Love Your Enemies How to Break the Anger Habit and Be Much Happier Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman


In Love Your Enemies, Sharon Salzberg and Tenzin Robert Thurman draw on ancient spiritual 

wisdom, modern psychology, and the latest neuroscience to guide us in dealing with 

troublesome people and situations, and overcoming the real source of our distress, our deepseated self-centeredness and self-hatred.

Based on the popular workshop they teach together, the authors offer practical methods for 

transforming our relationship to our outer, inner, secret, and super-secret enemies. Thurman, 

a noted Columbia University professor and former Tibetan Buddhist monk, brings to life 

traditional wisdom teachings such as Shantideva’s advice on replacing anger with patience, and 

the practice of exchanging self-preoccupation for compassion set out by Dharmarakshita. 

Salzberg mines her experiences as a leading teacher of insight and lovingkindness meditation 

to relate real-life examples of putting the teachings into practice. Together, the two 

perspectives give us a well-rounded course in conquering our outer and inner enemies. The 

material is presented in a warm, accessible manner manner that welcomes spiritual seekers of all 

levels, from newcomer to dedicated practitioner.


Author Biography

Sharon Salzberg cofounded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and is the 

New York Times best-selling author of eight books, including Lovingkindness, Faith, and The 

Power of Meditation. A teacher for more than 30 years, she blogs for The Huffington Post and 

has been a contributing editor at O, the Oprah Magazine.

Tenzin Robert Thurman, a professor at Columbia University, holds the first endowed chair in 

Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in America. A cofounder and the president of Tibet House New 

York, an organization dedicated to preserving the endangered culture of Tibet, he is the author 

of the bestseller Inner Revolution, as well as Anger, Infinite Life and numerous other books. 

The first Tibetan Buddhist monk from the West, he has been a close friend and colleague of the 

Dalai Lama many years.