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Online Courses in Insight Meditation

Bodhisattva Quan YinThere are numerous opportunities to learn, practice and deepen in Insight Meditation online. The following are online resources by Gaia House teachers or those who teach within the Insight Meditation tradition as practised at Gaia House.

Upcoming and Current Courses

  • Worldwide Insight offers weekly online teachings from Insight Meditation teachers, including teachers from Gaia House. There is a regular Sunday class and a new class that runs on Saturdays, called ‘Healing & Insight’. Both classes meet at 11am Pacific US Time, 2pm Eastern US time, 7pm UK time, 8pm European time, 4am Monday Australia time (AEST), for 90 minutes.
    • See worldwideinsight.org
    • Who it’s for: Suitable for all levels of experience
    • Cost: Participants offer Dana to teachers.
  • Stephen Batchelor will be leading a course entitled ‘The Four Great Tasks: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age’
  • Paul Burrows recently offered an online ten-week course called Everyday Mindfulness which is still available to access:
    • See conscious2.com/everydaymindfulness
    • Who it’s for: Beginners, and those with some experience.
    • Cost: Free for those who are members of Conscious2 (free membership is available)
  • Paul Burrows offered a teaching streamed live recently called ‘The Compassionate Mind’, on how to develop “beautiful, healthy, positive states of mind”. Although the live streaming has already happened, the material is still available.
    • See conscious2.com/compassionatemind
    • Who it’s for: Beginners and experienced practitioners alike.
    • Cost: Free for those who are members of Conscious2 (free membership is available)
  • Barre Center for Buddhist Studies is offering a 12-week online course in 2016 for meditation practitioners to deepen practice by developing a more in-depth relationship to the early Buddhist teachings.
    • See bcbsdharma.org/entering-the-path-program
    • Who it’s for: Students who have completed at least one-week’s silent meditation retreat. No previous experience with sutta studies is required.
    • Cost: $495
  • Shaila Catherine is an Insight Meditation teacher and is offering: ‘Cultivating the Jhana Factors and The Liberating Practice of Metta’.

Ongoing Courses

  • Spirit Rock Meditation Centre near San Fransisco, an Insight Meditation centre, runs a number of online courses.
    • See spiritrock.org/online-events
    • Who it’s for: Courses are designed for beginners and for those with experience.
    • Cost: Registration fee with sliding scales and bursaries for some courses.
  • Awakening Joy is an online course created by James Baraz, an Insight Meditation teacher and co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Centre near San Fransisco.
  • Kittisaro and Thanissara are occasional teachers at Gaia House who were previously monastics in the Theravada tradition. They offer an online course:
    • See dharmagiri.org
    • Who it’s for: Those with some experience of meditation and who “place contemplative practice as central to their life”.
    • Cost: Participants offer Dana.
  • Gregory Kramer is an occasional teacher at Gaia House offering training in ‘Insight Dialogue’.
    • There are online practice opportunities at metta.org/program/online-practice
    • Who it’s for: Both people with experience of Insight Dialogue/Dharma contemplation, and those new to Insight Dialogue.
    • Cost: Participants offer Dana.

General Resources

  • Gaia House teacher Martine Batchelor offers meditation instructions for beginners on Youtube. See our links page.
  • DharmaSeed offers a wealth of recorded Dharma talks from Gaia House teachers and the global network of Insight Meditation teachers.
    • See: dharmaseed.org
    • Who it’s for: Anybody; you can search for talks related to most Dharma topics and also guided meditations.
    • Cost: People accessing the talks are invited to offer Dana.
  • A large collection of early Buddhist texts (suttas) are offered at Access to Insight, with some orientation and indexing that enables searches by various topics.
  • Recorded lectures based on early Buddhist texts by scholar Bhikkhu Analayo.