met in the 1970s in Colorado and went on to found the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA al...Show More
Ep. 58 - Real Love Series: Tim Ryan Pt.1

23:13 | Jun 19th, 2017

For episode eight of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon talks with Congressman Tim Ryan about love in the political landscape. Tim currently serves in the U.S. Congress representing Ohio's 13th District. He was first elected to the U.S. House of Re...Show More
Ep. 57 - Real Love Series: Tara Brach

38:54 | Jun 12th, 2017

For episode seven of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon talks with meditation teach and author, Tara Brach. Tara is the author of many books, including the "Radical Acceptance" and "True Refuge," and is the founder the Insight Meditation Community...Show More
Ep. 56 - Real Love Series: Dr. Mark Epstein

39:52 | Jun 5th, 2017

For the sixth episode of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon sits down with renowned psychiatrist and author, Dr. Mark Epstein. Mark Epstein has paved the way for the cross-section of Western psychotherapy with Buddhist philosophy in the West, writ...Show More
Ep. 55 – Real Love Series: Tim DeChristopher

52:35 | May 29th, 2017

For her fifth episode of the Real Love Podcast Series, Sharon speaks with environmental activist Tim DeChristopher. In December of 2008, Tim disrupted a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction by registering as “Bidder 70” and outbidding oil co...Show More
Ep. 54 – Real Love Series: Bell Hooks

43:07 | May 22nd, 2017

Sharon is joined by Bell Hooks for a heartfelt conversation about the transformative power of love. Bell Hooks is a cultural critic, feminist theorist, and writer. Celebrated as one of our nation’s leading public intellectual by The Atlantic Monthly...Show More
Ep. 53 – Real Love Series: Emma Seppälä

47:30 | May 15th, 2017

The Happiness Track - Emma Seppälä is the Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research in addition to her role as Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional...Show More
Ep. 52 - Real Love Series: Holistic Life Foundation

1:54:28 | May 8th, 2017

Sharon is joined by Holistic Life Foundation co-founders Andres Gonzalez and brothers Ali and Atman Smith for a conversation around the role of love in community building. The Real Love Podcast Series is a special series on the Metta Hour featuring ...Show More
Ep. 51 - Real Love Series: Ram Dass

54:24 | May 1st, 2017

Sharon sits down with Ram Dass and Raghu Markus for a conversation about Ram Dass's relationship with his Guru, Neem Karoli Baba, and how that relationship transformed his ability to love himself and others in his life. Recorded live in December 2016...Show More
Ep. 50 - Love Your Enemies

50:21 | Apr 6th, 2017

Live from Deepak HomeBase, Sharon shares wisdom on learning to love your enemies. In this special talk, Sharon explores inner and outer enemies, looks at the fear, anger and anguish generated by being stuck in a mode of "us" and "them", and focuses ...Show More
Ep. 49 - Contemplating Intentionality

43:20 | Mar 13th, 2017

Live from the Garrison Institute, Sharon contemplates the role of intentionality in our actions. Joined by the co-host of the evening, Ethan Nichtern, Sharon explores the different components of our actions and how intentionality affects each of the...Show More
Ep. 48 - Person, Place, Thing with Randy Cohen

44:49 | Feb 20th, 2017

On this special episode of Metta Hour, Sharon visits humorist Randy Cohen's podcast, Person Place Thing, to talk about her most inspirational "Thing," the Statue of Liberty. Person Place Thing is an interview show based on this idea: people are part...Show More
Ep. 47 - Living in the Dharma: Insight Meditation Society Benefit with Joseph Goldstein

1:10:33 | Feb 1st, 2017

Joseph Goldstein joins Sharon to talk about overcoming obstacles through meditative practice and living in the dharma. Recorded live from the Insight Meditation Society’s 40th anniversary benefit.
Ep. 46 - Getting Used To It

46:49 | Jan 11th, 2017

Sharon shares insight and words of encouragement on our meditative practice. We get a better understanding of the meaning of the word meditation and context for how it works in our lives. We learn to appreciate meditation as cultivation and the impor...Show More
Ep. 45 - Along the Path

55:15 | Dec 12th, 2016

This week, Sharon digs the into some of the reoccurring challenges we all encounter along the path. Our path to liberation is not a linear one of progression, in which we clear hurdles that never return. Instead, it is a circular journey that keeps c...Show More
Ep. 44 – Reflections for Sustained Practice

