Real Happiness for New Yorkers: Sharon Salzberg’s new book explains

happy woman in the snowIf you’re anything like us, two of your resolutions for 2011 included working out more and meditating. And if your second goal still hasn’t materialized, then the debut of Sharon Salzberg’s new book has arrived just in time.

Salzberg, one of the country’s leading Buddhist teachers and the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Center, makes learning meditation clear as a bell in Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation (Workman).

It’s a 28-day program that doesn’t feel programmatic. Instead, the structure of Salzberg’s book follows the pattern of the breath, intelligently weaving inner-life experience and real-world practicalities of why we do and don’t meditate. There are a variety of meditation exercises and tips; and a CD with guided meditations.
Real Happiness, Sharon Salzberg

Also brilliant: how to meditate during a meeting (while still looking like you’re paying full attention!) and how to let go of the thousands of thoughts that come up while you’re practicing meditation. I’m still practicing this one a week later. (It sure beats the shove-the-thoughts-out argument I was having with myself before.)

At her publisher’s office a few weeks back, I asked Salzberg what “real happiness” means for New Yorkers—that particular breed of workaholic seekers. (Self especially included.) “Tuning into that moment of awakening might be it,” says Salzberg, who recognizes the difficulty of stopping to do such a thing. “Sometimes happiness is just one breath.” Well, I’ll take it. —Melisse Gelula

Sharon Salzberg is leading donation-only Introduction to Meditation classes on Wednesday, January 12, 18, and 25; 7–9pm at the Tibet House, 22 West 15th St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves., 212.807.0563, www.tibethouse.us

For a full calendar of her January talks, classes, and future events, visit www.sharonsalzberg.com

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  1. January 12th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    without exaggerating, Sharon’s book LovingKindness changed my life so I’m looking forward to picking up this one too.

  2. January 12th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I just spent a few days in meditation with Sharon Salzberg. She’s the real thing. I will be purchasing this book.

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  4. September 14th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Yes, Sharon Salzberg has written an excellent book. Some will be able to put her daily practices into effect without support. For the rest of us I offer a 4-week workshop with Q & A and group support. Truth is, meditation is really hard to learn on your own. I’ve been teaching Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for several years now, mostly in a group, but occasionally to individuals. The group is so much more powerful. There’s a chance to discuss each guided meditation immediately after trying it, a chance to ask questions of the teacher, and a chance to learn from the questions of others in the group. You can get details on my workshop at LearnMindfulnessNYC.com

    Thanks for this blog,


  5. January 17th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Sharon teaching a three week meditation series entitled:

    The Brahma Viharas
    at Jaya Yoga Center
    1626 8th Avenue, Brooklyn, 11215(www.jayayogacenter.com)
    Wednesday February 1, 8 and 22
    from 7-8:30.

    Sharon’s teachings are lucid, direct and often funny. She is a real treasure and we are honored to welcome her back to Brooklyn! Join us.

    Carla Stangenberg, director

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