About this Online Program

Friday, March 24, 2023

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm ET 

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Saturday, March 25, 2023

12:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET 

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 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm ET 

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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 as we individually and collectively seek to navigate an increasingly complex world.

This March, join Sylvia Boorstein and Sharon Salzberg for the fourth gathering in a series of special events exploring the ten virtues. In Part IV of A Direct Path to Happiness, we focus on the qualities of determination, lovingkindness, and equanimity.

To have a sense of a path is to have a north star to help us navigate our lives – our choices, our relationships, our actions. It’s not a model of perfectionism, by means of which we punish ourselves for not doing enough or being enough. In contrast, inspiration, resilience, and compassion for ourselves and others underlie our efforts.

Determination is the ability to prioritize what we most deeply care about, and to remember it even in times of adversity. 

Lovingkindness is a profound realization of connection to ourselves and others. Equanimity is the voice of wisdom, bringing greater balance and perspective to how we live. 

Together, Sylvia, Sharon, and the community of attendees will explore the qualities of determination, lovingkindness, and equanimity through dialogue, sitting and walking meditation, and question and answer sessions. 


This special online event is open to people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and experience levels.

This program will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing after the live sessions. On-demand videos will be available to registered participants for 90 days.

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. 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. Her podcast, The Metta Hour, features interviews with thought leaders from the mindfulness movement and beyond.

Choose your enrollment fee

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. Our system supports the cultivation of a dynamic and inclusive community and is made possible by our generous donors and those who choose to support other students by contributing at the “Benefactor” level.