40:29 | Nov 21st, 2016

Sharon shares four reflections on the Dharma that will sustain us in our practice. Who in the Western world can imagine sitting in silent meditation for years at a time? What can we do, especially as novices, to remind ourselves the purpose and impor...Show More
Ep. 43 - The Historical Buddha

56:34 | Oct 31st, 2016

This special episode of Metta Hour is dedicated to exploring the life of the historical Buddha. Sharon discusses the historical Buddha as a human, legendary figure, and mystic, in addition to his role as teacher, historical figure, and founder of a t...Show More
Ep. 42 - Rev Angel Kyodo Williams - Bridging Activism & Spirituality

1:24:31 | Oct 10th, 2016

This week on, Metta Hour, Sharon has a conversation with Rev Angel Kyodo Williams about political activism and spiritual practice. What is the interplay between activism and personal practice? Sharon and Rev Angel Kyodo Williams discuss the qualities...Show More
Ep. 41 - Transformational Activism: Ethan Nichtern & Eric Schneiderman

1:12:01 | Sep 19th, 2016

Sharon sits down with Ethan Nichtern and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to talk about transformational activism. The three discuss what exactly transformational activism is and how Ethan and Eric have been using the approach to promote p...Show More
Ep. 40 - Inner City Youth and Meditation

1:25:16 | Aug 29th, 2016

Sharon sits down with Ali Smith, Andy Gonzalez and Atman Smith of the Holistic Life Foundation at the JCC Manhattan to talk about their work bringing mindfulness and yoga to inner city youth in their hometown of Baltimore, MD.   The Holistic Life Fou...Show More
Ep. 39 – Buddha with a Smartphone with Ethan Nichtern

1:01:02 | Aug 8th, 2016

In this episode, Sharon sits down with author and Buddhist teacher, Ethan Nichtern. Together they discuss with their live audience, life with a smartphone and how technology affects our spiritual development. Ethan highlights the use of technology as...Show More
Ep. 38 – Metta, Concentration and Balance

54:59 | Jul 20th, 2016

We are reminded that when we are seeking balance, to practice meditation is to make a home of the deeper places that we have touched in our encounters with joy and sorrow. Loving Kindness is fueled by the truth, and therefore has the power to change ...Show More
Ep. 37 - Questions On Loving Kindness

26:00 | Jun 20th, 2016

Pulling from her insight and wealth of experience in the art of mindfulness, Sharon responds to some of the questions and concerns that often arise when one delves into the practice of Loving Kindness meditation. This particular practice is unique in...Show More
Ep. 36 - Congressman Tim Ryan at Mindful Life Conference

48:03 | May 17th, 2016

Sharon and Congressman Tim Ryan discuss voting and mindfulness in politics and the role of mindfulness in schools. Recorded at the 2016 Mindful Life Conference.
Ep. 35 - The Path

52:42 | Apr 14th, 2016

What does it mean to be born into this human form, with an ever-changing body and mind subjected to forces seemingly out of our control? How can we possibly feel at home in our own lives, amidst the inevitable torrent of change? Sharon discusses this...Show More
Ep. 34 - Taking Refuge

45:43 | Mar 15th, 2016

A welcome explanation of what it truly means to seek refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Likening refuge to the Buddhist concept of ‘Bright Faith’, Sharon describes the power of possibility in keeping our spirits alive and moving. When ...Show More
Ep. 33 - Three Skills of Meditation

52:43 | Feb 1st, 2016

Sharon offers an overview of the context in which we practice, providing insight and instruction for some of the basic tenements of meditation. This skills training can bring steadfast and sustainable concentration to the mind, promoting balance and ...Show More
Ep. 32 - Rapture

45:27 | Jan 11th, 2016

Piti is the Pali word for rapture, defined as an enthusiasm or sense of zeal that is often characterized by feelings of happiness, delight, and satisfaction. When developed, this quality pervades both the body and the mind with the energy of exhilara...Show More
Ep. 31 - Sympathetic Joy Pt. 2

28:05 | Dec 14th, 2015

Sharon discusses some of the more common obstacles to sympathetic joy and offers methods that promote both the practice and sustainability of this quality. Learning to let go of our judgments and allowing others to live as they choose is often a cruc...Show More
Ep. 30 - Sympathetic Joy Pt. 1

