The Mindful Path with Sharon Salzberg

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Buddha said those who are mindful are on the path to the deathless, and those who are mindless are as if already dead. But how do we become mindful? Sharon Salzberg, who has been practicing Buddhist meditation for over twenty-five years, offers this definition: "Mindfulness means being aware of what our present experience is without necessarily reacting according to the habits of our minds." We can choose to set aside five minutes a day to be mindful, or we can practice loving-kindness and mindfulness all day long. We all have our own path and our own unique challenges, as well as the potential for our own unique form of enlightenment. But Salzberg reminds us that, "We share this life, we share this planet--we can move through this life on Earth with a sense of connection rather than separation." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Salzberg is a founder of the Insight Meditation Society.

She is the author of:

  • Loving Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Shambhala 2008)
  • A Heart as Wide as the World: Living with Mindfulness, Wisdom and Compassion (Shambhala 1997)
  • Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience (Riverhead Books 2003)
  • Unplug (Sounds True 2008)

To learn more about the work of Sharon Salzberg go to

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How to be who you really are
  • What are her personal recollections of the Dalai Lama
  • How to develop mindfulness
  • What is American Buddhism
  • Why we often feel shame when we are suffering
  • How to accept your unhappy moments
  • How to discover the road to freedom
  • How to redirect that first rash impulse
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 3/31/1998       Program Number: 2710