Insight Meditation Society

Founded in 1975, Insight Meditation Society has become a spiritual home to thousands of meditation practitioners.  It is regarded as one of the western world's most respected centers for learning and deepening meditation practice.  The organization operates two meditation retreat programs - the Retreat Center and the Forest Refuge. Both facilities are set on some 200 secluded wooded acres in the quiet, rural country of central Massachusetts.

IMS is a spiritual refuge for all who seek freedom of mind and heart.  IMS offers meditation retreats rooted in the Theravada Buddhist teachings of ethics, concentration and wisdom. These practices help develop awareness and compassion in ourselves, giving rise to greater peace and happiness in the world.   While the context is the Buddha's teachings, the meditation practices support universal human values.

The Retreat Center started its program of silent meditation courses in 1976. It offers a full yearly schedule of over 25 meditation courses, ranging in duration from a weekend to three months. Most retreats run for 7-9 days.  All Retreat Center courses provide instruction and practice in insight, and/or loving kindness meditations.  In addition, a wide range of retreats are also offered -- a people of color retreat, a course for teens, a young adults retreat, a women's retreat and a course for families.  All are designed to integrate meditation into daily life.  Courses are led by recognized insight meditation teachers from around the world.

The Forest Refuge opened in 2003 as an adjunct program within IMS. Here, experienced meditators can undertake a more independent, less-structured personal retreat, exploring freedom within a supportive environment. The duration of personal retreats ranges from one-week stays to periods of a year or more.

The Global Bridge Foundation has provided financial contributions to the IMS.

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