Born in New York City, meditation teacher, writer and speaker Sharon Salzberg experienced a childhood involving considerable loss and turmoil. An early realization of the power of meditation to overcome personal suffering determined her life direction. Her teaching and writing now communicates that power to a worldwide audience of practitioners. Sharon she leads intensive meditation retreats and other programs worldwide. After studying meditation in India, in 1976 Sharon co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA which now ranks as one of the most prominent meditation centers in the Western world. Sharon has been featured at many conferences and events, among them the State of the World Forum and Peacemakers Conference, where she shared a panel with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Sharon is the author of many books and CDs on meditation and frequently contributes to and is featured in a variety of publications including Huffington Post, Time and O Magazine.