30:53 | Nov 30th, 2015

Sharon explains the specific form of joy that comes from taking genuine delight in the happiness of others. Engaging in this practice challenges our deepest assumptions of who we are and what it means to be truly content. Releasing ourselves from the...Show More
Ep. 29 - Equanimity and Faith

58:46 | Nov 16th, 2015

Sharon describes the spacious realm of equanimity and its role in cultivating and preserving an abiding sense of faith. When we can maintain a genuine presence with whatever comes our way, we open ourselves to the boundless compassion that stems from...Show More
Ep. 28 - Training Attention: Metta

53:09 | Oct 19th, 2015

Identifying and acknowledging our habitual thought patterns is the first step in developing a greater sense of awareness regarding our moment-to-moment existence. The meditative process is rooted in this recognition and subsequent experimentation wit...Show More
Ep. 27 - Introduction to Metta

50:01 | Oct 5th, 2015

“It is the truth that liberates, not your efforts to be free” - J. Krishnamurti   Sharon helps us to appreciate the sense of clarity that naturally arises when our view is no longer distorted by our fears, biases, and judgments of the world around us...Show More
Ep. 26 - Going Home

56:01 | Sep 21st, 2015

How can we be passionate while remaining at ease, moving forward in our investigation without losing our center? Sharon describes meditation as a means for learning how to sit in the heart of the paradoxes that we encounter on our path. We have to re...Show More
Ep. 25 - Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity

55:38 | Aug 24th, 2015

Sharon discusses some of the qualities that often accompany Metta, and explains the synergistic and supportive relationship they promote. When brought together these forces generate a sense of balance that is both genuine and sustainable. Equanimity ...Show More
Ep. 24 - Proximity (featuring Raghu Markus)

54:21 | Aug 23rd, 2015

Raghu Markus returns to the Metta Hour to discuss a recent blog from Sharon regarding the role of proximity in understanding the ubiquitous nature of our lives. There is a capacity within us to see ourselves in one another as we begin to explore the ...Show More
Ep. 23 - Practicing in the World

59:45 | Aug 10th, 2015

Experiences come and go with a dreamlike flow that often leaves us wondering how we ever got so lost in the moment. The miracle of mindfulness comes through its ability to bring greater perspective to the full spectrum of emotions that will undoubted...Show More
Ep. 22 - The Cloud of Delusion

55:27 | Jul 27th, 2015

Delusion clouds our judgment and prevents us from seeing things as they truly are. It often carries with it a sense of apprehension or uncertainty, which strips us of the energy required to look deeply at our lives. One of the greatest dangers is its...Show More
Ep. 21 - Suffering as an Opening to Faith

58:07 | Jul 1st, 2015

What is it that happens within certain individuals that allows an emergence from a place of suffering into a space of greater faith and trust in the world in which they navigate? This alchemical process seems to be born of an understanding and apprec...Show More
Ep. 20 - The Five Hindrances

54:31 | Jun 17th, 2015

‘The mind is naturally radiant and pure. The mind is shining. It is because of visiting forces that we suffer’ - The Buddha Sharon identifies and thoroughly deconstructs some of the more common obstacles encountered in practice, emphasizing the non-l...Show More
Ep. 19 - Greed, Hatred, and Delusion

57:01 | Jun 6th, 2015

Sharon outlines a few of the more powerful conditioned forces that can often motivate and form the basis for our intentions. Thankfully, she also provides some methodology for the purification of these mental states, and offers practical advice for i...Show More
Ep. 18 - Balance

56:26 | May 25th, 2015

An exploration of the potential role of balance in bringing liberation from the tyranny of the form of practice, by looking beyond the various methods employed into the essence of our purpose in doing the work. All of our ‘skillful means’ are, in tru...Show More
Ep. 17 - Doubt

49:49 | May 12th, 2015

Doubt is essentially a form of indecision, a crossroads at which we are hesitant to move in any specific direction. It can be truly seductive in its ability to habituate the mind, rendering us paralyzed to act in its presence. Sharon provides a revea...Show More
Ep. 16 - Perspective

52:15 | Apr 30th, 2015

There are so many events that occur completely unbeknownst to us throughout our day-to-day lives. Our understanding changes when we discover that the possibility exists to shift our perspective in a way that illuminates or clarifies our awareness. Ho...Show More
Ep. 15 - Three Visionary Statements of the Buddha

