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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; New edition edition (March 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570624283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570624285
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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     "Sharon Salzberg understands the power of story, skillfully [employing] anecdotes from her own life and others' to enliven Buddhist teachings and to demonstrate their relevance to every aspect of life. Salzberg has written a book brimming with the mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion that she teaches so well." – Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Sharon Salzberg is one of America's leading spiritual teachers and authors. A practitioner of Buddhist meditation for over thirty years, she is a co-founder of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Insight Meditation Society, and she directs meditation retreats throughout the United States and abroad.

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Sharon Salzberg has been a student of Buddhism since 1971, and 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 Real Happiness At Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace, published by Workman Publishing. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and is also the author of several other books including the New York Times Best Seller, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program (2010), Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier with Robert Thurman (2013), Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (2002), and Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (1995).

Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work. "Each of us has a genuine capacity for love, forgiveness, wisdom and compassion. Meditation awakens these qualities so that we can discover for ourselves the unique happiness that is our birthright." For more information about Sharon, please visit: www.SharonSalzberg.com.



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I learned a bunch from this book, and it really has deepened my practice.
Wisdom Lover
Sharon Salzberg is such a capable, warm, and inspiring voice for Western Buddhism.
Sedro
I haven't finished this book yet, but it is as good as I was hoping so far.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Sharon Salzberg has written a beautiful and profound book about practicing the dharma, living the dharma, and spreading the dharma. She relates wonderful stories of her own experiences, many involving the great spiritual teachers of our day. I was continuously inspired by her writing. I highly recommend this book for anyone who'd like to have an inspiring spiritual book around the house. The best part of the book is that it is written in 1-2 page chapters, each one an immediate hit of pure dharma. So, I can just flip the book open, have a quick read, and come away very happy. A great book, indeed!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Clark Freshman on April 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read this about a year ago when I first started meditating seriously, and I picked it up again a little while ago -- it's as if the book changed since I last read it. So much more of it resonates with me now, and I'm glad I bought it rather than just checking out from a library. What's very nice about the book is that it's written in nice little essay form -- like little talks -- and one can read them in a few minutes before bed and then sleep nicely thinking -- or perhaps NOT thinking! -- about them.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sedro on January 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Sharon Salzberg is such a capable, warm, and inspiring voice for Western Buddhism. This work beautifully weaves together Buddhist philosophy and practice, reality and practicality, compassion and joy. She fleshes out concepts of meditation and mindfulness using her own experiences, often amusing, without drawing attention to herself. Rather, she is a skilled teacher who guides the student on his/her own journey.
Whether Buddhist or not, beginner mind or monk, most readers will celebrate this work.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Swing King on March 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
Sharon Salzberg's most stressed point within this work is the practice of meditation so that we can come to see life more clearly; acknowledging the interconnection of all sentient beings and practicing loving kindness towards one another. She reminds us all that compassion is not mere empathy, empathy is simply cognizant. True compassion requires action to "materialize."
The book is basically a compilation of various teachings she's received from various Buddhist traditions throughout the years, guides such as H. H. the Dalai Lama to name just one among many mentioned herein.
Sharon co-found the Insight Meditation Society, an organization devoted toward spreading the Buddha's teachings throughout the world. While at the center she has met countless teachers and taken in 84,000 teachings throughout the years, and lucky you and I can access these fine teachings here in this relatively short, yet very concise, read. Enjoy!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A HEART AS WIDE AS THE WORLD is filled with amusing, heartfelt, spiritual stories that make us feel good, teach us, and inform our meditative lives. I look at it again and again for the short bursts of heart-centered stories that it contains. They help me get through a tough day for sure. I recommend this book whole-heartedly!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bilskie (soil@digitalpla.net) on July 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The previous reviews summarize my general feelings about this fine work. I would like to add that I've found the book very useful as a reference. As I read the book over and over I make notes and keep a personal index which allows me to browse the book easily when dealing with a particular issue in my practice. Rereading a pertinent section provides insight and gives me another resource.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wisdom Lover on June 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
A great book for most everyone who is seriously committed to making the world a better place by also making yourself a better person. Her warm personal stories commingle with Buddhist principles. Before I knew it I had finished the book! I learned a bunch from this book, and it really has deepened my practice. Ms. Salzberg has such a friendly, easy going way of discussing powerful spiritual principles that it truly makes them accessible to everyone. If I find them accessible, then most anyone will! I really do highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie on April 25, 2012
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I take a long car trip a couple of times a year. I used to check out several books on tape from the library to keep me company. One time, I checked out this book. Since then, this is just about the only book I listen to on my trips--I listen to it once on the trip out and once on the trip back. This book is sort of a primer to life--how to live effectively and happily and in acceptance. You don't need to have a Buddhist practice to find this book meaningful and useful--but if you do, it is the best description of what such a practice is about that I have ever come across. I share sections of it with my class on stress management--there are several sections about how we stress ourselves out and how to stop doing it, and Salzberg makes them come to life with examples from her own experience. She speaks, for example, about how worrying about future pain intensifies current pain, using as an example how she confronted the pain she initially experienced when sitting in meditation. She gives wonderful examples of how judging ourselves for not being perfect keeps us from making progress, speaking of how she struggled with judging herself for having her mind wander during meditation--and how the time she spent judging herself was time when she wasn't practicing staying in the moment. She tells of how Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, used the time she was put into prison by the Myanmar government as time to practice lovingkindness and found it a meaningful and useful time in her life as a result (what an inspiration!). For me, this book is priceless. I just wish they'd put it out in c.d.
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