Sharon Salzberg

"Meeting Pain with Love"


“Loving-kindness is the profound knowledge that our lives are connected." – Sharon Salzberg

This week, we are incredibly honored to welcome the widely-adored Sharon Salzberg to DENtalks! Sharon is a world-renowned Buddhist meditation teacher, New York Times bestselling author, and one of the key influential people credited with bringing meditation to the West. She founded the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts in 1974 with friends and colleagues Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein, and shares stories of the early days when their movement was just getting started (from Boulder and the Santa Cruz mountains, all the way to the East Coast!) We talk about what it means to accept change, compassionately making space for pain, developing self-respect, and later break down the various approaches to ultimately achieving our goals. Don’t miss Sharon’s special loving-kindness meditation, where she guides us to find a sense of greater connection and compassion from ourselves to all beings beyond.

“We’re all so vulnerable, and there’s a feeling of not being alone in that.” – Sharon Salzberg



  • Loving Kindness


  1. Inspirational Teacher: Dipa Ma
  2. Favorite Piece of Art, Documentary, Theater, etc.: Hamilton
  3. Meditation You Rely on the Most: Loving-Kindness
  4. Daily Practice: I sit every day, usually for 40 minutes, and what I do changes from day to day at different times in my life. Right now, for example, I’m doing mindfulness more in my formal sitting, and loving kindness when I walk around.


  1. Inspirational Teacher 
    Martin Luther King 
  2. Favorite Documentary or Movie
    What Dreams May Come
  3. Current Obsession 
    Omad Lifestyle
  4. Food, Drink, or Object you can’t live without 
    Apple Cider Vinegar


  1. Type of Meditation you rely on most?
    Psychic Meditation which is energy tools, visual meditation which is also her personal practice
  2. Helpful tip for valuable meditation?
    Focus on your breath, take the pressure off yourself that you have to do it right. Keep showing up and try different meditation to find what works for you.
  3. Self-Care Hack? 
    I make sure to clear everyone out of my space every night and get out into nature. I clear people’s energy by creating a bubble out infront of you, putting everyone from the day in that bubble, and then blow up the bubble. This gives the person their energy back.
  4. If you could give any piece of life advice what would it be?
    If you don’t like how things are going, believe that you can change your perception and everything else will change.