Joseph Goldstein

Year of birth : 1944
Teacher/Guru : Anagarika Sri Munindra, Sri S.N. Goenka, Mrs. Nani Bala Barua (Dipa Ma), the Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche,
Education : Columbia University Philosophy Major
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“ As meditation progresses, the breath can become more and more of a teacher to us, demonstrating the laws of impermanence, of arising and passing. ”

“ It feels to me like we're in such a privileged time in terms of the availability of the dharma and the availability of practice. We never know when conditions might change. ”

“ On the deepest level, problems such as war and starvation are not solved by economics and politics alone. Their source is prejudice and fear in the human heart - and their solution also lies in the human heart. ”

Books by the Master

" Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening " ... " Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: The Path of Insight Meditation (Shambhala Classics) " ... " The Experience of Insight: Simple and Direct Guide to Buddhist Meditation (Shambala dragon editions) " ... " Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom (Shambhala Classics) " ... " A Heart Full of Peace " ... " One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism " ... " The Best Interests of the Child: The Least Detrimental Alternative " ... " 7 Treasures of Awakening: The Benefits of Mindfulness "


Joseph Goldstein (born 1944) is one of the first American vipassana teachers, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) with Jack Kornfield and Sharon Salzberg, contemporary author of numerous popular books on Buddhism, resident guiding teacher at IMS, and leader of retreats worldwide on insight (vipassana) and loving kindness (metta) meditation.

While the majority of Goldstein's publications introduce Westerners to primarily Theravada concepts, practices and values, his 2002 work, "One Dharma", explored the creation of an integrated framework for the Theravada, Tibetan and Zen traditions.

Since 1967, Goldstein has practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under well-known teachers from India, Burma and Tibet. His teachers include: Anagarika Sri Munindra, Sri S.N. Goenka, Mrs. Nani Bala Barua (Dipa Ma), the Venerable Sayadaw U Pandita, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche.

Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and loving kindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the organization's guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students of insight meditation, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.

Joseph first became interested in Buddhism as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in 1965. He is the author of A Heart Full of Peace, One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism, Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom, The Experience of Insight, and co-author of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course.