Joseph Goldstein

Teaching schedule
Publications & Apps
Selected interviews


Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the organization’s guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students of insight meditation, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

Joseph first became interested in Buddhism as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in 1965. Since 1967 he has studied and practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma and Tibet. He is the author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to AwakeningA Heart Full of PeaceOne Dharma: The Emerging Western BuddhismInsight Meditation: The Practice of FreedomThe Experience of Insight, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course.

Teaching schedule


Feb 2–11
with teachers George Mumford and Jill Shepherd, and nakawe cuebas and Devon Hase as trainee assistants
Insight Meditation Society 
Barre, MA
Jul 20–29  
with teachers Kamala Masters, Greg Scharf and DaRa Williams, and
Devin Berry and Neesha Patel as trainee assistants 
Aug 6–9  
Santa Monica, CA
Sep 13–16
Vipassana Retreat
with Sharon Salzberg
Garrison Institute
Garrison, NY

Publications & Apps

10% Happier – Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

Mindfulness: A Pratical Guide to Awakening (book  published by Sounds True)

Mindfulness: Six Guided Practices for Awakening (audio published by and available from Sounds True

 A Heart Full of Peace (book published by Wisdom Publications)
  Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume I: The Body (audio published by Sounds True)
  Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume II: On Feeling, the Mind & Dhamma (audio published by Sounds True)
  Abiding in Mindfulness, Volume III: On Dhamma (audio published by Sounds True)
One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism (book) 
  Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom (book

Seeking the Heart of Wisdom (with Jack Kornfield) (book

The Experience of Insight (book

Insight Meditation Correspondence Course (with Sharon Salzberg) (audio

Insight Meditation: A Step-by-Step Course on How to Meditate (with Sharon Salzberg) (audio)

Selected interviews

Joseph Goldstein’s Survival Guide to the Age of Outrage (via Tapestry with Mary Hynes)

Conversation with Sam Harris, Questions Along the Path

iBme talk at Middlesex School, Mindfulness

Conversation with Sam Harris, The Path and the Goal

Podcast at Mindrolling about Joseph’s latest book Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

Podcast with Tami Simon, Part 1 and Part 2 (via Sounds True)

The Nature of Mindfulness

Audio (via Buddhist Geeks)

The Inner Investigation from “30 Years – Best of Buddhism” in Shambhala Sun, Dec 2009 / Jan 2010

Here, Now, Aware: The Power of MindfulnessShambhala Sun, Nov 2007