Vipassana and Mindfulness Meditation Resources

Meditation  and Mindfulness Groups

Palm Springs Area
Meditation in Recovery Michael’s House extends a special weekly invitation to everyone in recovery who desires to explore mindfulness and meditation as a support for their recovery path. Anyone in recovery from addictions, compulsions, trauma, mental illness, or who has a loved one struggling with these issues is welcome. For more information please e-mail

Mindful Way operated by Beth Mulligan and Hugh O'Neill, offers courses in Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction (MBSR) in the Coachella Valley.

Desert Meditation Group facilitated by Ian Challis meets every Monday evening from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm. at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert, Rancho Mirage.

Southern California
InsightLA (Santa Monica)
Against the Stream (Multiple LA locations)
The Insight Center (West LA) 

Northern California
Spirit Rock Meditation Center (San Rafael, CA) 
Insight Meditation Center (Redwood City, CA) 

East Bay Meditation Center  (Oakland, CA)
San Francisco Insight 

Insight Meditation Society (Barre, Mass.) 

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (Barre, Mass.) 


El Dharma (Todos Santos, Baja) Led by Robert Hall

Retreat Centers

Spirit Rock Meditation Center (San Rafael, CA)
Insight Meditation Society and Forest Refuge (Barre, MA)

Cloud Mountain Retreat Center (Washington State)
Gaia House
(Devon, England) 

A Brief Theravada (Vipassana) Buddhism Reading List

Analayo. Satipatthana: the direct path to realization.

Boorstein, Sylvia. It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness
--------. Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat
--------. Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness
--------. Happiness Is an Inside Job.

Brach, Tara. Radical Acceptance.
--------.True Refuge

Goldstein, Joseph. The Experience of Insight.
--------. Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom

Kornfield, Jack. A Path with Heart.
--------. The Wise Heart

Salzberg, Sharon. Lovingkindness.
--------. Faith.

Weisman, Arinna and Jean Smith. The Beginner's Guide to Insight Meditation.
Wisdom Publications, 2010.

The Buddha’s own words:

(Tr.) Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi.  The Middle Length Discourses of the
Buddha (Majjhima Nikaya).  Boston: Wisdom, 1995

(Tr.) Fronsdal, Gil. The Dhammapada.

Dharma audio, online publications and online study materials

Dharma Seed features a large catalog of tapes and CDs of dharma talks by vipassana teachers

AudioDharma is an archive of Dharma talks given by Gil Fronsdal, Andrea Fella and guest speakers at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA. (Note: there are four talk by ICD's Larry Yang available).

Access to Insight  has an extensive listing of books, articles, readings and FAQs on Theravada Buddhism, including more than a thousand Sutta translations from the Pali canon.

Pariyatti an online Theravada “learning center,” including instruction in Pali.

Abhayagiri Monastery in Northern California features audio and writings by Venerables Ajahn Amaro, Ajahn Passano, and others.

Bodhi Monastery features audio and written study materials by the Venerable Bikkhu Bodhi at the Bodhi Monastery in Sussex County, New Jersey.

Amaravati Monastery has audio and downloadable books from Venerables Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Amaro, Ajahn Sucitto and others.

Forest Sangha Publications is dedicated to the free distribution of teachings in the Theravada Buddhist tradition of Venerable Ajahn Chah features talks and writings of Thanissaro Bhikku, abbot of Metta Forest Monastery in Southern California.

Dharma Publications
Some of these sites have audio and video teachings available online.


Inquiring Mind


Shambala Sun

Wisdom Publications
of the Desert