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
Kalyana Mitta Sangha (Chelmsford, Massachusetts) Chelmsford Massachusetts United States
Kalyanna Mitta - Basel Basel Switzerland
Karuna Buddhist Vihara Mountain View California United States
Laguna Sangha Laguna Beach California United States
Las Cruces Vipassana Sangha Las Cruces New Mexico United States
Listening Heart Sangha Portland Oregon United States
London Insight United Kingdom
Los Gatos Insight Los Gatos California United States
Lotus in the Desert Las Vegas California United States
Lotus Sisters Seattle Washington United States
Louisville Vipassana Community Louisville Kentucky United States
Madison Insight Meditation Group Madison Wisconsin United States
Marin Sangha Marin California United States
Mariposa Sangha Austin Texas United States
Meditation Center Beatenberg Beatenberg Switzerland
Meditation Mornings Pennsylvania United States
Metta Dharma Foundation Berkeley California United States
Metta Programs Seattle Washington United States
Mid America Dharma Kansas City Missouri United States
Mindful Families of Durham Durham North Carolina United States
Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha Evansville Indiana United States
Mindful Members Practice Community of Charlotte North Carolina United States
Mindful Shenandoah Valley Winchester Virginia United States
Mindfulness Meditation Community of Martha's Vineyard Martha's Vineyard Massachusetts United States
Mindfulness Meditation Group at Murray Grove Lanoka Harbor New Jersey United States

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