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|
|London Insight||United Kingdom|
|Los Gatos Insight||Los Gatos||CA||United States|
|Lotus in the Desert||Las Vegas||CA||United States|
|Lotus Sisters||Seattle||WA||United States|
|Louisville Vipassana Community||Louisville||KY||United States|
|Madison Insight Meditation Group||Madison||WI||United States|
|Marin Sangha||Marin||CA||United States|
|Mariposa Sangha||Austin||TX||United States|
|Meditation Center Beatenberg||Beatenberg||Switzerland|
|Meditation Mornings||PA||United States|
|Metta Dharma Foundation||Berkeley||CA||United States|
|Metta Programs||Seattle||WA||United States|
|Mid America Dharma||Kansas City||MO||United States|
|Mindful Families of Durham||Durham||NC||United States|
|Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha||Evansville||IN||United States|
|Mindful Members Practice Community of Charlotte||NC||United States|
|Mindful Shenandoah Valley||Winchester||VA||United States|
|Mindfulness Meditation Community of Martha's Vineyard||Martha's Vineyard||MA||United States|
|Mindfulness Meditation Group at Murray Grove||Lanoka Harbor||NJ||United States|
|Mindfulness Meditation in Dover||Dover||DE||United States|
|Mindfulness Method Insight Meditation Center||Ft Lauderdale||FL||United States|
|Mission Dharma||San Francisco||CA||United States|
|Missoula Vipassana Sangha||Missoula||MT||United States|
|Moab Sangha||Moab||UT||United States|
|Montpelier Insight Meditation||Montpelier||VT||United States|