Sharon Salzberg is one of the foremost voices in American Buddhism today. Born in New York City, Sharon was among the first wave of seekers to bring Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and lovingkindness practices to this country. Along with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein, Sharon co-founded the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts in 1975, and has spent the past four decades deeply engaged in this work of integrating Eastern and Western spiritual traditions. She is the New York Times Best selling author of many books, including Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, A Heart as Wide as the World, and Real Happiness – The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (2010). I spoke to Sharon about the role of spiritual longing and how to cultivate curiosity, courage, and desire on the seekers path.