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|
|Southern NH Sangha||Londonderry||New Hampshire||United States|
|Spirit Path Meditation Center||Lafayette||Louisiana||United States|
|Spirit Rock Meditation Center||Woodacre||California||United States|
|Still Mountain Buddhist Meditation Center||Ann Arbor||Michigan||United States|
|Sunday Sangha Sitting Group||St Louis||Missouri||United States|
|Syracuse Mindfulness Sitting Group||Syracuse||New York||United States|
|Taos Mountain Sangha||Taos||New Mexico||United States|
|The Mountain Hermitage||Rancho de Taos||New Mexico||United States|
|Three Jewels Dhamma Hall||Fort Bragg||California||United States|
|Tinmouth Sitting Group||Tinmouth||Vermont||United States|
|Triangle Insight Meditation Community||Durham||North Carolina||United States|
|True North Insight||Ottawa||Ontario||Canada|
|Twin Cities Vipassana Collective (TCVC)||Minneapolis||Minnesota||United States|
|Two Rivers Insight Meditation Community||Winnipeg||Manitoba||Canada|
|Valley Insight Meditation Society||Lebanon||New Hampshire||United States|
|Valley Insight Meditation Society||White River Junction||Vermont||United States|
|Valley of the Moon Insight||United States|
|Vermont Insight Meditation Center||United States|
|Victoria Insight Meditation Society||Victoria||British Columbia||Canada|
|Vimalakirti Meditation Center||Geneva||Switzerland|
|Vipassana Hawaii||Kapa'au||Hawaii||United States|
|Vipassana Metta on Maui||Kula, Maui||Hawaii||United States|
|Walnut Creek Sitting Group||Walnut Creek||California||United States|
|Wellspring Insight Meditation Community||Hardwick||Vermont||United States|