Welcome to BIN’s searchable database of Insight Meditation sanghas. This is a new service for the Insight community as well as the next incarnation of Inquiring Mind’s Sitting Groups listing. We look forward to including 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 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 are especially interested in connecting with people who seek this type of teaching and practice.
Click on a sangha name to learn more about it. The list can be filtered using the tools below.
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