Sylvia Boorstein

Sylvia Boorstein, PhD, is an American psychotherapist, author, and teacher of psychology, Hatha yoga, meditation, Buddhism, and women’s studies. She was also a cofounder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA.


Sylvia Boorstein: Embodying Buddhism (Excerpt)—Thinking Allowed DVD with Jeffrey Mishlove

Sylvia Boorstein presents the essence of the eightfold path and the four noble truths of Buddhism. She discusses Vipassana-or mindfulness-meditation which entails detaching from the thoughts, cravings and aversions that pass through the mind.

Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life

How can we stay engaged with life day after day? How can we continue to love—keep our minds in a happy mood—when life is complex and often challenging? These are questions that Sylvia Boorstein addresses in Happiness Is an Inside Job.

Meet Bad Habits with Loving-Kindness

Sylvia Boorstein unpacks the foundational Buddhist teaching “Recognize unwholesome states in the mind and replace them with wholesome states.”

It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness

Using delightful and deceptively powerful stories from everyday experiences, beloved Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein demystifies spirituality, charts the path to happiness through the Buddha’s basic teachings, shows how to eliminate hindrances to clear seeing, and develops a realistic course tow...

Cultivate a Metta Mind: Loving-Kindness Meditation

Loving-kindness meditation (metta) challenges us to send love and compassion to the difficult people in our lives, including ourselves.

Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice Of Inclusivity And Community

How can we connect our personal spiritual journeys with the larger course of our shared human experience? How do we compassionately and wisely navigate belonging and exclusion in our own hearts? And how can we embrace diverse identities and experiences within our spiritual communities, building sang...

The Magic of Hebrew Chant: Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening Love

A few short words—repeated with passion & intention—can unlock treasure upon treasure of healing, wisdom, and love.

Daily Life Is Practice

All the moments of your day are teachings. If you look at them clearly, says Sylvia Boorstein, you’ll see the same fundamental truths the Buddha did.


Sharon Salzberg & Sylvia Boorstein on Universal Compassion, Part 1; Garrison Institute, Dec. 2008

Blossoms of the Dharma: Living as a Buddhist Nun

In recent years, Buddhist nuns from Asia and the West have met together to become more active in improving their status in the female sangha.


Jan Willis