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
Dogtown Metta Sitting Group St Louis Missouri United States
East Bay Meditation Center Oakland California United States
Easton Meditation Group Easton Maryland United States
Echo Rock Sangha Mill Valley California United States
Embracing Simplicity Nashville Nashville Tennessee United States
Farmington Valley Insight Meditation Community Avon Connecticut United States
Fifth Precept Buddhist Recovery Sanghas United Kingdom
First Parish Meditation Group Arlington Massachusetts United States
Flagstaff Vipassana Meditation Group Flagstaff Arizona United States
Flowering Lotus Meditation and Retreat Center Magnolia Mississippi United States
Gaia House Devon United Kingdom
Grand Valley Sangha Grand Junction Colorado United States
Heart of the Lotus Sangha Chico California United States
Impermanent Sangha Boulder Colorado United States
Insight Chicago Meditation Community Chicago Illinois United States
Insight Community of the Desert Palm Springs California United States
Insight Fort Wayne Fort Wayne Indiana United States
Insight Meditation Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Michigan United States
Insight Meditation Center Redwood City California United States
Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport West Newbury Massachusetts United States
Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley Easthampton Massachusetts United States
Insight Meditation Central Valley Modesto California United States
Insight Meditation Circle of Cape Cod Harwich Massachusetts United States
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley Berkeley California United States
Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte Charlotte North Carolina United States

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