Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
Additional sites for audio teachings
Local sitting groups
Meditation centers and communities (sanghas)
Other locations for a self retreat
Other helpful resources
Learn more about the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, adjacent to IMS. BCBS courses empasize the interrelationship between study and practice.
Dharma Seed freely offers a growing archive of talks and guided meditations by leading teachers of the vipassana (insight) and metta (loving-kindness) practices of Theravada Buddhism. Stream, download, or order CDs of talks given at IMS and other meditation retreat centers.
Chanting and dhamma talks from a Buddhist community in Redwood, CA, in the tradition of Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho & Amaravati Buddhist Monastery.
Dhamma talks given by various teachers in the Theravada Forest Sangha tradition.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
Listen to dharma talks offered by Rodney Smith and guest teachers at the Seattle Insight Meditation Society.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington
Listen to dharma talks offered by Tara Brach and guest teachers at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC.
Mid-Peninsular Insight Meditation Center
This site is an archive of dharma talks given by Gil Fronsdal and various guest speakers at the center since 2000.
Guided meditations and talks by Bhante Bodhidhamma.
A selection of the Buddha’s Suttas, read aloud by senior teachers and practitioners in the Theravada Buddhist tradition.
The Buddhist Insight Network (BIN) hosts a searchable database of sitting groups practicing in the insight meditation tradition. Please reference BIN’s listings to find local sitting groups near your home.
Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery
A Buddhist community in Redwood, California, in the tradition of Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Sumedho & Amaravati Buddhist Monastery.
Aloka Vihara/Saranaloka Foundation
Saranaloka Foundation supports a small community of Theravada Buddhist nuns living at Aloka Vihara in the Sierra Foothills of California. There, a rural monastery is being developed where women can live and train as nuns and where the lay community can practice.
Asheville Insight Meditation
A meditation community located in Asheville, North Carolina offering weekly guided meditation sessions, classes, visits from meditation teachers, reading resources, group sharing and resources for participating in extended retreats.
The Barn, Devon, England
The Barn is a Buddhist meditation retreat center on the Sharpham Estate in Devon in southwest England. Retreats are based on mindfulness practice, Buddhist inquiry, organic gardening and community living.
Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
BCBS offers a variety of opportunities for investigating the teachings of the Buddha – lectures, classes, workshops, retreats and independent study programs. While rooted in the classical Buddhist tradition, the BCBS mission calls for the study of all schools of Buddhism and discussions with other traditions. The emphasis is on the interrelationship between study and practice, and on exploring the relevance of classical teachings to contemporary life.
Established in Washington DC, in 1982, Bhavana Society is dedicated to the practice of Theravada Buddhist meditation. Bhavana is a term meaning mental cultivation. Bhavana Society is located on 42 acres of secluded forest near High View, West Virginia (approximately 100 miles west of DC). The center offers Society members and friends rare opportunities to practice Vipassana meditation in an ideal setting, in keeping with the forest tradition.
Bodhinyanarama is a monastic residence of the Theravada tradition of Buddhism set in a 51 hectare Native Reserve of regenerating bush 29 kms from Wellington, New Zealand. Bodhinyanarama has its origins in the Thai Forest Tradition and is associated with the many branch monasteries of meditation master Ajahn Chah.
Brazos Insight Meditation Society
Brazos Insight Meditation Society (BIMS) is a community of meditators, providing the opportunity to learn about and practice the Buddhist Theravadan tradition in Bryan/College Station, Texas. We seek peace, understanding and wisdom through developing mindfulness in meditation and everyday life.
Buddhist Families of Durham
Located in Durham, North Carolina, the BFD supports parents and their children in the practice of mindfulness meditation and the understanding of Buddhist teachings within the vipassana lineage. The Sunday morning meetings begin with a child-led ceremony, followed by an adult sit and Bodhi School for the children. Our vision is to create an ongoing community in which families develop a spiritual path in the Buddhist meditative tradition, integrate these principles into daily life at home, and apply such development toward the benefit and peace of the larger communities in which we live.
