About this Program

Friday, October 8 &

 Saturday, October 9, 2021



The Buddha identified ten qualities of character that were necessary for the development of an awakened life. Today, the cultivation of these ten virtues is more important than ever.


This October, join meditation teachers Sylvia Boorstein and Sharon Salzberg for a special event exploring these ten virtues with a particular focus on the uplifting qualities of patience and generosity.


As in the time of the Buddha, the path to freedom in our modern world begins with a generous heart and a patient mind. Patience and generosity are known to increase feelings of peace, joy, and ease of heart in daily life, and these qualities support the skillful navigation of everyday circumstances that can create suffering and confusion in difficult times. Patience and generosity offer another way of being, with a strength and clarity that leads to deep and lasting wisdom.


Together, Sylvia, Sharon, and the community of attendees will explore the qualities of patience and generosity through dialogue, sitting and walking meditation, and question and answer sessions. This special event is open to people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and experience levels and will be recorded for those who cannot attend the live program. Replay available for 90 days.



Session 1: Friday, 7:00 - 9:30 pm ET check local time

Session 2: Saturday, 12:00 - 2:30 pm ET check local time

Session 3: Saturday, 3:30 - 5:30 pm ET check local time

Meet Your Teachers

Sylvia Boorstein

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 mindfulness practice and including informed citizenship and social activism as integral to spiritual maturation.

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer, world-renowned teacher, and New York Times bestselling author. As one of the first to bring meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture over 45 years ago, her relatable, demystifying approach has inspired generations of meditation teachers and wellness influencers. Sharon is co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of eleven books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, now in its second edition, her seminal work, Lovingkindness, and her newest book, Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World. Sharon’s secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings is sought after at schools, conferences and retreat centers around the world. Sharon is the host of her own podcast, The Metta Hour, featuring interviews with the top leaders and voices in the meditation and mindfulness movement. Her writing can be found on Medium, On Being, the Maria Shriver blog, and Huffington Post.  Learn more at www.sharonsalzberg.com

Choose Your Enrollment Rate

As one part of our ongoing effort to expand access to the teachings of the Buddha, all IMS Online programs feature sliding scale registration fees and the opportunity to self-select a low cost scholarship rate. No-fee enrollment is available for those who request a fee-waiver via email.