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
Sacramento Insight Meditation Sacramento California United States
Salem Insight Salem Oregon United States
Salida Colorado Sangha Salida Colorado United States
Salt Lake City Insight Meditation Community Salt Lake City Utah United States
Salt Spring Vipassana Society Salt Spring Island British Columbia Canada
San Francisco Insight Meditation Community San Francisco California United States
San Francisco LGBTQ Sangha San Francisco California United States
San Francisco Monday Night Meditation Group San Francisco California United States
San Jose Dharma Punx San Jose California United States
San Jose Insight Meditation San Jose California United States
Santa Fe Vipasanna Sangha Santa Fe New Mexico United States
SaraSangha Insight Meditation Group Sarasota Florida United States
Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada
SE PDX Vipassana sangha Portland Oregon United States
Seattle Insight Meditation Society Seattle Washington United States
Sebastopol Kalyana Mitta Group Sebastopol California United States
Sheffield Insight Meditation Sheffield South Yorkshire United Kingdom
Show Me Dharma Columbia Missouri United States
Sierra Insight Sangha Placerville California United States
Silent Mind - Open Heart Columbia Missouri United States
Simple Sangha Kauai Hawaii United States
Sonhegan Valley Insight Meditation Group Milford New Hampshire United States
Sonoma Insight Meditation Sonoma California United States
South Florida Insight Collective Fort Lauderdale Florida United States
South Jersey Meditation Society Ocean City New Jersey United States

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