Buddhist Society of Western Australia
The Buddhist Society of Western Australia is a Theravada Buddhist group based on the forest tradition of SE Asia. It was started by a small group in 1973 and has since grown to become the largest Buddhist organisation in Australia. We have members throughout Western Australia, in all states of Australia and Christmas Island, and overseas in countries such as Canada, UK, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and USA.
Buffalo Mindfulness Community
The Buffalo Mindfulness Community offers spiritual education and training about mindfulness (the cultivation of a non-judgmental awareness of the mind-body) and loving-kindness (the intention for all beings to be free from the root of suffering).
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
CIMC is a non-residential urban center for the teaching and practice of insight meditation. CIMC’s programs are designed to provide a strong foundation in formal meditation as well as daily practice. Our schedule includes daily sittings, weekly Dharma talks, ongoing classes and practice groups, teacher interviews, and a variety of weekend workshops and meditation retreats. An open invitation is extended to all to stop by CIMC and browse through the library or join in any of the public sittings or Wednesday evening Dharma talks.
The Center for Mindful Inquiry
The Center for Mindful Inquiry (CMI) is dedicated to teaching the practices and principles of mindfulness to professionals. At CMI, course participants learn how to connect with, see and understand themselves, situations, and the people in their lives with greater clarity, wisdom, and compassion. By learning to apply mindfulness and to respond skillfully in the moment, professionals can bring benefit to themselves, to the particular situation and to all involved.
Centro de Meditación
A bi-lingual Buddhist meditation center and retirement community in Vilcabamba, Ecuador, offering instruction in Vipassana meditation.
Common Ground Meditation Center
Based in Minneapolis, MN, and supporting the Twin Cities mindfulness meditation community, Common Ground exists to support the awakening of suffering beings through the development of an ethical life, the cultivation of a pure heart and quiet mind, and through a deepening of insight into the way things are.
The Community Meditation Center
The Community Meditation Center is located in New York City on Manhattan’s upper west side. With a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, the CMC offers classes, Insight Meditation (Vipassana) instruction and practice, daylong retreats, workshops, and social events. Some of the world’s most renowned teachers join with guiding teacher Allan Lokos as we endeavor to develop greater compassion, lovingkindness, wisdom, generosity, and equanimity. All are welcome.
Dharma Zephyr Insight Meditation Community
Dharma Zephyr Insight Meditation Community represents Buddhist Vipassana (insight) meditation groups in northern Nevada.
Dzogchen, “The Innate Great Perfection”, is the ultimate teaching of the Non-Sectarian Practice Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. It is the specialty of the Nyingma school (Ancient Order) of Tibet and is practiced by masters in all Tibetan schools.
The Forest Hermitage – Wat Pah Santidhamma
This is a Buddhist monastery after the style of the forest monasteries of N.E. Thailand but set in the Heart of England. It is owned and maintained by the Buddha-Dhamma Fellowship on behalf of and for the Bhikkhu Sangha, the community of monks founded by the Buddha more than 2,500 years ago. The senior monk, or Ajahn, the Venerable Khemadhammo Mahathera, with up to four more monks and a lay-attendant reside here. The tradition is that of the Theravada school.
Gaia House is located in Devon, England, and offers Insight Meditation (known as Vipassana in the Buddhist tradition) and Zen Retreats throughout the year. The Centre provides comprehensive Dharma teachings and spiritual practices to realize wisdom and compassion in daily life.
Gainesville Vipassana Society
Located in Gainesville, Florida, the purpose of the Gainesville Vipassana Society is to support the practice of Vipassana (Insight Meditation) by offering frequent residential retreats and weekly sitting groups.
Insight Community of the Desert
Located in Palm Springs, California, The Insight Community of the Desert’s mission is to cultivate peace, compassion and interconnection through mindfulness practice and wisdom teachings from Buddhist and other contemplative traditions. The center offers weekly meditation and teaching, daylong retreats and class series. Larry Yang serves as guiding teacher.
