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|