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
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Against the Stream Oakland Oakland California United States
Ahimsa Acres Vipassana Sangha Cottage Grove Oregon United States
Alameda Sangha Alameda California United States
Albuquerque Insight Meditation Center Albuquerque New Mexico United States
All One Dharma Santa Monica California United States
Aloka Vihara Forest Monastery Placerville California United States
Alphabet Sangha Oakland California United States
Asheville Insight Meditation Ashville North Carolina United States
Asheville Insight Meditiation Asheville North Carolina United States
Athens Center for Mindfulness Practice Athens Ohio United States
Atlanta Insight Meditation Community Atlanta Georgia United States
Auburn Sitting Group Auburn California United States
Auckland Insight Auckland New Zealand
Austin Dharma Punx Austin Texas United States
Australian Insight Meditation Network Australia
Avenidas Mindfulness Palo Alto California United States
Bellingham Insight Meditation Society Bellingham Washington United States
Benicia Sangha Benicia California United States
Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation Santa Cruz California United States
Bodhi Sitting Group Redwood City California United States
Boise Insight Sangha Boise Idaho United States
Boston West Sitting Group Weston Massachusetts United States
Boulder Mindfulness Boulder Colorado United States
Bozeman Insight Community Bozeman Montana United States