Insight Meditation in Ann Arbor
Friendly, open Sunday morning sitting group, vipassana classes for beginning and continuing meditators. Weekend retreats several times a year, vipassana instruction in the traditional Theravadan tradition. Serving Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County, Michigan.
InsightLA, under the direction of Trudy Goodman, guides the practice of Buddhist meditation individually, in sitting groups, and through retreats in the Los Angeles and Southern California area. We offer a range of programs which include the practice of Insight Meditation, also known as Vipassana in the Buddhist tradition.
Insight Meditation Center
The Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California has been meeting since 1986. It is a gathering of individuals who meet in order to learn, support and deepen their mindfulness practice. It is an informal group and those interested in mindfulness meditation are heartily welcome to join whenever they wish.
The Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport
IMCN offers a variety of meditation opportunities including daily sittings, practice groups, retreats and workshops. IMCN is conveniently located in a beautiful rural setting close to I-95 and downtown Newburyport, Massachusetts.
The Insight Meditation Center of the Pioneer Valley
IMC PV is a non-residential urban center located in Easthampton, MA. Its mission is to offer the Buddha’s teachings of liberation to all those who are interested and to those who want to sustain and deepen their practice. We offer drop in sittings, classes, one-day and weekend non-residential retreats and teacher interviews. Rebecca Bradshaw is the Guiding Teacher.
The Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville
IMCC holds a weekly sangha meeting with a period of meditation, followed by a dharma talk. The teachers also offer two other weekly sits, a biannual Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation course, a weeklong retreat as well as a weekend and several daylong retreats.
Insight Meditation Community of Columbia
Located in South Carolina, we are a peer-led group of practitioners with diverse levels of experience who meet for meditation and discussion on vipassana meditation and lovingkindness (metta) practice. We are welcoming and our meetings are open to all, including people of all faiths and beliefs who seek freedom of heart and mind. We also study and practice mindfulness with the intention of integrating wisdom and manifesting compassion in all aspects of our lives.
Insight Meditation Community of New Jersey
Insight Meditation Community of New Jersey offers peer support and beginning instruction in Vipassana (Insight) meditation. The purpose of our community is to provide a supportive and friendly environment for the practice of meditation. The group meets in Morristown, NJ for weekly Sunday night group meditation, and for monthly Saturday all day peer retreats.
Insight Meditation Community of Providence
IMCP supports members in the practice and study of the Buddha’s teachings. All are warmly invited to join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month for 40 minutes of silent meditation, a short Dharma reading and time for discussion and sharing.
The Insight Meditation Community of Washington D.C.
IMCW offers training in Vipassana (or Insight) meditation and related Buddhist practices that awaken the heart and mind. We serve the entire DC metro area. In addition to our flagship Wednesday night class in Bethesda, IMCW’s programs include weekly classes and sitting groups in Washington; Takoma Park and Frederick, MD; Northern Virginia and Shepherdstown, south westWV. We also offer nonresidential weekend retreats and workshops, as well as a thriving community of peer-led Kalyana Mitta (or spiritual friend) groups. Longer residential retreats, held several times a year, are open to out-of-towners as well as DC-area residents. IMCW is guided by founder and senior teacher, Tara Brach, in addition to a Teachers Council and Board of Directors.The Insight Meditation Group, Dublin, Ireland
We have been in existence for over 25 years. We meet weekly in Rathfarnham, Dublin. This meeting includes a period of sitting meditation, ongoing discussion on a book related to the practice. We also have time for tea and chat.
Insight Meditation South Bay
IMSB, dedicated to the liberating teachings of the Buddha, was founded by Shaila Catherine to support Buddhist meditation practice in the Silicon Valley and South Bay area of California. IMSB offers training in mindfulness-based meditation, lovingkindness, ethics, concentration and jhana practices. Weekly meditation groups are held in Mountain View. Monthly daylongs, nonresidential weekend seminars, residential retreats, and Dharma study courses are offered in the nearby cities of San Jose, Campbell, Palo Alto and Menlo Park, as well as in Mountain View. Beginning and seasoned meditators are welcome.
