Sharon Salzberg has been practicing and studying in a variety of Buddhist traditions since 1970. She has trained with teachers from many countries, including India, Burma, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Since 1974, Sharon has been leading retreats worldwide. She teaches both intensive awareness practice and the profound cultivation of lovingkindness and compassion.

Sharon is a co-founder and guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre Massachusetts, devoted to offering meditation training in silent retreats of various lengths. She is also a co-founder of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, which focuses on the integration of Buddhist teachings into the modern world. She is the author of "The Force of Kindness: Change Your Life With Love and Compassion," "Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience," "Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness," and "A Heart as Wide as the World." Visit her website,

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