Insight Meditation

An In-Depth Course on How to Meditate

Insight Meditation

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Course objectives:

  • Discuss and practice the power of mindfulness and bare attention within meditation and everyday life.
  • Define and discuss the five precepts, the five hindrances, the eight conditions of life, the three kinds of suffering, and the five spiritual powers as taught by the Buddha and explored within Insight Meditation.
  • Integrate an understanding of karma, faith, wisdom, and lovingkindness within meditation practices and everyday life.
  • Practice basic instructions for sitting, walking, and eating meditations.
  • Practice guided meditations related to intentions, feelings, emotions, thoughts and images.
  • Practice guided meditations related to the five hindrances and working with pain, as well as lovingkindness.

Over its 34-year history, the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, has become a spiritual home to thousands and is now among the most respected centers for learning and deepening meditation practice. Based on curriculum first developed at IMS, the Insight Meditation online course invites you to experience one of history’s great contemplative practices as it was taught by the Buddha himself, then passed friend to friend for more than 2,500 years.

This self-paced course was originally presented in a 12-week, intensive online learning program highlighted by live audio-learning sessions with IMS cofounders Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. Our on-demand edition brings you these sessions as they happened, with an additional 17 hours of audio instruction and online workbook material with exercises, articles, and private journaling.

For most of us who have thought about meditation, the challenge has always been, “How do I get started and then keep going?” The Insight Meditation online course offers you the answer as you explore for yourself the Buddha’s path to true freedom one moment at a time. Note: This online course is an adaptation of Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course and includes essentially the same content as the original course.

Course Highlights

  • Immersive study of vipassana (“insight”) meditation—in an eco-friendly format
  • Twenty-three hours of audio teaching sessions with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein
  • Private journal to document your progress and reflect on your meditation experience
  • Twelve guided meditations from basic breathing meditation to metta (“lovingkindness”) meditation and more
  • Personal reminders to keep your practice on track

Course Sessions
Session One: The Power of Mindfulness—Basic Meditation Practice
Session Two: Bare Attention—Expanding the Field of Awareness
Session Three: Desire and Aversion—How to Work with Obstacles
Session Four: Sleepiness, Restlessness, and Doubt—Antidotes to Distraction
Session Five: Concepts and Reality—Working with Perception
Session Six: Suffering—The Four Noble Truths
Session Seven: Delusion—Practicing to See Things as They Are
Session Eight: Karma—The Fruits of Our Intentions
Session Nine: Equanimity—The Power of Perspective
Session Ten: Faith and Wisdom—Deepening Our Practice
Session Eleven: Lovingkindness—The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
Session Twelve: Practice in the World—How Wisdom Grows


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Review for Insight Meditation Review by SILVIA C

Great program. It is really helping me develop my meditation practice. Both teachers are amazing and the depth of their knowledge and understanding shines trough on every session.

(Posted on 5/2/2014)

Review for Insight Meditation Review by fran h

july u r the best ever!I will turn to itunes since i bought over 12 course till now and there is always problems to download them and are so dam expensive!audible sell all soundtrue stuff at half the price,more important:audible have costumer service answering ur emails when u need them!in 60 days i never got 1 replay from this website.sad cos i love the motivations and vision of Tami!
please soundtrue give us costumer care and we will never leave u!x

(Posted on 8/7/2012)

Review for Insight Meditation Review by Don Loristo

Great introduction to Insight Meditation. Sharon and Joseph are excellent teachers.

(Posted on 3/19/2012)

Review for Insight Meditation Review by Jazz Eastman

This wonderful course is incredibly well structured, clear and progressive introduction to insight meditation. leading one from the basic focus on the breath to working with a different facet of the practice in successive weeks. How to work with thoughts, emotions, the classic hindrances, metta and more. It is clear that the reviewers who gave this course 1 or 2 stars have not done it, so my advice is to read the reviews carefully. Whilst it is true there are many wonderful free resources on the web-I have over recent years listened to many hundreds of hours of meditaion and dharma talks- this offering is sooo worth it. One of the best purchases I've made this lifetime.

(Posted on 1/12/2012)

Review for Insight Meditation Review by PuebloDoc

I did in the Insight Meditation Course, not online but in CD form. This course is a gold mine! I have always wanted to have a meditation practice and through this course I finally have one. I live in a remote area where there is no Buddhist temple. I have also heard other people comment that to be able to have such a complete, through and systematic presentation is hard to find. It is not often that a very wise and seasoned instructor starts at the very beginning and takes you step by step through what you need. Finally, I don't know of where else you can get the opportunity to talk on the phone to an instructor. This is not offered in the CD version of the course. There you have more of a letter correspondence. So, that seems like a nice opportunity.

(Posted on 11/22/2011)

Review for Insight Meditation Review by Jose Miqui

Great material with powerful principles to practice. The insturctors Q&A sessions are awesome. I beleve that they are the best teachers in this practive. The online approach is very nice. I found out that chapter six is missing in the PDF document download provided and it is available on the main web page. Also, the MP3 files are very nice. However, the file names uses can cause clutter on your ipad player. It would be nice if they provide an email address to report these issues. I hope that someone will read this feedback and make some improvements.

(Posted on 8/4/2011)

Review for Insight Meditation Review by Peter Efland

I was wondering for a while if I should take this course or not. I have read a number of books on meditation and buddhism over the last 10 years, but never taken an online course, and the price tag concerned me a bit. However, I can't say how impressed I am with this course. Shannon and Josef delivers a very extensive and deep course with hours and hours of quality podcasts on all the essential aspects of meditation practice. This course will give a broad and grounded foundation for any meditation practitioner, and it is well worth the money, even though the price tag might be a bit steep for many. Great course!

(Posted on 11/1/2010)

Review for Insight Meditation Review by Tammy

Thank you for putting this together in one package for the rest of us who realize the true the trade of energy.

(Posted on 7/12/2010)

Review for Insight Meditation Review by Carla

This sounds like a wonderful class but the time of day (night actually) is quite problematic for those of us on the left coast who must get up in the morning and go to work. I hope it will be offered again earlier in the evening.

(Posted on 12/24/2009)


Self-Guided Course

Contents Audio downloads (16 1/2 hours); Video downloads (2 hours); Set of written course materials
Date Published December 05, 2011
Product Code WC02583N

CE Credits

Contents 12 CE credits
Date Published November 22, 2010
Product Code CE02267