Welcome to The Boundless Heart

Sharon Salzberg introduces the course and offers guidance on cultivating four qualities of the heart.

Welcome to The Boundless Heart

It takes courage to open your heart—and it also takes practice. Join bestselling author and meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg in The Boundless Heart, an eight-week course on Buddhism's Four Immeasurables: lovingkindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. In this carefully structured program, Sharon will offer practical methods for bringing these heart-opening qualities, so fundamental to the Buddhist path, into your everyday life.

In this carefully structured program, Sharon will offer practical 

methods for bringing these heart-opening qualities, so fundamental to the Buddhist path, into your everyday life—whether you’re idling in traffic, in the checkout line, or appreciating the simple beauty of children at play.

The practices taught in this course will help you cultivate these positive mental states and enable you to turn them into lasting habits. Video dharma talks and guided audio meditations will lead you through 

each teaching. You will also have the opportunity to become part of a wider community of learners and discuss the nuances of these practices with Sharon and fellow practitioners.


Course Syllabus

In The Boundless Heart, Sharon Salzberg will guide you through four qualities of mind that will be of great and lasting benefit to you and those around you. 

Each unit will include video dharma talks and guided audio meditations to provide structure for your meditation practice. It is recommended that you set aside 20 minutes for daily practice, or more if you wish. There will also be quizzes to help you check your understanding of subtle concepts, and opportunities for reflection. There will also be suggested take-home practices, including guided audio meditations, for you to explore in your own practice. 

You are invited to study at your own pace. Once you register, you will retain access to the course and can revisit it indefinitely. There are no 'live' components to The Boundless Heart, so you can take the course entirely at your own pace to suit your own schedule.

Introduction

Sharon explains the principles behind the course and offers tips for getting the most out of this practice.

Unit 1 | Understanding Lovingkindness

Learn about lovingkindness and the benefits of giving your attention to the world differently. Understand how lovingkindness arises, obstacles to lovingkindness, and the role intention and skill play in our practice.

Unit 2 | Deepening Lovingkindness

Having learnt about lovingkindness, we now explore teachings and reading designed to deepen and embed our practice, including additional audio meditations.

Unit 3 | Understanding Compassion

We develop a focus on compassion and understand the great benefits this can have for ourselves as well as others. Sharon offers an in-depth talk on compassion as well as audio meditations and opportunities for reflection.

Unit 4 | Deepening Compassion

We look at the metta sutta—a brief but powerful text on developing lovingkindness and compassion—and explore how we respond to body pain during meditation. As well as guided meditations, there is a reading on developing a compassionate heart.

Unit 5 | Understanding Sympathetic Joy

Being happy for others can be challenging at times. Sympathetic joy usually requires cultivation but—once developed—is an immeasurable source of happiness.

Unit 6 | Deepening Sympathetic Joy

We deepen sympathetic joy through reading, meditation and reflection.

Unit 7 | Understanding Equanimity

Equanimity is the wisdom that helps balance these other qualities. Equanimity helps us to know what we can and cannot do, and to take care of ourselves as well as others.

Unit 8 | Deepening Equanimity

We deepen equanimity through reading, guided meditations, and reflection – and conclude the journey we have been on throughout The Boundless Heart.