Ep 2: Practicing Change with Sharon Salzberg

By Eleanor Bennett

Welcome to the second episode of the Climate, Mind and Behavior Podcast. Each episode, we’ll explore groundbreaking intersections between human behavior, resilience, climate change and contemplative practice.

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation teacher and New York Times best-selling author. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and has played a crucial role in bringing Buddhist meditation practices to the West. Sharon has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding retreats worldwide since 1974. She is a weekly columnist for On Being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and the author of many books including Real Happiness and Lovingkindness.

Sharon visited the Garrison Institute last month to co-lead the annual People Who Care for People retreat with the Holistic Life Foundation. We sat down together to discuss her personal journey from a meditation student studying in India in the early 1970s to a renowned teacher and the ways she connects her practice to social change and the global climate movement.

To learn more about Sharon Salzberg including a list of her upcoming retreats, visit her website, SharonSalzberg.com. This episode was produced by Eleanor Bennett. Our Theme music is composed by Zoë Keating. You can find her music on iTunes or on her website, Zoë Keating.com. The photograph for this episode is by Benjamin Balázs. To view the original in the unsplash.com archive, click here.

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