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:
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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.
Other Insight Meditation teachers
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 such as John Barter.
Insight Meditation practices
are also found in types of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.
teachers* who lead Insight Meditation programs in Australia
Guy Armstrong and Sally Armstrong lead a retreat in the Perth
area every second year;
Steve Armstrong and Kamala Masters lead retreats
near Perth on alternate years;
Stephen and Martine Batchelor who come to Australia
once every few years;
Hanson has visited Australia once and is due back in 2011
Gregory Kramer leads Insight Dialogue retreats
most years in NSW and Victoria;
Jason Siff comes each year and teaches in eastern
and central states;
Stahl leads retreats near Sydney organised by Sydney Insight
Steven Smith teaches at the Blue Mountains
Insight Meditation Centre;
Christopher Titmuss has been coming to Australia
consistently for over thirty years and teaches each year in NSW.
*This site covers 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), Gaia House (UK)
and Meditation Center Beatenberg (Switzerland). Occasional programs
run by other visiting teachers are included at the discretion
of the site administrator.
Insight Meditation in New Zealand
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:
Rock Meditation Centre (California, USA)
Society (Massachussetts, USA)
Barre Centre for Buddhist Studies (Massachussetts,
Meditation Center Beatenberg (Switzerland)
Insight Meditation Australia
Zafus (meditation cushions)
Links - Audio
Tricycle Audio Archive
(earlier than 2011)
This site is primarily for
programs run by teachers on the teacher
page, related groups and programs run by visiting Insight
Meditation teachers as detailed above. To contact the site administrator
Retreats get posted when the
details are set and bookings are open.