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.
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
We have regular meditation,
yoga and walking programs called yatras. Details available here.
Action Supported by the Insight Meditation Community
Meditation groups have supported a variety of social programs.
The initiative which has had the most focus, since it started
twenty four years ago, is the
Bodhgaya Development Association, an Australian group supporting
a school and other programs for the poor in India.
Insight Meditation further afield
There are many Insight Meditation
centres and groups overseas. Five of the larger centres are these:
Links - Audio
This site is for programs run
by teachers on the teacher page,
related groups, the annual SIM new year retreat, and programs
run by overseas Insight Meditation teachers who have taught at
one of the five large centres listed above. To contact the site
Retreats get posted when the
details are set and bookings are open.