In contrast to some other Buddhist movements and traditions, the community of Insight teachers is relatively decentralized. While this may have important positive benefits, it leaves a gap in our knowledge of how Insight teachers are faring and what kinds of support are most needed.
In response to this, the Buddhist Insight Network (BIN) conceived a survey that would assess current trends among lay Insight meditation retreat teachers; at this time, we did not address community meditation teachers. The online survey sought feedback from Insight retreat teachers in several spheres: demographic background, training background, types of teaching conducted, affiliations with major retreat centers, income, insurance, types of support needed, and constraints involved in teaching (time, cost of retreats, retreat center space).
This report first conveys the methodology and results (quantitative and qualitative) of the survey, then offers a summary and some specific questions that could guide the Insight community as it moves forward. We hope it is of benefit to the Insight teaching community and the people served by our teachers.