Sangha Listing

Welcome to BIN’s searchable database of Insight Meditation sanghas. We aim to include all current Insight Meditation sanghas in the West.

What is an Insight Meditation sangha? This does not have a sharp definition, but neither is it vague or undefined. The Insight Meditation Movement in the West was started by Westerners who trained at Theravada monasteries in Southeast Asia – these founding teachers include Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Christina Feldman, Christopher Titmuss, and Ruth Denison. Insight sanghas feel a spiritual connection to these teachers and the meditation centers they founded: Insight Meditation Society, Spirit Rock, Gaia House, and Dhamma Dena. Teachers and Insight groups who are not directly connected to these four centers are welcome to be listed in the BIN database provided they primarily teach and/or practice meditation in ways that are in harmony with these organizations. Essentially, the groups listed here would characterize themselves by both the words "Buddhist" and "Insight," and offer practices that include meditation and Dharma instruction.

In addition, we list groups taught by monastics ordained in the Theravada tradition, where laypeople can hear the Dharma, learn to meditate, and connect with the texts of the Pali Canon.

Because of requests we’ve received, we have added this clarification: This listing is not for yoga centers or secular mindfulness organizations, unless your location is also the meeting place for an Insight Dharma group, and your website lists such Dharma events explicitly. Thanks for your understanding.

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City State / Province Country
British Columbia Insight Meditation Society Vancouver BC Canada
Buddha Path Montclair NJ United States
Buddhist Families of Durham Durham NC United States
Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) Kendal Cumbria United Kingdom
Buffalo Dharma Buffalo NY United States
Butte Sangha Butte MT United States
Cache Valley Sangha Logan UT United States
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center Cambridge MA United States
Center for Mindfulness Community Shrewsbury MA United States
Chattanooga Insight Meditation Group Chattanooga TN United States
Chico Insight Chico CA United States
Cholula Vipassana Sangha San Pablo Tecama Mexico
Citta 101 - Online Practice Resource Houston TX United States
Clothespin Sangha (formerly Fairfield County Sangha) Stratford CT United States
Club Med Ashland OR United States
Coast and City Sangha Adelaide and Goolwa SA Australia
Common Ground Meditation Center Minneapolis MN United States
Davis Insight Group Davis CA United States
Desert Dharma UT United States
Desert Dharma Las Vegas Las Vegas NV United States
Dhamma Dena Desert Vipassana Center Joshua Tree CA United States
Dharma Zephyr Insight Meditation Community Carson City NV United States
DharmaTown St Louis MO United States
Dogtown Metta Sitting Group St Louis MO United States
East Bay Meditation Center Oakland CA United States

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