May 2020

21May5:00 PM6:00 PMOrienting Ourselves: Metta May Conversations with Founding Teachers -- Jack Kornfield -- LIVESTREAMA Benefit Series for Spirit Rock5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Online Teacher(s): Jack Kornfield, PhD; Michelle Latvala, Spirit Rock Executive Director No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Date: May 21, 2020; 5:00pm – 6:00pm Pacific / 8:00pm – 9:00pm Eastern. Registration open until midnight (Pacific) May 21st.
Sliding Scale: $25 – $275. Code MA3B20.
This individual option will be Livestreamed and the recording will be available for viewing up to 90 days from the date of the scheduled talk (May 21st – for Jack).

Series Package – Register here
Series Package — All four “Conversations” will be Livestreamed and the recording will be available for viewing up to 90 days from the date of the first talk on May 7th.

Join us in experiencing the teachings of Sharon Salzberg, Sylvia Boorstein, Jack Kornfield, and Joseph Goldstein, founding teachers of Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock. This evening series during Metta May includes Dharma offerings and a moderated conversation hosted by Spirit Rock Executive Director Michelle Latvala.

Sharon, Sylvia, Jack, and Joseph will offer reflections and practices for remembering the wisdom of our hearts, reconnecting with our community, and reorienting to our sources of refuge.

Thursday, May 7, 2020 – Sharon Salzberg
Thursday, May 14, 2020 – Sylvia Boorstein
Thursday, May 21, 2020 – Jack Kornfield
Thursday, May 28, 2020 – Joseph Goldstein

LIVESTREAM: This program will be video and audio recorded for an online audience. By joining, you consent to being videotaped and included in the program recording.

Sharon Salzberg is a pioneer in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness into Western mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. Sharon is the co-founder of the first western meditation center in the US: The Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, MA. She has authored ten books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her 2017 release, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. Acclaimed for her down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast, The Metta Hour, with over 70 episodes. For more information about Sharon, please visit:

Sylvia Boorstein, PhD, has been teaching Dharma and mindfulness meditation since 1985. She is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, a psychotherapist, wife, mother, and grandmother. She is particularly interested in emphasizing daily life as a mindfulness practice and including informed citizenship and social activism as integral to spiritual maturation. Her books include: It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat; That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist; Pay Attention for Goodness’ Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness and Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life. For more information, visit For audio recordings of Sylvia’s talks, visit

Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India, and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers in the Western Insight tradition. He is a founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is a father, husband, and activist. His books include A Path with Heart; Buddha’s Little Instruction Book; Teachings of the Buddha; Seeking the Heart of Wisdom; Living Dharma; A Still Forest Pool; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace; The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology; Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are; and No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are. For more information, visit

Joseph Goldstein is a co-founder and guiding teacher of Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. He has been teaching vipassanā and mettā retreats worldwide since 1974, and in 1989 he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He is the author of A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma, Insight Meditation, and The Experience of Insight, and co-author (with Jack Kornfield) of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom.

General Information

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