Sharon Salzberg and Sylvia Boorstein: Cultivating the Kind Heart as the Path to Liberation

Open to the public

The teachings on the kindness of the Buddha (the Mettã Sutta) are the basis of this exploration of the power of kindness to redefine strength and cut through old patterns of fear and agitation. We will look at the development of a generous heart, integrity, a powerful steadiness of attention, and a lived experience of interdependence and community.

We will alternate periods of silent sitting and walking meditation with didactic presentations and question and answer periods. Retreatants will be asked to undertake the practice of social silence (speaking only in question and answer sessions or for assistance with retreat logistics) in order to allow each participant to have ample opportunity to attend to their own inner process. There will be a guided Hatha Yoga session each day. The retreat is appropriate for both beginning and experienced meditation practitioners.


Sylvia BoorsteinSylvia Boorstein, a psychotherapist since 1967, has been a meditation teacher since 1985 and is a co-founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. She is the author of many books, including It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There; That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist; and Pay Attention, For Goodness’ Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness. For more information about Sylvia, please visit:

Sharon SalzbergSharon Salzberg has been a student of Buddhism since 1971, and has been leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974.  She teaches both intensive awareness practice (vipassana or insight meditation) and the profound cultivation of lovingkindness and compassion (the Brahma Viharas).  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 the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program, published by Workman Publishing. She is also the author of The Force of Kindness, published by Sounds True; Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, published by Riverhead Books; and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, published by Shambhala Publications. For more information about Sharon, please visit:

December 5th, 2013 3:00 PM   through   December 8th, 2013 3:00 PM
Open to the public