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|
|Mindfulness Method Insight Meditation Center||Ft Lauderdale||FL||United States|
|Mindfulness Outreach Intiiative||Omash||NE||United States|
|Mission Dharma||San Francisco||CA||United States|
|Missoula Vipassana Sangha||Missoula||MT||United States|
|Moab Sangha||Moab||UT||United States|
|Monmouth Insight Meditation||Rumson||NJ||United States|
|Montpelier Insight Meditation||Montpelier||VT||United States|
|Mountain Stream Meditation||Nevada City||CA||United States|
|Napa Valley Insight Meditation||Napa||CA||United States|
|New Haven Insight||New Haven||CT||United States|
|New Orleans Insight Meditation Group||New Orleans||LA||United States|
|New York City Community Meditation Center||New York||NY||United States|
|New York Insight Meditation Center||New York||NY||United States|
|New Zealand Insight Meditation Communities||New Zealand|
|North Fork of Long Island [NOFOLI] Insight Meditation Sangha||Cutchogue||NY||United States|
|North Fork Sangha||Paonia||CO||United States|
|North Hollywood Meditation Sangha||North Hollywood||CA||United States|
|Oklahoma Buddhist Vihara||Oklahoma City||OK||United States|
|One Dharma Sangha||Santa Barbara||CA||United States|
|Open Door Sangha||Santa Barbara||CA||United States|
|Open Embrace Meditation||San Rafael||CA||United States|
|Original Nature Meditation Centre||Wellington||New Zealand|
|Orlando Insight Meditation Group||Winter Park||FL||United States|
|Orlando Thursday Night Meditation Group||Orlando||FL||United States|