Insight San Diego
Insight San Diego invites you to join a new study group. Using Joseph Goldstein’s book, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening as a guide, this group will methodically explore the fundamental path to awakening as described by the Buddha in the Satipatthana Sutta.
The International Meditation Centres
There are six International Meditation Centres in the Sayagyi U Ba Khin Tradition. All were founded to provide facilities for the instruction and practice of Theravada Buddhist Meditation. Each of the centres in the West is a direct offshoot of the International Meditation Centre of Yangon, Myanmar (formerly Rangoon, Burma), which was founded by Sayagyi U Ba Khin.
Kalyana Centre for Mindfulness
Kalyana Centre for Mindfulness is located in the southwest of Ireland, on the Dingle Peninsula, close to Mount Brandon. The Centre offers Mindfulness Meditation, as well as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Simple movements known as Kum Nye (Tibetan healing yoga) and a skillful use of the voice (Voice Awareness) are integrated in some of our workshops and retreats.
Madison Insight Meditation Group
The Madison Insight Meditation Group is comprised of people with varying levels of training and experience in Vipassana, or Insight Meditation. They focus on the essence of the Buddha’s teachings that underlie 2500 years of cultural traditions.
Mahapajapati Women’s Monastery is located in the hi-desert region of the Mojave Desert. We strive to practice the teachings of the Buddha. We observe the traditional “rains” retreat, a three month retreat, from July-Oct. Space is limited so please call ahead to inquire. There are no fees charged at this monastery. Donations are gratefully accepted.
The Mariposa Sangha offers weekly meditation, book discussions, beginning meditation instruction and Dharma talks. There are experienced meditators available to provide instruction. We collaborate with other Texas sanghas to offer retreats in Central Texas with visiting teachers from Spirit Rock in Woodacre, CA and Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS). We enjoy occasional potlucks, Buddhist Movie Night and other social activities. Newcomers are welcome.
Meditation Center Beatenberg Switzerland
The center offers various forms of meditation from among the great wealth of Buddhist traditions, continuing thereby a tradition of 2500 years, at the same time introducing forms and methods that are helpful in our modern times. Particular emphasis is given to Vipassana meditation retreats. The center is located in the Bernese Alps, a quiet, beautiful mountain area of Switzerland with a grand view over Thun lake and the surrounding mountains.
Metta Forest Monastery
Metta Forest Monastery (Wat Mettavanaram, or “Wat Metta” for short) is a Thai forest monastery established in the rural hills outside of San Diego.
Mid America Dharma
Mid America Dharma is a non-profit organization dedicated to making the practice of vipassana or Insight Meditation available to others in the central region of the United States.
Mindful Harlem is a non-profit community center dedicated to the practice of mindfulness as a vehicle for an awakened life. Through meditation, dharma talks and yoga, individuals will be guided toward recognition of their inner wisdom as the path for liberation. The center offers Drop and Sit, MBSR, Noble Men, Yoga, and Mindful Leadership classes. Sharing the community’s collective wisdom is a big part of what Mindful Harlem is all about and we welcome you to be part of it.
The Mountain Hermitage
Conceived as small meditation center in the exquisite, pristine, high country of northern New Mexico, The Mountain Hermitage is dedicated to the cultivation of wisdom and compassion and a way of life based on teachings of the Buddha. The deep belief that this sanctuary will help the world is the motivation for creating the Hermitage; where experienced meditators can undertake an extended period of intensive, independent practice. Marcia Rose is the founder and guiding teacher.
New York Insight Meditation Center
New York Insight (NYI) was founded as a nonprofit center for the practice of mindful awareness (vipassana or insight meditation). NYI provides a place where all are welcome to begin or deepen meditation practice based on the liberation teachings of the Buddha. Programs include evenings with renowned meditation teachers, ongoing classes, daylong retreats and weekend courses for the integration of meditation teachings in daily life. The events, except where noted, are suitable for beginning as well as experienced meditators. NYI welcomes the participation of all interested people.
