What is Insight Meditation?

Insight Meditation (also known as Vipassana) refers to both Buddhist meditation practices and a largely Western form of Buddhism. A feature of Insight Meditation as a form of Buddhism is that it is either free of ritual or has minimal ritual. It draws on the practices and wisdom of Theravada Buddhism, which has been practiced for centuries in Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka. Many Insight Meditation teachers have also been influenced by Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.

There are different styles of Insight Meditation. Some common threads are that they all place importance on acting in an ethical way, and they all have a focus on settling the mind, developing a level of clarity, and looking carefully at one's experience. Aims of Insight Meditation include coming to a deep understanding of ourselves, and developing compassion for all living beings.


Quarterly Insight Meditation News

We have a quarterly email news which gives a little more information than is on the website about what is coming up and what is happening in our national (mainly East Coast) network. You can get on the list for these emails by sending an email to:

We're happy to take you off the list at any time. Just let us know. We don't give names or addresses on this list to anyone.

Groups in particular areas (DharmaCloud, Bluegum Sangha, Sydney Insight Meditators, Tallowwood Sangha, Heart Insight in Brisbane and others) have their own lists. Look under the "Groups/Centres" heading for contact details.



We have regular meditation, yoga and walking programs called yatras. Details available here.


Other Insight Meditation teachers in Australia

There are other teachers in Australia who teach a form of Insight Meditation. Some are monastics or former monastics, some teach at the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre, others teach independently.

Insight Meditation practices are also found in types of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.


Overseas teachers* who lead Insight Meditation programs in Australia

Stephen and Martine Batchelor who come to Australia once every few years;
Jason Siff comes each year and teaches in eastern and central states;
Christopher Titmuss has been coming to Australia consistently for over thirty years and teaches each year in NSW.

*This site covers some of the overseas-based lay Insight teachers who teach or have taught at one of the following centres: Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Insight Meditation Society, Barre, Center for Buddhist Studies (all USA), and Gaia House (UK).


Insight Meditation in New Zealand

There is an active Insight Meditation community in New Zealand / Aotearoa and details of retreats can be found here and at the Christchurch group site.


Insight Meditation further afield

There are many Insight Meditation centres and groups overseas. Five of the larger centres are:
Spirit Rock Meditation Centre (California, USA)
Insight Meditation Society (Massachussetts, USA)
Barre Centre for Buddhist Studies (Massachussetts, USA)
Gaia House (UK)
Meditation Center Beatenberg (Switzerland)


Links - General

Insight Meditation Australia
Recollective Awareness
Zafus (meditation cushions)


Links - Audio

Dharma Seed
Audio Dharma
BuddhaNet Audio
Tricycle Audio Archive
Buddhist Geeks


Past events (earlier than 2012)

 Dharma Gatherings  2006  2007  2008
 Yatras  2006 Nightcap - Mebbin  2007 Nightcap - Wollumbin  Caldera  2008 Nightcap Circuit
 2009 Larapinta    2009 Nightcap Circuit  2010 Mimosa Rocks -  Gulaga
 2010 Lamington - Springbrook  2011 Mimosa Rocks - Gulaga  

Site Information

This site is for programs run by teachers on the teacher page, related groups, the annual SIM new year retreat, Insight Meditation retreats led by AABCAP teachers and programs run by visiting Insight Meditation teachers as detailed above. To contact the site administrator email

Retreats get posted when the details are set and bookings are open.



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Image taken by Ken Golding at 2006 Dharma Yatra