Tricycle is pleased to offer the Life As It Is podcast for free. If you would like to support this offering, please consider donating. Thank you! 

A world-renowned meditation teacher, Sharon Salzberg is the founding teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. In her new book, Real Life: The Journey from Isolation to Openness and Freedom, she weaves together Buddhist psychology, her own experiences, and insights from a variety of contemplative traditions to examine how we can live with greater creativity, connection, and joy. Through exploring the forces that keep us trapped in constriction, she lays out a path toward what she calls “real life,” or a life of spaciousness and freedom.

In today’s episode of Life As It Is, Tricycle’s editor-in-chief, James Shaheen, sits down with Salzberg to talk about what it means to live a real life, how we can break free of our habitual patterns, and how expansiveness makes love more available to us.

Life As It Is is a podcast series that features Buddhist practitioners speaking about their everyday lives. You can listen to more of Life As It Is on Spotify, Apple PodcastsSoundCloud, Stitcher, and iHeartRadio.

We’d love to hear your thoughts about our podcast. Write us at

Read transcript

Download transcript

Sponsored by St. John’s College

Thank you for subscribing to Tricycle! As a nonprofit, to keep Buddhist teachings and practices widely available.