Nirodha is a Theravada Buddhist organization based in Helsinki, Finland. The group organizes weekly sittings, practice days, silent meditation retreats, courses and study groups.
The Nirodha Trust is a Sri Lankan based non-profit, formed with the mission of spreading the teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Theravada tradition. The Nirodha Trust offers, free of charge, online courses in Pali, Suttas, and soon courses on the Abhidhamma and meditation teachings and guidance by Dhammaruwan.
Open Door Sangha
Open Door Sangha is a community for Buddhist practice, primarily in the Insight (Vipassana) tradition, in Santa Barbara, California. The Sangha offers weekly meditation groups, introductory meditation classes, occasional daylong mini-retreats and weekend retreats with well-known Buddhist teachers. All are welcome.
Pa-Auk Forest Monastery
Pa-Auk Forest Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in the Theravada tradition, with emphasis on the teaching and practice of both Samatha (tranquility) and Vipassana (insight) meditation. Situated in a forest along the Taung Nyo Mountain range in Mon State, Myanmar, the monastery provides a conducive setting for the practice of long-term, intensive meditation.
Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Center
Panditarama Lumbini in Nepal offers ongoing retreats year round. Meditators may schedule their individual retreats for a minimum of seven days up to several months, starting at any time of the year.
The Philadelphia Meditation Center
A Non-sectarian Meditation Center in the Philadelphia Area. A center for regular silent meditation practice. A place for learning in an open and non-sectarian environment. A place to meet others, learn a non-hierarchical, non-teacher centered place where we can support each other’s spiritual growth.
Plum Village, a Buddhist monastery for monks and nuns and a practice center for lay people in France, was founded in 1982 by the Vietnamese Zen-Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay). During the course of the year, Plum Village welcomes thousands of retreatants from all over the world.
Princeton Insight Meditation
Princeton Insight Meditation is a meditation group that welcomes and respects all spiritual and religious traditions. We offer knowledge, skills and tools that can be naturally integrated into daily life and personal values. We provide a supportive place to learn how to meditate or deepen meditation practice. Sitting groups, both teacher-led and peer-led, meet in downtown Princeton.
Sacramento Insight Meditation
Sacramento Insight Meditation’s mission is to serve as a learning, training, and community center for the development, integration, and skillful use of meditation practices and awareness in all aspects of individual, family, educational, institutional, work, and community life.
Sandy Springs Insight Meditation
A peer-led insight meditation group in Atlanta, Georgia that meets weekly for meditation and dharma discussions.
Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha
A Dharma Community in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha is a community of Dharma practitioners seeking liberation through Insight Meditation and integration of the Buddha’s teachings into daily life.
Saranaloka Foundation supports a small community of Theravada Buddhist nuns living at Aloka Vihara in the Sierra Foothhills of California. There, a rural monastery is being developed where women can live and train as nuns and where the lay community can practice.
Sati Center for Buddhist Studies
Sati Center for Buddhist Studies supports the study of Buddhist teachings. Our perspective balances scholarly inquiry with serious meditation practice. Our goal is to help participants explore original Buddhist texts and appreciate the richness of the tradition and lineage. We want to facilitate ongoing dialog and exchange among meditators, teachers, students and scholars. Classes — held at various venues in the San Francisco area — are small to encourage personal contact and discussion. Our perspective is primarily Theravadin, but not exclusively so.
The Satipanya Buddhist Trust
Devoted to Vipassana Insight Meditation in the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma, Satipanya is non-sectarian and of benefit to anyone of whatever religious or non-religious persuasion. The unifying principle is the practice of Mahasi Vipassana Insight Meditation. The appointed Spiritual Director of the Trust is Bhante Bodhidhamma, an English Theravada monk of twenty years’ standing.
Seattle Insight Meditation Society
The Seattle Insight Meditation Society (SIMS) is a non-profit organization devoted to offering the Buddha’s teachings on insight and awareness to all those who seek them. Founded by a group of longtime practitioners of the dharma, or teachings of the Buddha, SIMS intends to create and nurture an open and cohesive spiritual community, or sangha, to support the practice of mindfulness in daily life.
