Sharon Salzberg/Wendy Leaver

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It's a long way from Buffalo to Burma, and it was an even longer road in 1971. Buddhism was still shrouded in mystery in the West, and meditation hadn't really been imported. Sharon Salzberg was one of the early adopters. She took the road from Buffalo to Burma, becoming a student of Buddhism in 1971. She has been leading meditation retreats around the world for more than three decades. Sharon Salzberg is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. Her books include Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness and A Heart as Wide as the World.

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Wendy Leaver is a "special victims" Toronto cop, who has stood toe-to-toe with some of Canada's worst rapists and pedophiles. Fifteen years ago, when notorious sex offender Wray Budreo was being released from jail, Detective Leaver was approached by a member of "Circles of Support and Accountability". It's an organization set up by the Mennonite Central Committee to help men like Budreo re-integrate into the community.

Since then, Detective Leaver has been a dedicated volunteer, offering friendship and compassion to these offenders.

This week on Tapestry, hear Detective Leaver's story in The Least of These, a documentary by CBC Radio National Reporter Maureen Brosnahan.

Some of the music on Tapestry is licenced under a Creative Commons attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike License.

On today's program, you heard excerpts from Eye Heart Knot, by General Fuzz; It's All in Your Head, by King Tut; and Sabre Dance, by Daniel Bautista.

In the broadcast version only, we played an excerpt from Krishna Das's cd, All One.


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