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.

Current and Ongoing Courses

  • Jake Dartington offers an online course giving you an overview of Insight Meditation and the Buddha’s teaching of the Four Noble Truths. For each week there is a video introducing the theme, notes that highlight key teachings, and an audio meditation for you to practice daily.
  • Paul Burrows offered an online ten-week course called Everyday Mindfulness which is still available to access:
  • 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.
  • Stephen Batchelor, Christina Feldman, John Peacock, Akincano Weber  offer “The four Noble Truths”, a 6-part course focusing on the tenets that form the bedrock of the Budhist worldview. You can study at your own pace and during the course you will explore these questions: Where does suffering come from? What is it that makes us happy? How can we live ethically in a way that supports personal and collective well-being.
  • Worldwide Insight is a Dharma practice group that you can join from anywhere in the world. Each Sunday renowned Insight Meditation teachers offer meditation instruction, teachings, and live Q&A on video. The class meet at 11am Pacific US Time, 2pm Eastern US time, 7pm UK time, 8pm European time, 4am Monday Australia time (AEST), for 90 minutes.
  • Next Step Dharma offers a six-week online course specifically designed for integrating practice into everyday life after a retreat (or if you haven’t sat a retreat).
    • See www.nextstepdharma.org
    • Who it’s for: Anyone interested in bringing practice to life.
    • Cost: Sliding scale, $189/$149/$129/$99/Dana (donation)
  • Barre Center for Buddhist Studies is developing a number of online courses.
  • Shaila Catherine is an Insight Meditation teacher and is offering a number of online 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 ‘Insight Dialogue’ practice and dharma talks.
    • 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
  • Bhikkhu Analayo. E-learning course, with lectures based on early Buddhist texts. Audio files of the lectures can be audited or downloaded as mp3 files, together with the respective lectures notes as pdfs.