Seminarhaus Engl e.V.is a non-profit organization that was founded 1990 to offer retreats from different Buddhist traditions. We were inspired and encouraged by Sylvia Wetzel and Fred von Allmen. We want to help that attitudes like compassion, tolerance and insight get more attention in our society. Seminarhaus Engl as a place of practice, retreat and meeting should not be an island, but a bridge to a life with meaning right in our time. Engl is set among fields and woods in Niederbayern, about 100 km east of Munich, Germany.
The Sharpham Trust, Devon, England
The Sharpham Trust offers a broad education in traditional Buddhist values critically applied to contemporary needs. The nature of this education is meditative, transformative and creative. The curriculum is designed to nurture a wiser and more compassionate orientation to daily life. It aims to enhance confidence and conviction in one’s basic values, stimulate a renewal of personal and social vision, and cultivate a deeper sense of connectedness with, and responsibility for, others.
Southern Dharma Retreat Center
Southern Dharma Retreat Center is a nonprofit educational facility, welcoming a variety of spiritual paths, whose purpose is to offer meditation retreats. Southern Dharma is located in a remote mountainous area of Western North Carolina, an hour northwest of Asheville. Facilities include a meditation hall, dormitory, a private forest hermitage and creekside campsites.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Located in Woodacre, California, Spirit Rock is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the vipassana tradition.The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight or Vipassana Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. The Center hosts a full program of ongoing classes, daylong, and residential retreats.
Springwater Center for Meditative Inquiry and Retreats
Springwater Center holds retreats throughout the year on 200 acres of woods, fields and streams in western New York. Retreats are in silence with a non-technical approach to meditation, no ritual, and an entirely optional sitting and walking schedule. Questioning her affiliation with formal Buddhist Zen, Toni Packer left the Rochester Zen Center, where she had been a teacher, with a group of friends in 1981. Springwater was born out of this need to see through the raw material of our everyday lives rather than grapple with traditional koans and practices.
Stichting Inzichts Meditatie
This organization promotes the practice of vipassana meditation in The Netherlands and organizes vipassana meditation retreats with teachers from the East and the West.
Suan Mokkh is a forest monastery along the coast of Southern Thailand, 600 km from Bangkok. It was founded in 1932 by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu and grew to become the most innovative and progressive Buddhist teaching center in Siam. Although Buddhadasa Bhikkhu has passed away, much of his work continues.
The Swedish Vipassanagruppen
Vipassanagruppen is a Swedish nonprofit organization for people who are interested in insight meditation. They arrange regular sittings, seminars and retreats.
Taos Mountain Sangha
Based in the beautiful mountains and mesas of Northern New Mexico, Taos Mountain Sangha is a small community-based meditation center dedicated to the practice and teaching of Buddhist principles. Under the guidance of Marcia Rose, the community offers group meditations, classes, retreats, talks, and discussions aimed at deepening participants’ practice and understanding.
Te Moata is a beautiful retreat centre situated six kilometres north of Tairua, New Zealand, in 850 acres of protected native forest in the heart of the Coromandel peninsula. Te Moata offers regular Insight Meditation Retreats and many other workshops.
Temple Forest Monastery
Temple Forest Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho, located in the small town of Temple, New Hampshire. Its primary purpose is to serve as a place where Buddhist forest monks are able to live, and where those interested can become monks and receive a traditional training. The monastery aims to provide an accessible contemplative sanctuary for anyone interested in this way of life.
Tibet House is dedicated to the proposition that the wisdom and arts of all human civilizations vitally enrich the emerging global culture. Within this, we focus on a special concern for Tibet, its people, its spectacular highlands, and its civilization of extraordinary wisdom and beauty. Tibet House New York is part of a worldwide network of Tibetan institutions committed to ensuring that the light of the Tibetan spirit never disappears from the face of the earth.
