Larry Rosenberg

Year of birth : 1932
Teacher/Guru : Seung Sahn, Katagiri Roshi, Anagarika Munindra, Buddhadasa
Education : Brooklyn College, University of Chicago
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“ It's actually wonderful to see that you're nobody and that all the fear you've had all your life was in relation to this self you thought you had. You have one less thing to promote, protect, maintain, dress up, and present to the world. "

“ You don't try to make liberation happen.That would be the action of me or mine, the self-conscious practitioner. Real meditation happens when the meditator's ego dies.... As the practice continues, there is such a surrender to,the object that there's nothing outside the observation. ” 

“ Breath awareness supports us while we investigate the entire mind-body process. It helps calm the mind and gives us a graceful entry into a state of choiceless awareness--a place without agendas, where we are not for or against whatever turns up in the moment .”

Books by the Master

" Three Steps to Awakening: A Practice for Bringing Mindfulness to Life " ... " Living in the Light of Death: On the Art of Being Truly Alive " ... " Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation "


Larry Rosenberg is an American Buddhist teacher who founded the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also a resident teacher there. Rosenberg was a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago and Harvard Medical School. In addition to teaching at the Insight Meditation Center in Cambridge, he is also a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts.

Rosenberg was born to Russian-Jewish immigrants and grew up in Coney Island in a working-class family. He later became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard. Disappointed with his experience with the academia, he turned to intensive Buddhist practice. A major turning point that influenced this decision was his introduction to the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti and Vimala Thakar. He received Zen training with Korean Master Seung Sahn and Japanese Master Katagiri Roshi for eight years before coming to Vipassana. Anagarika Munindra was his first Vipassana teacher. His book Breath by Breath is a clear description of the practice of anapanasati (mindful breath meditation). His emphasis on the breath as an object of meditation was, in part, inspired by his encounter with the Thai meditation teacher Buddhadasa. Anapanasati also forms the basis of his teachings at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center.