Sylvia Boorstein

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Sylvia Boorstein is an American[1] author, psychotherapist,[2] and Buddhist teacher.[3]

Boorstein studied with Dipa Ma[4] and is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California[5] and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts.


All four of Boorstein's grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.[2] Boorstein grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Barnard College.[2] After moving to California in 1961, Boorstein earned a master's degree in social work from the University of California Berkeley in 1967.[2]

She has written numerous books such as It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness,[6] That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist,[7] Don't Just Do Something, Sit There[8] and How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers with Toni Bernhard.[9]


  1. ^ Fleet, Josh (28 September 2011). "Is The Jew Still In The Lotus?". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "About Sylvia Boorstein". Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Sylvia Boorstein". Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW). Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  4. ^ "What Dipa Ma taught Sylvia Boorstein about the mind of equanimity". Lion's Roar. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  5. ^ "History of Spirit Rock". Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  6. ^ Cochran, Tracy (Spring 1996). "It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness". Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  7. ^ Marks, Richard G. (Spring 1999). "Review: Jewish-Buddhist Meetings". Shofar. Purdue University Press. 17 (3): 93–98. doi:10.1353/sho.1999.0005. JSTOR 42942901. S2CID 170268171.
  8. ^ Meade Sperry, Rod (25 August 2009). "Sylvia Boorstein on the meaning of "Don't Just Do Something, Sit There"". Lion's Roar. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Learning To Live A Full Life With Chronic Illness". NPR. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2018.

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