True North Insight
True North Insight (TNI) is a nonprofit center for the practice of insight (vipassana) meditation in English and French in Eastern Canada. TNI’s programming includes residential retreats, day-long retreats, non-residential daily life retreats, and weekly sitting groups in the regions of Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Kingston. TNI is committed to diversity and is guided in all endeavors by the ethics of non-harming, the spirit of loving friendship and compassion, the wisdom of insight, and the truth of liberation.
The Uganda Buddhist Centre
The Uganda Buddhist Centre was established on April 10, 2005. This centre was founded by Venerable Buddharakkhita with the dedicated support of a group of pioneering devotees led by Felista Nampiima and Joyce Nakatte. The primary aim of the centre is to spread Buddhism in Uganda and other African countries.
Vallecitos Mountain Refuge
The Vallecitos Mountain Refuge is a wilderness ranch and contemplative retreat center seeking to strengthen and support progressive leaders and advocacy organizations working for social change and the protection of the environment in our society.
Vermont Insight Meditation Center
Vermont Insight Meditation Center is a community-based, non-residential center for the practice of Vipassana or Insight meditation, and for the study of Buddhist teachings and mindfulness practice in daily life. We are located at Solar Hill, 229 Western Avenue in Brattleboro, Vermont. Vermont Insight offers a range of study programs and meditation practice opportunities. All are welcome to participate.
Vipassana Dhura Meditation Society
An IMS teacher in the ’70s, the monk Achan Sobin teaches precision mindfulness. Learn sitting/walking meditation, the Sixteen Stages of Insight, mindful eating and more.
Vimalakirti Center in Geneva
Located in Geneva, Switzerland, the Vimalakirti Center offers classes in vipassana meditation and other practices within the Buddhist tradition. Its founding teachers are Patricia Genoud-Feldman and Charles Genoud.
Vipassana Metta Foundation of Maui
Located on Maui, the Vipassana Metta Foundation currently conducts regular silent vipassana metta retreats: daylong, weekend, annual two-week (March) and an annual month-long (August). We undertake cultivation of awareness through the traditional practices of generosity, moral conduct, concentration, insight and lovingkindness with the understanding that liberation of the heart brings the greatest happiness which is peace.Our vision includes establishing a small spiritual sanctuary and hermitage for solitary dhamma practice.
Vipassana Hawaii was established in Honolulu in 1984 to support the teachings of classical Buddhism and to make them relevant to the issues of our day. Our teachers currently offer weekly guided sittings, classes for old and new students, individual meditation instruction, and weekend, ten-day and three-week retreats.
A Theravada Buddhist community serving central and south Texas.
The Westcoast Dharma Society
The Westcoast Dharma Society was formed in Vancouver, BC, Canada to promote Buddhist meditation practices (primarily Vipassana and Metta) for the benefit of all beings. WDS focuses on retreat management with the specific mandate of bringing senior Western Dharma teachers to Vancouver to lead meditation retreats.
Western Connecticut Insight Meditation Society
The Western Connecticut Insight Meditation Society is a community of Insight Meditators at all stages of practice that gather together on a regular basis to learn, to practice and to provide support, inspiration and fellowship to one another.
The mission of the Zen Peacemakers is to alleviate suffering in the world by promoting actualized spiritual practice that includes meditation, study, direct social service and multi-faith cooperation.
Buddhayana Forest Retreat, Nova Scotia Canada
Buddhayana Forest Retreat is a Buddhist meditation retreat center, set in the beautiful mixed hardwood forest of Nova Scotia’s Cobequid Highlands. Our center offers self-directed and self-sufficient temporary, monastic style meditation retreats.
Temenos, Shutesbury MA
Temenos is a small retreat and conference center, located on 78 acres on a small mountain in Massachusetts, 25 minutes from Amherst. In our forest setting guests are away from electricity and telephone, taking their water from our well.
Access To Insight
Resources for practice and meditation — directories, text archives, self-guided tour through the Pali Canon.
Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly is an in-depth, practice-oriented journal for everyone with a serious interest in Buddhism. From the publishers of Lion’s Roar.
