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The purpose of this organization is to cultivate and support the practice of Buddhist Insight meditation or Vipassana practice in the Modesto and Stockton, California area. This type of meditation is based on the Theravada Buddhist traditions of the Ajahn Chah and Mahasi Sayadaw lineages in Asia and the Western Insight tradition as brought to the West by Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield and teachers in that lineage.
The teachings and this group are offered in the spirit of dana – the Pali (language in the time of the Buddha) word for generosity. The teachings and meetings are offered freely, without charge, as a gift to all who wish to come.
Donations are gratefully accepted, but the wish is for those donations to come joyfully from whatever generosity may arise naturally from your heart as an expression of gratitude. There is no expectation or obligation to make a donation.
Insight Meditation Central Valley has filed Articles of Incorporation and is currently filing for tax-exempt status as a religious non-profit. This group was founded as Insight Meditation Modesto on June 9, 2009.