187 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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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. 186 – Stephen Cope

    Ep. 186 – Stephen Cope

    Stephen Cope and Sharon Salzberg come together in Metta Hour to discuss dharma and the shared struggles of humanity. In this episode Sharon and Stephen talk about:How Stephen arrived at Kripalu CenterStephen's new bookThe Bhagavad GitaDharma and Sacred VocationTimes of StruggleLoving Kindness vs. Hatred and AngerYoga and CompassionGuided meditationToday's podcast is brought to you by BetterHelp. Click to receive 10% off your first month with your own licensed professional therapist: betterhelp.com/metta

    Stephen Cope is a best-selling author and scholar who specializes in the relationship between the Eastern contemplative traditions and Western depth psychology. For almost thirty years, Stephen has been Scholar-in-Residence at the renowned Kripalu Center. Stephen is also the founder and former director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living—one of the world’s most influential research institutes examining the effects and mechanisms of yoga and meditation, with a team of researchers from top universities. Stephen's new book, The Dharma in Difficult Times, is now available to purchase.




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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep. 185 – Jacoby Ballard

    Ep. 185 – Jacoby Ballard

    Sharon welcomes social justice educator, yoga teacher, and author Jacoby Ballard to the Metta Hour for Episode 185.

    Jacoby has taught Queer and Trans Yoga since 2006. In 2008, he Co-Founded the Third Root Community Health Center in Brooklyn as a healing and social justice space. His first book, “A Queer Dharma: Yoga and Meditations for Liberation,” was released in 2021 from North Atlantic Books.

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    In this conversation, Jacoby and Sharon discuss:

    • How Jacoby began his practice in high school & college

    • The release of Jacoby’s new book in the time of Covid

    • Applying dharma teachings to explore identity

    • The path of liberation for those targeted by systems of oppression 

    • Addressing the trauma in the room

    • Noble silence versus silencing

    • Lovingkindness in Queer communities

    • Acceptance and anger 

    • Forgiveness is not amnesia

    • Jacoby’s self-care practices

    • How to find the therapist for you

    • Guidance for Queer and Trans meditators

    • How to be a better LGBTQ+ ally

    The episode closes with Jacoby leading a guided Mudita (joy) meditation practice. To learn more about Jacoby’s work, you can visit his website.

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    • 56 min
    Ep. 184 – Agapi Stassinopoulos

    Ep. 184 – Agapi Stassinopoulos

    Author and speaker Agapi Stassinopoulos joins Sharon for a conversation on the Metta Hour Podcast Episode 184.

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    Agapi Stassinopoulos is the author of “Wake Up to the Joy of You” and “Unbinding the Heart: A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity and Unconditional Love.” She leads workshops at Thrive Global, a company founded by her sister, Arianna Huffington, to help change how we work and live. Agapi’s newest book, “Speaking with Spirit: 52 Prayers to Guide, Inspire, and Uplift You,” was released in January of 2022 by Harmony Books. In this conversation, Agapi and Sharon discuss:

    • Agapi’s family history in WW2

    • The influence of Agapi’s mother on her path

    • What happens after spiritual awakening

    • The inspiration for Agapi’s new book

    • Differences between prayer and meditation

    • How to embrace a higher power

    • Approaching prayer as a practice

    • Cultivating confidence

    • Spiritual versus religious

    • Non-attachment in prayer

    • Communion with the Divine

    • Why we lose our sense of connection

    • Finding the beloved inside

    • Letting go of perfection to find greater joy

    • The epidemic of loneliness

    • Getting out of the way of our creativity

    • Giving your inner critic a vacation

    • Agape’s approach to grace and resilience

    The episode closes with Agapi reading a passage from her book on coming home. To learn more about Agapi’s work, you can visit her website.




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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep. 183 – Joél Leon

    Ep. 183 – Joél Leon

    Performer, author, and storyteller Joél Leon returns to the Metta Hour Podcast for Episode 183.

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    Born and raised in the Bronx, Joél writes and tells stories for Black people. Specializing in moderating and leading conversations surrounding race, masculinity, mental health, creativity, and the performing arts, with love at the center of his work and purpose. He is the author of “Book About Things I Will Tell My Daughter” and “God Wears Durags, Too.” His TED talk on healthy co-parenting has been viewed over 1.5M times. In this conversation, Joél and Sharon discuss:Joél’s new spoken word album, “Soundtrack To a Riot”Contemplations on death and agingMaking space for multiple things to be trueThe necessity of communion and communityNavigating mental health during COVIDThe importance of inner and outer spaceThe dissonance of systemic injustice and heartful livingHow context and nuance matterConnecting to the awe in everyday life

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 182 – Mark Epstein

    Ep. 182 – Mark Epstein

    Author and Psychotherapist Mark Epstein, M.D. returns to the Metta Hour Podcast for Episode 182.

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    A longtime friend and colleague, Mark and Sharon first met in 1974 at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO. Mark is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and a longtime Buddhist practitioner. He is the author of several books that explore the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy, including Going to Pieces without Falling Apart and his 2022 release, The Zen of Therapy: Uncovering a Hidden Kindness in Life. In this conversation, Mark and Sharon discuss:

    • Their backstory meeting in 1974 in Boulder, CO

    • Mark’s new book, The Zen of Therapy

    • The Buddha’s origin story through Mark’s therapeutic lens

    • How COVID is impacting Mental Health

    • Exploring COVID as a collective trauma

    • Mark’s insights while on a meditation retreat

    • How to create a healthy holding environment for ourselves

    • The importance of kindness in therapy

    • The limitations of kindness

    • How to find a good therapist

     

    The episode closes with Mark leading a short guided meditation practice. To learn more about Mark’s work, you can visit his website.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep. 181 – Nadia Bolz-Weber

    Ep. 181 – Nadia Bolz-Weber

    Sharon welcomes Pastor, author, and theologian Nadia Bolz-Weber to the Metta Hour Podcast for Episode 181.

    Nadia is an ordained Lutheran Pastor and the founder of the House for All Sinners & Saints in Denver, Colorado. She is the creator and host of The Confessional Podcast, which invites guests to share stories about times that they were at their worst, and is executive produced by our friends over at The Moth. Nadia is the author of three New York Times bestselling memoirs: “Pastrix,” which was re-released in May of 2021, “Accidental Saints” and her 2019 release, “Shameless: A Sexual Reformation.”

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    Nadia starts the conversation by sharing more about her history, and what drew her to the path. Sharon asks Nadia about her thoughts on shame, how it hinders us in our personal growth. The two talk about the inspiration for Nadia's book, Shameless, They discuss the distinction between shame, guilt and regret in Buddhist Psychology, and how we can recapture some of the energy from these states. Nadia shares her thoughts on forgiveness, both of ourselves and others, and how she approached forgiveness and a means to find greater freedom. Nadia talks about her podcast, and what her experience has been supporting others who are deeply affected by shame, and the role of a Pastor in life. They also discuss the difference between punishment versus rehabilitation in wrong-doing, and what role mercy has to play in these aspects of life. Nadia shares candidly about a recent family tragedy, and how she is processing the loss by walking the Camino de Santiago. Nadia shares her experience of trying meditation for the first time during the pandemic, and how she finds it to be different than prayer.

    Learn more about Nadia: nadiabolzweber.com




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    • 1 hr 2 min

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I started listening to this podcast after I read Sharon’s book real happiness. Her wisdom and insight is a much appreciated calming presence in my life.

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