BuddhaNet is a large, non-sectarian online database of Buddhist educational and supportive resources. It is a not-for-profit organisation affiliated with the Buddha Dharma Education Association, which was started in 1992 as a vipassana meditation center in Sydney by Ven. Pannyavaro.
Buddhism in Canada
Links to Buddhist centers and temples throughout Canada.
Buddhist Geeks asks the question: “How can we serve the convergence of Buddhism with rapidly evolving technology and an increasingly global culture?” They organize an annual conference and week-long retreat, and their podcast holds interviews and discussions with Buddhist teachers, scholars and advanced practitioners.
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
The mission of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF), founded in 1978, is to serve as a catalyst for socially engaged Buddhism. BPF’s purpose is to help beings liberate themselves from the suffering that manifests in individuals, relationships, institutions, and social systems. Their programs, publications, and practice groups link Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion with progressive social change.
DharmaNet International’s Internet clearinghouse for Buddhist study and practice resources has been online since 1991. Dharmanet hosts its own in-house databases and collections, as well as providing links to worldwide online Buddhist resources, large and small.
Forest Sangha’s Newsletter
The Forest Sangha is a world-wide Buddhist community in the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah. The newsletter contains news, views, articles, transcribed talks, poems, tutorials, contact addresses, forthcoming events, retreat schedules, etc.
Gift of Lovingkindness
The Gift of Lovingkindness is an online discussion group for anyone interested in lovingkindness (metta) meditation. Share experiences, ask questions, lend and receive support.
Inquiring Mind was a donation supported, semiannual journal dedicated to the creative transmission of Buddha-dharma to the West. It was highly regarded for its excellent and thought-provoking interviews of Buddhist teachers such as Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstien and Joanna Macy, as well as for art, poetry, stories and humorous essays. Their archives are still available online.
Lion’s Roar Foundation offers timeless Buddhist teachings, up-to-the-moment news, advice, commentary, and more. We deliver this content through these platforms: Lion’s Roar magazine in print and digital editions (formerly the Shambhala Sun); Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly; and LionsRoar.com. They also host an annual community retreat and other events.
Mahasi.us and Mahasi.eu
Mahasi.us and Mahasi.eu is a non-profit network of Vipassana meditators, retreat organizers, and independent meditation centers in North America and Europe. The aim of Mahasi.us and Mahasi.eu is to provide information about Vipassana meditation and related Buddhist activities, primarily in North America and Europe.
Mind & Life Institute
The Mind and Life Institute is dedicated to creating a collaboration and research partnership between modern science and Buddhism.
Next Step Dharma offers interactive online courses focused on bringing meditation and the skills of the Buddhist path into ordinary daily life. Their core, six-week course provides a range of support to integrate the unique insights and learnings from a silent retreat into one’s life. It includes live Q&A webinars, interviews with founding Insight Meditation teachers, short Dharma talks, guided meditations, and connection with online community.
Gateway to Thich Nhat Hanh: schedule, books, information and centers.
Ram Dass is a long-time friend of IMS and its founders. He is an icon of spiritual practice and teachings, and has been since the late 1960s. He now offers teachings through his website and on-line community.
Publisher of audios, books and tools, including material by IMS teachers.
Tricycle is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to making Buddhist teachings and practices broadly available. Launched in 1991, it is the leading independent journal of Buddhism in the West, where it continues to be the most inclusive and widely read vehicle for the dissemination of Buddhist views and values.
Turning Wheel Media
Turning Wheel Media is an online home for activists and thinkers, writers and readers, a place to bring Buddhist teachings into conversation with the world.
We are an independent site promoting a balanced approach to the practice of Buddhist meditation as found in the Theravada tradition. We aim to offer resources to help nurture and sustain a fulfilling and effective meditation practice that is consistent with the Buddha’s teachings.
Worldwide Insight is a Dharma practice group that you can access online from anywhere in the world. Each Sunday, renowned Insight Meditation teachers offer meditation instruction, teachings, and live Q&A on video.