Author Archive | Sharon Salzberg

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Week Four of the Challenge 2017

I really believe that Lovingkindness is being developed in any skillful practice of meditation. If we go back to the first exercise we practiced, developing concentration by settling our attention on a chosen object, like the feeling of the breath, Read More

Week3

Week 3 of the Challenge

In Burma, there is a teaching story that is told about a hunter who goes into the forest to try to capture a bird. He may wander for a long time in the forest and, in the end, may not Read More

Week2

Week 2 of the Challenge

My Burmese meditation teacher, Sayadaw U Pandita, had a trick question he used to ask people, “How many breaths can you be with before your mind wanders?” The reason it is a trick question is that they believe it takes Read More

Week1

Welcome to Week 1 of the Challenge

Lily pointed out to me that we first began the challenge 7 years ago. In many ways, that feels like some time ago, and this is like a different world. Yet the kinds of difficulties people face establishing or renewing Read More

Group Photo at the 2016 Real Happiness Closing Party

Recording of Closing Party

We had a lovely closing party on Monday, Feb 29th for the Challenge, complete with a door prize and popcorn! It was so nice to spend some time together in person, since the Challenge has been predominantly a virtual experience Read More

Sharon Salzberg Community

Closing the Challenge

As we come to the end of the challenge, I find myself reflecting on the power of community we’ve experienced and the support we’ve enjoyed for a more continuous practice. Thank you all who participated…you’ve really inspired me, and moved Read More

What is Dana Ethan Nichtern

Thank You + The Practice of Dana

I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank everyone who has donated  to the Real Happiness Challenge this month. Your contributions made it possible for us to offer this month of practice along with it’s support team and the Read More

Lovingkindness Sharon Salzberg

Week Four of the Challenge

Lovingkindness opens our attention and makes it more inclusive, transforming the way we view ourselves and the world. Instead of being so caught up in the construct of “self” and “other” and “us” and “them” that we tend to walk Read More

Lodro Rinzler

Recording of Week Three Gathering

This week we met at the MNDFL in NYC for our Week Three Gathering with Lodro Rinzler. Here is a recording of the evening that includes a Dharma talk, a few guided meditations, questions and discussion. You may find some of your Read More

Mindfulness of Thoughts and Emotions Sharon Salzberg

Week Three of the Challenge

This week we are going to focus on Mindfulness of the mind: thoughts and emotions. These objects of mindfulness can be more subtle and fleeting, as is especially the case with thoughts. Whether thoughts or emotions, we tend to identify Read More


May all beings be happy ♡