• Real Change

    by Sharon Salzberg
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Virtual Event: Sharon Salzberg


Real Change:
Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World

in conversation with TRUDY GOODMAN


September 21, 2020
7:00 PM ET


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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series is excited to welcome SHARON SALZBERG—renowned meditation teacher and author of the acclaimed, bestselling book Real Happiness: A 28-Day Program to Realize the Power of Meditation—for a discussion of her latest book, Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World. She will be joined in conversation by celebrated meditation instructor TRUDY GOODMAN, founding teacher of InsightLA.


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About Real Change

In today’s fractured world, we’re constantly flooded with breaking news that causes anger, grief, and pain. People are feeling more stressed out than ever, and in the face of this fear and anxiety they can feel so burnt out and overwhelmed that they end up frozen in their tracks and unable to do anything. In Real Change, Sharon Salzberg, a leading expert in lovingkindness meditation, shares sage advice and indispensable techniques to help free ourselves from these negative feelings and actions. She teaches us that meditation is not a replacement for action, but rather a way to practice generosity with ourselves and summon the courage to break through boundaries, reconnect to a movement that’s bigger than ourselves, and have the energy to stay active.

Consulting with veteran activists and social-change agents in a variety of fields, Salzberg collects and shares their wisdom and offers the best practical advice to foster transformation in both ourselves and in society. To help tame our inner landscape or chaos, Salzberg offers mindfulness practices that will help readers cultivate a sense of agency and stay engaged in the long-term struggle for social change.

Whether you’re resolving conflicts with a crotchety neighbor or combating global warming, Real Change will provide the fundamental principles and mindfulness practices to help guide you to the clarity and confidence to lift a foot and take the next step into a better world.

Praise for Real Change

“Inspiring, loving, and empowering. The perfect medicine for these difficult times.” —Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart

"Real Change is a field guide for those of us who want to stay connected to our humanity, to retain our integrity and peace, but not give up our righteous outrage and obligation to social activism . . . Sharon leads us through the narrow way, to the ‘intersection between lovingkindness practice and making change in the world' . . . the manual for those who are committed to both personal and societal evolution at this moment in time." —Rosanne Cash, New York Times bestselling author of Composed and acclaimed singer/songwriter

"In this age of anxiety, grief, and strife, Sharon Salzberg, a leading authority on lovingkindness meditation, offers exactly the wisdom we need: the mindfulness to take action. This is not the mindfulness of navel-gazing on a mountaintop. Salzberg knows what it’s like to grieve and to heal; to fight and to reconcile; to fear and to find courage. She is the guide we’ve been looking for—and not a moment too soon." —Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher, and a New York Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. She is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and the author of eleven books, including her seminal work, Lovingkindness; New York Times bestseller Real Happiness; Real Happiness At Work; and Real Love.

Photo Credit: Fabio Filippi

Trudy Goodman
Trudy Goodman

Trudy Goodman

Trudy Goodman, Ph.D., is a vipassana teacher in the Theravada lineage and the Founding Teacher of InsightLA. She also teaches residential retreats at centers around the world including Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, and Big Bear Retreat Center.

Photo Credit: Lev Ruhkin


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