245 episodes

The Sharon Salzberg Metta Hour features Buddhist philosophy in a practical, common sense vernacular. Sharon’s natural wisdom, sense of humor and the ease with which she translates these teachings forge an intimate connection with the listener. From everyday experiences to pithy revelations, each podcast is a journey on the path of self-discovery.

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer, world-renowned teacher, and New York Times bestselling author.
She is one of the first to bring mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation to mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, inspiring generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers. Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, now in its second edition, and her seminal work, Lovingkindness. Her forthcoming release, Real Life: The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom, is set for release in April of 2023 from Flatiron Books. www.sharonsalzberg.com

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6 • 600 Ratings

The Sharon Salzberg Metta Hour features Buddhist philosophy in a practical, common sense vernacular. Sharon’s natural wisdom, sense of humor and the ease with which she translates these teachings forge an intimate connection with the listener. From everyday experiences to pithy revelations, each podcast is a journey on the path of self-discovery.

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer, world-renowned teacher, and New York Times bestselling author.
She is one of the first to bring mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation to mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, inspiring generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers. Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, now in its second edition, and her seminal work, Lovingkindness. Her forthcoming release, Real Life: The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom, is set for release in April of 2023 from Flatiron Books. www.sharonsalzberg.com

    Ep. 244 – Valerie Mason-John

    Ep. 244 – Valerie Mason-John

    For episode 244 Valerie Mason-John makes their first appearance on the Metta Hour to speak about their new book, “First Aid Kit for the Mind: Breaking the Cycle of Habitual Behaviors”.

    Valerie is a founding facilitator of Compassionate Inquiry and the author of eleven books, including the award-winning book, “Eight Step Recovery.” They are a co-founder of the training program, Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery, and work as a public speaker in the field of Mindfulness for Addiction and Trauma.

    In this conversation, Valerie and Sharon discuss:How lovingkindness saved Valerie’s lifeHow Valerie became the “Bully Doctor”Valerie’s journey in recoveryThe importance of community in recoveryRecovery CafeGabor Mate’s Compassionate InquiryThoughts are not factsFirst-Aid Kit for the MindThe breath is medicineWhat is still true? What can we rely on?Dharma: that which we can rely onThich Naht Hanh’s influence on ValerieHow to maintain mindfulness The role of Storytelling in Valerie’s workHow story compounds addictionPlaywriting and poetry as social justiceValerie closes the conversation with a guided meditation LOVE from their new book, First Aid Kit for the Mind. Learn more about Valarie’s work on their website right here.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep. 243 – Fireside Chat with Tuere Sala

    Ep. 243 – Fireside Chat with Tuere Sala

    For episode 243, we are continuing the Fireside Chat Series on the Metta Hour with guest Tuere Sala.

    This series features intimate conversations with longtime dharma teachers about the early days of their practice and the most impactful moments with their own teachers. Hosted by IMS Online, the third episode in this series. Tuere Sala is a Guiding Teacher at Seattle Insight Meditation Society and the founding teacher of the Capitol Hill Meditation Group. She is a retired prosecuting attorney who has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 30 years. Tuere has been teaching since 2010 and has a long history of assisting others in establishing and maintaining a daily practice. The conversation begins with a guided meditation from Tuere.

    In this episode, Sharon and Tuere discuss:What drew Tuere to the DharmaTuere’s work as a prosecutorFinding steadiness without fixing thingsHow sangha supports practiceSpiritual practice is not just about fixing what we don’t likeDeath is not a failureSuffering as poetry Sympathetic JoyHow gratitude cultivates energyTuere’s Christian faith The three refugesThe effects of guilt in our lives Tuere’s challenges with compassion What Tuere’s practice looks likeThe Thai Forrest Tradition Sharon’s favorite Dharma quote You can learn more about Tuere’s work on her website right here. Learn more about IMS Online right here.

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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Ep. 242 – Emma Seppälä

    Ep. 242 – Emma Seppälä

    For episode 242, Emma Seppälä, Ph.D. returns to the Metta Hour to speak about her new book, “Sovereign: Reclaim Your Freedom, Energy, and Power in a Time of Distraction, Uncertainty, and Chaos.”

     Emma is  a best-selling author, Yale lecturer, and international keynote speaker. She teaches executives at the Yale School of Management and is faculty director of the Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program. She is also the Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. A psychologist and research scientist by training, Emma’s expertise is the science of happiness, emotional intelligence, and social connection. 

