North America

Santa Barbara

Open Door Sangha is a community for Buddhist practice, primarily in the Insight (Vipassana) tradition, in Santa Barbara, California. The Sangha offers three weekly meditation groups, introductory meditation classes, occasional daylong mini-retreats and weekend retreats with well-known Buddhist teachers. We welcome all in an atmosphere that is accepting, free of ritual, informal and relaxed.

Santa Cruz

The Insight Retreat Center (IRC) is a community-based retreat center just outside of Santa Cruz, CA.  We offer silent meditation retreats throughout the year primarily focused on insight meditation (Vipassana) and the liberation teachings of the Buddha.

IRC is entirely supported by a wide community of practitioners, volunteers and donors whose generosity is the foundation for the center. With no paid staff, the running of our retreats expresses the integration of the practice, service and goodwill of our volunteers.

Retreats at IRC are offered freely, as gifts to those who attend.  This means there is no cost for retreats.  Donations by those who attend our retreats make it possible to pass this gift forward to others who come to IRC.


Valley Insight Meditation Society was created by a group of people who practice and study in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Our Mission, and the essence of our work, is liberation for all beings.

Our purpose is to provide opportunities for the practice, study, and teaching of Theravada Buddhism in the Insight (Vipassana) Meditation tradition.

Marin Sangha is an insight meditation (vipassana) group in Marin County dedicated to offering the teachings of the Buddha and guidance in Buddhist spiritual discipline with an emphasis on living the dharma in daily life.


Buddhist monastery in the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Chah and Ajahn Sumedho located in the small town of Temple, New Hampshire. A pleasant one-and-a-half-hour drive from Boston, the monastery benefits from a balance of wilderness, seclusion and accessibility historically typical of a Buddhist forest monastery.


Satipañña (pronounced sa-tee-pahn-ya) Insight Meditation Toronto (SIMT) is dedicated to the Dharma of Liberation as found in the Original Teachings of the Buddha. The teachings are intended for people sincerely interested in exploring this profound, brilliant, and penetrating methodology through which countless people have realized authentic freedom – “The Heart’s Sure Release.”

SIMT is a non-profit charitable community located in Toronto, Ontario. Our programs include

  • a weekly Insight Meditation (Vipassana) session followed by a Dharma talk
  • one-day and multi-day meditation retreats
  • a Dharma Home Study Program geared to those wishing to deepen their understanding of the Buddha’s teachings

IMS's Forest Refuge has continuously hosted experienced meditators since 2003. Its program is specifically designed to encourage sustained, longer-term retreat practice – a key component in the transmission of Buddhism from Asia to the West.

Within a harmonious and secluded environment, meditators can nurture the highest aspiration for liberation. In consultation with visiting insight meditation teachers, a program of training in one or more Theravada Buddhist practices is created for each participant, allowing the continuing unfolding of deeper levels of wisdom and compassion. A personal retreat here strengthens practice faith, confidence and self-reliance.


Dedicated to bringing together teachers, students, scholars and practitioners who are committed to exploring Buddhist thought and practice as a living tradition, faithful to its origins and lineage, yet adaptable and alive in each new time and place.



Our mission is to promote individual peace of mind, compassion for all beings, spiritual growth, and an ethical way of life based on Buddhist principles.

Through loving kindness meditation and the development of mindfulness, we strive to enlighten individuals as to the cause of suffering, the path leading to the cessation of suffering, and an understanding of the true nature of our existence.

Fort Bragg
Three Jewels Dhamma Hall

Weekly teaching and meditation. Workshops, books, recordings, and other Theravadan Buddhist resources for the northern California coast.

All are welcome. Cushions, blankets, benches, and chairs provided. Donations appreciated.

Weekly sangha and guided meditation gatherings. Teaching by senior monk from Abhayagiri Monastery in person or through recordings. Meditation guide ordained as lay minister by Abhayagiri Monastery and authorized to teach by Spirit Rock Meditation Center.


Lists Buddhist organizations in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Montana.


El Dhamma Vihara es el monasterio de Buddhismo Theravada México AR (Asociación Religiosa). Fue fundado el 30 de enero de 1999 bajo la guía espiritual del Muy Venerable U Silananda. Se encuentra localizado en un terreno de 9 hectáreas de enorme belleza natural en el Municipio de Jilotepec, a 6 Km. de Coacoatzintla, cerca de Xalapa, la ciudad capital del Estado de Veracruz. Se trata de un lugar rural, boscoso, aislado, con un clima confortable todo el año, ideal para realizar una práctica intensiva de meditación y estudiar las enseñanzas del Buddha.


Citta 101 is a support for sanghas, for sangha leaders and for committed practitioners. Our focus is on all experience as meditation. We understand this fullness of experience to be the most fundamental skill in sharing the Dharma.


Insight Meditation Houston was founded in 1980 by Rodney Smith, who had ordained with Mahasi Sayadaw in Burma and then had practiced for three years with Ajahn Buddhadasa in Thailand. Returning to the West, Rodney worked in hospice care and taught Vipassana meditation throughout the U.S. Since he left Houston in 1983, IMH has continued to meet weekly in the city and to sponsor two or three retreats each year at the Margaret Austin Center, which is located in a tranquil rural setting near Chappell Hill, Texas.


Insight Meditation of Cleveland provides a gathering place for those who wish to practice Insight (or vipassana) meditation. Insight meditation is a simple, direct practice, a moment-to-moment investigation of the mind/body process through calm and focused awareness.

Unity Village

We offer a weekly meditation group and several silent retreats each year facilitated by Robert Brumet. We are here to support your mindfulness practice.


Activities: We welcome anyone interested in the practice of meditation, regardless of religious background or affiliation. We offer daily meditation and frequent dhamma talks and classes.

Traverse City

Traverse City Mindfulness Meditation Group, or sanga, includes people who practice a variety of forms of Buddhist meditation including Vipassana, Shambala and Zen. Some just sit, with no particular identification with a tradition. Many are beginners to the practice, trying it out to see if this is something they feel drawn to. Our intention is to provide a space, and a community, for all who wish to join us and learn together.


Activities: Weekly Vipassana meditation sitting group Thursdays, bi-monthly day longs, beginning and continuing insight meditation classes, and weekend retreats serving Washtenaw and Jackson County.

Ann Arbor

Activities: Friendly, open Sunday morning sitting group, vipassana classes for beginning and continuing meditators. Weekend retreats several times a year, vipassana instruction in the traditional Theravadan tradition. Serving Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County, Michigan, led by teacher Susan Weir.