Regional Sanghas

Tri-State Dharma in Cincinnati, OH

Show Me Dharma in Columbia, MO

Louisville Vipassana Community in Louisville, KY

Mindful Heart Sangha in Evansville, IN

Insight Meditation in Ann Arbor, MI

National Retreat Centers and Organizations

Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA - IMS is a major center for Vipassana mediation on the east coast.  Retreats are held throughout the year. 

Spirit Rock Retreat Center in Woodacre, CA - Spirit Rock is an Insight Meditation center just north of San Francisco, providing "silent meditation retreats, as well as classes, trainings, and Dharma study opportunities for new and experienced students from diverse backgrounds with a willingness to develop their own practice."

Buddhist Insight Network - BIN is an organization for people and groups that feel a spiritual connection and identify their spiritual lineage with the founders of the Insight Meditation movement in the West.

Mid America Dharma - 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.

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies - A non-profit educational organization dedicated to exploring Buddhist thought and practice as a living tradition, faithful to its origins, yet adaptable to the current world. 

Online Information

Audio Dharma - This site is an archive of Dharma talks given by Gil Fronsdal, Andrea Fella and various guest speakers at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA.

Access to Insight- Access to Insight includes a large collection of English translations from the Pali canon, one of the first recorded collections of the Buddha’s teachings.

Buddhist Glossary - Provided by Buddha Net, this glossary includes definitions of a wide range of Pali and Sanskrit terms used in Buddhist study.

Buddhist Lists - Provided by Insight Meditation South Bay, this site provides summaries of many of the lists used by the Buddha in his teachings.  Each list is described in a separate document adding background that explains the background and function of each list.

Suggested Reading


The Experience of Insight, Joseph Goldstein

Break Through Pain, Shinzen Young

The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic, Gil Fronsdal

The Heart of Buddhist Meditation, Nyanaponiha Thera

Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana

The Beginners Guide to Insight Meditation, Arinna Weisman & Jean Smith

A Path With Heart, and The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield

Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha’s Path, Bhante Gunaratana 

Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation, Joseph Goldstein & Jack Kornfield

Breath By Breath, Larry Rosenberg

Being Dharma: The Essence of the Buddha’s Teachings, Ajahn Chah

Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, Sharon Salzberg

Life of the Buddha-Bhikkhu Namamoli

The Mind and the Way-Ajahn Sumedho

In the Buddha’s Words-Bhikkhu Bodhi

Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree-Ajahn Buddhadasa


Mindfulness:  A Practical Guide to Awakening, Joseph Goldstein

The Experience of Insight, Joseph Goldstein

A Gradual Awakening, Stephen Levine

The Heart of Buddhist Meditation, Nyanaponika Thera

Insight Meditation: A Step-by-Step Course on How to Meditate, Sharon Salzberg & Joseph Goldstein

In This Very Life: The Liberation Teachings of the Buddha, Sayadaw U Pandita 

Mindfulness With Breathing: A Manual for Serious Beginners, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu