"Real Happiness is a real treasure. Salzberg gives us simple, practical, effective methods to have a real shot at it! She helps us to stop our running madly in the wrong direction, to see the real thing right there, waiting for our tender, mindful awareness to enjoy its free reality. I love it and highly recommend it!"
- Robert Thurman, PhD, author of Inner Revolution and Infinite Life: Awakening the Bliss Within
"Reading Real Happiness, I feel as if I have made a new friend, or been reunited with an old one. Sharon Salzberg brings meditation to life and, through her grace, shows us how we can come alive, as well. This is a masterful work: deep, warm and engaging. I want to give it to everyone I know."
- Mark Epstein, MD author of Thoughts without a Thinker and Going to Pieces without Falling Apart
"We’ve seen a few attempts at such a complete teaching of the Buddhist meditation practice and way of life but none has accomplished the high skillfulness of Sharon Salzberg’s remarkably clear transmission of the adventure of awakening. A 28-Day Plan for catching up with yourself by one of our most heartfull teachers, a presence partially responsible for bringing Buddhism to the West. A thoroughly modern gift from 2500 years ago by one of our favorite teachers.”
---Stephen Levine, author of Who Dies, and A Gradual Awakening
"In a voice that is wise and witty, personal, contemporary and engagingly friendly, Sharon Salzberg has written this wonderful book that will be accessible and encouraging to novice meditators as well as inspiring to committed practitioners."
- Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness Is an Inside Job
"I often suggest to my stressed-out patients that they meditate, but most don't know where to begin. Real Happiness is the perfect meditation prescription, with everything a first-timer could need.
- Frank Lipman, M.D., author of Revive
"This book is a veritable treasure box of meditations. Lucid and wise, Real Happiness is rich with Sharon Salzberg's lifetime of teaching meditation to thousands of people. Her voice is filled with humor, kindness and wisdom, and her meditation instructions are practical and accessible. This is one of the great books on why and how to meditate."
- Roshi Joan Halifax, Founding Abbot Upaya Zen Center
"In these pages, Sharon Salzberg lays out a step-by-step program for developing mindfulness, insight, and loving kindness in just 28 days—and for taking these practices into the rest of your life. A simple, straightforward way to learn the most essential practices of Buddhist meditation, from one of the most renowned meditation teachers in the West today.”
- Dzogchen Ponlop, author of Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom
"Real happiness and joy through the power of meditative awareness is precisely what beloved Buddhist teacher and pioneer Sharon Salzberg delivers to us in this welcome new contribution to the important emerging field of conscious evolution through attention training and wisdom development. Based upon and backed by ancient timeless
contemplative tradition as well as modern neuroscientific research and experiential neuroDharma experiments, Sharon's four week program for developing insight meditation, mindfulness, and her specialty of loving-kindness clearly instructs and awakens us, leading step by step to the discovery of who we are, why we are here, and how to realize a more fulfilling life and more harmonious world. I heartily recommend this to anyone seeking self-realization and inner peace, well being and enlightenment."
- Lama Surya Das