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
Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community SK Canada
SE PDX Vipassana sangha Portland OR United States
Seattle Insight Meditation Society Seattle WA United States
Sebastopol Kalyana Mitta Group Sebastopol CA United States
Sheffield Insight Meditation Sheffield South Yorkshire United Kingdom
Show Me Dharma Columbia MO United States
Sierra Insight Sangha Placerville CA United States
Silent Mind - Open Heart Columbia MO United States
Simple Sangha Kauai HI United States
Sonhegan Valley Insight Meditation Group Milford NH United States
Sonoma Insight Meditation Sonoma CA United States
South Jersey Meditation Society Ocean City NJ United States
Southern NH Sangha Windham NH United States
Spirit Path Lafayette LA United States
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Woodacre CA United States
St Louis Insight Meditation Group St Louis MO United States
Still Mountain Buddhist Meditation Center Ann Arbor MI United States
Sunday Sangha Sitting Group St Louis MO United States
Syracuse Mindfulness Sitting Group Syracuse NY United States
Taos Mountain Sangha Taos NM United States
The Mountain Hermitage Rancho de Taos NM United States
Three Jewels Dhamma Hall Fort Bragg CA United States
Tinmouth Sitting Group Tinmouth VT United States
Tovana Israel
Triangle Insight Meditation Community Durham NC United States

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