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Sharon Salzberg, Best-selling author, teacher of Buddhist meditation practices in the West

Sharon Salzberg is a pioneer in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher, and a New York Times best-selling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching.

Sharon is the cofounder of the first Western meditation center in the United States: the Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, Massachusetts.

She has authored 10 books, including the New York Times best seller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness, and her 2017 release, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection.

Acclaimed for her down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast, Metta Hour, with over 70 episodes.

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Belonging & Unity
Path of the Courageous Heart
January 31 - February 2, 2020
How do we remain connected to light and love? How do we engage in the world with skillful action? Join two spiritual leading lights—Sharon Salzberg, the pioneer who brought meditation to the West, and Omid Safi, renowned expert in contemporary Islamic thought and spirituality—for a weekend immersion into the Path of the Courageous Heart. Drawing from Islamic Mysticism and Buddhism, these acclaimed teachers bring a unique approach to awakened living—joining Radical Love, mindfulness, and lovingkindness—in polarizing times.

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