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Sylvia Boorstein is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, where she leads a popular weekly class Wednesday mornings. She is a Senior Teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She teaches and lectures nationally on Buddhism and mindfulness. Beloved by her students, she has a special ability to illustrate how we can be mindful standing in a grocery store checkout line as well as sitting on a meditation cushion.

A practicing psychotherapist since 1967, Boorstein has a Ph.D. in psychology, and has been a presenter at the American Psychiatric Association. Widely respected by her peers, she is often a keynote speaker at Interfaith, Buddhist, and meditation conferences. Her latest book is Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life

Sylvia and her husband Seymour, who is a psychiatrist, have two sons, two daughters, and seven grandchildren. They live in Sonoma County, California.


  • Teleseminar with Sylvia Boorstein

    Host Cassandra Vieten talks with author, psychologist, and spiritual teacher Sylvia Boorstein, who shares ways to bring spiritual practices into every day life. From standing in line at the grocery store to driving in heavy traffic, she suggests we repeat: “May I (“you” or a specific name) be peaceful; May I be happy; May I be free from suffering.”

    • Teleseminars
    • 2008-03-11
    • 00:59:40

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