48:40 | Apr 20th, 2015

“I teach one thing and one thing only, that is suffering and the end of suffering’- Buddha. Sharon analyzes a few of the great sage’s profound statements in an effort to illuminate the practical truth therein. Whether interpreted through text, or exp...Show More
Ep. 14 - Buddhist Personality Type and the Wisdom of Trust

38:55 | Apr 8th, 2015

Sharon is joined by MPN'ers Raghu Markus and Noah Lampert. Topics of discussion include anger, buddhist personality types and the wisdom of trust.
Ep. 13 - Real Happiness at Work

54:26 | Apr 2nd, 2015

What does real happiness actually feel like, and how can we embody the essence with clarity and compassion?  Sharon provides a detailed exploration of this perceived problem and offers insight into the creation of a deeper and more sustainable sense ...Show More
Ep. 12 - Concentration & Insight

49:48 | Mar 20th, 2015

We often experience ourselves as a fragmented and scattered assimilation of thoughts and emotions. How can we gather this fractured energy and return to our natural state of mindful awareness? In this lecture Sharon provides a thorough breakdown of t...Show More
Ep. 11 - Open Your Heart In Paradise Q&A

28:23 | Mar 7th, 2015

Sharon responds to a variety of questions at the 2010 Open Your Heart in Paradise retreat. Topics discussed include the necessity and desire for a spiritual teacher, merging loving kindness with forgiveness, and the struggles that can accompany even ...Show More
Ep. 10 - Mindful Millennials

57:36 | Feb 23rd, 2015

Sharon Salzberg and Jared Levy join Raghu Markus for a discussion about the current spiritual landscape, and some of the more encouraging contrasts from their earlier days in practice. The group also comments on the power of purpose in creating our i...Show More
Ep. 09 - It's All About Relationship

49:37 | Feb 7th, 2015

Sharon details her origin story in relation to mindfulness practice and describes the different approaches we can take in integrating meditation into our lives. The core teaching begins with the recognition that we have the potential to change our re...Show More
Ep. 08 - Love is Space

34:41 | Jan 5th, 2015

‘Develop a mind so filled with love that it resembles space’. Sharon uses this quote, from the Buddha, to emphasize the value in creating a vast and loving space from which we can operate. This cultivation can come in the form of expanded awareness, ...Show More
Ep. 07 - Aspirations

29:46 | Dec 22nd, 2014

What is it that we are really looking for from our lives, and do we have the ability to approach these aspirations with genuine confidence? In meditation, we get to redefine happiness, and look critically at our perceived fears and short comings. We ...Show More
Ep. 06 - Foundations of Forgiveness

24:45 | Dec 4th, 2014

Through Loving Kindness we sense our deep connection to the world around us. From that awareness arises compassion, which recognizes suffering, on all levels, and responds accordingly. Loving kindness doesn't seek to label or define the qualities or ...Show More
Ep. 05 - The Eightfold Path

45:39 | Nov 18th, 2014

Sharon is joined by her longtime friend, and fellow MindPod patron, Raghu Markus, for a thoughtful and thorough discussion of the principles involved in the Buddhist teaching of the Eightfold Path, as well as how we can apply its core sentiments to o...Show More
Ep. 04 - The Brahma Viharas

39:28 | Oct 28th, 2014

In this talk, from the 2010 Open Your Heart in Paradise retreat, Sharon discusses the four virtues, known within the Buddhist tradition as the Brahma Viharas, as well as the meditation practices designed to cultivate them. These qualities, of loving-...Show More
Ep. 03 - Faith and Loving Kindness

42:32 | Oct 1st, 2014

Within Buddhism, Faith is not held as a commodity, but is actually experienced as a journey that we embark upon. It becomes necessary to explore and investigate the insight surrounding this extraordinary sense of presence and connectedness. There is ...Show More
Ep. 02 - Meditation

36:42 | Sep 29th, 2014

Taken from the 2010 Open Your Heart in Paradise retreat, Sharon relates the act of meditation to an alchemical process in which we convert the conceptual into the felt presence of direct experience. The array of what we might encounter in meditation ...Show More
Ep. 01 - The Buddha Within

39:13 | Sep 23rd, 2014

In this talk, Sharon touches on the concept of the Buddha as a human being, who had real questions, much like our own. What he discovered was found through the power of his own awareness, and through his teachings we too can uncover our own innate co...Show More