    In this episode, Sharon and Emma discuss:Emma’s definition of the word “Sovereign”Self-loathing hiding out as self-criticism The toxic relationship with ourselvesThe myths of high-achievers Sharon’s story of facing self-imposed beliefsHow Emma has worked with self-loathingEmma’s first meditation experienceYou have to name it to tame itInternalizing the stories told about usAwareness + courageEmma’s definition of the term “self-compassion”The disempowerment of shameThe research around lovingkindnessHow intuition supports sovereigntyWhat research reveals about meditationThe science of happinessEmma’s study of breath-work for veterans Emma closes the conversation with a guided meditation. You can learn more about Emma’s work and get a copy of “Sovereign” on her website right here.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep. 241 – Zindel Segal & Norman Farb

    Ep. 241 – Zindel Segal & Norman Farb

    For episode 242, Sharon speaks with psychologist Zindel Segal, PhD, and neuroscientist Norman Farb, PhD, about their new book, Better in Every Sense: How the New Science of Sensation Can Help You Reclaim Your Life.

    Zindel is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders, University of Toronto Scarborough. He is a clinical psychologist whose research examines the use of mindfulness meditation in promoting affect regulation skills in people suffering from a depressive and anxiety based disorder. Norm is an Associate Professor, University of Toronto Mississauga and studies the social neuroscience of the self and human emotion, with a focus on how biases in self-representation shape emotional reactions that determine well-being.

    In this episode, Sharon, Zindel and Norm discuss:How Norm came to this workWhat inspired the new book, Better in Every SenseWhy people are languishingThe Default Mode Network versus Sensory NetworkThe positives of the “house of habit,” aka DMN“Breaking Frame” to solve problemsSense Foraging: shifting from thinking to sensingThe three steps in Sense ForagingThe role of equanimity in the Sensory NetworkHow Interoception relates to empathyThe conversation closes with a meditation breathing practice led by Zindel. You can learn more about Zindel and Norm’s book Better in Every Sense, right here. You can also check out Zindel’s first appearance on the Metta Hour Podcast from 2020 in Episode 144.

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 240 – Fireside Chat with Kamala Masters

    Ep. 240 – Fireside Chat with Kamala Masters

    For episode 240, we are continuing the Fireside Chat Series on the Metta Hour with Kamla Masters.

    This series features intimate conversations with longtime dharma teachers about the early days of their practice and the most impactful moments with their own teachers. Hosted by IMS Online, the second episode in this series. Kamala Masters is one of the founders and teachers of the Vipassana Metta Foundation on Maui. She teaches retreats in the Theravada tradition at venues worldwide, including being a Guiding Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts. The conversation begins with a five-minute guided meditation from Kamala.

    In this episode, Sharon and Kamala discuss:How Kamala and Sharon first metKamala’s primary teachers and influencesSharon’s first travel to IndiaHow Kamala first found meditationMunindra teaching Kamala a washing dishes meditationMunindra’s way of breaking barriers for SharonHow Sharon met Dipa MaHow Sharon reparented herself with her teachersMunindra’s directive to “try harder”Distinctions in meditation methodsHow Kamala started teachingSharing what their formal daily practice looks like todayHow they were taught lovingkindnessDo people need a teacher?How to practice the Ten ParamisHow to use mental notingWorking with physical ailments and painPerfectionism as a hindranceYou can learn more about Kamala’s work via the website for the Vipassana Metta Foundation on Maui right here.

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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Ep. 239 – Duncan Trussell and Raghu Markus

    Ep. 239 – Duncan Trussell and Raghu Markus

    For episode 239, Sharon chats with friends Duncan Trussell and Raghu Markus about their new audiobook Moving from the Movie of Me to the Movie of We.

    Duncan Trussell is a stand-up comedian, podcaster, writer, and actor. He is most known for his podcast The Duncan Trussell Family Hour. He produced and starred on the Netflix series The Midnight Gospel.

    Raghu Markus spent two years in India with Neem Karoli Baba and Ram Dass. He has been involved in music and transformational media since the early 1970s. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the Love Serve Remember Foundation and hosts the Mindrolling Podcast on the Be Here Now Network.

    In this episode, Sharon, Duncan and Raghu discuss:How the new book came to beThe healing is in the returnSelf pre-occupation versus self-loveThe guru in Duncan’s kidsRaghu’s parents meeting Neem Karoli BabaHow Duncan first met Ram DassRaghu and Duncan’s first hangFinding the mother archetypeWanting Jesus “with skin on”Ram Dass the therapistHow to cultivate unconditionalityGetting real with ourselvesDuncan’s formal practice“Remember Buddha Nature and your SS number” – RD
    The conversation closes with a guided meditation by Ram Dass on Loving Awareness.

    You can learn more about the new book Moving from the Movie of Me to the Movie of We right here.

    Listen to Duncan’s podcast and check out his upcoming comedy events right here.

    Listen to Raghu’s Mindrolling podcast right here.

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    • 1 hr 11 min

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Great teacher

Sharon is a great teacher. In my first guided meditation with her, I felt that I was limitless along with infinite time and space. Jon Katz

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Precious guidance

Sharon is such a skilled, insightful, relatable and likable teacher - I always feel more grounded and lighter in spirit after listening to her podcasts, and walk away with tangible practice guidance.

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Try to never miss one of Sharon’s podcasts. I learn something from every single one.

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