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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

  • Stephen Batchelor offers an online course presenting the “four noble truths” as four great tasks to be practised in each life situation. Stephen will lay out the foundations of a contemporary culture of awakening that is no longer rooted in the traditional beliefs of the Buddhist religion. The course will include one interactive session, four recorded modules and also four recorded interactive sessions from a previous live course. Join Stephen Live – Sunday 13 May, 2018 9am PDT, 12pm EDT, 5pm UK, 6pm EU for 60 minutes interactive session.
  • 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)
  • Paul Burrows recently 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.
  • 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.

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.
    • See: accesstoinsight.org
    • Who it’s for: People with an interest in the early Buddhist texts.
    • Cost: Free
  • Recorded lectures based on early Buddhist texts by scholar Bhikkhu Analayo.