Though we may know what is best for us, the human mind is characterized by the tendency to contradict its own best intentions, to split off from what it knows to be right, and to create conflicts where none exist. This self-sabotage makes progress difficult and can weaken a seeker’s resolve. What are the tools at our disposal for mastering balance in spiritual life? How can we end the ongoing battle between resistance and our own best interests? Renowned meditation teacher, Sharon Salzberg is this month’s guest interview. Mark talks to Sharon about tools for maintaining equanimity in daily life.
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Guest Interview with Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg has been a student of Buddhism since 1971, and has led meditation classes and retreats worldwide since 1974. She teaches both intensive awareness practice (insight meditation) and the profound cultivation of lovingkindness and compassion in a non-sectarian, inclusive framework. She is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.
Sharon’s latest book is Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, published by Workman Publishing. She is also the author of several other books including the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (2010), Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier with Robert Thurman (2013), Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (2002), and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995).
Sharon has played a crucial role in bringing meditation practice to the West, and is committed to exploring the role of spiritual awareness in daily life and in issues of social justice.