Joseph Goldstein

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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 (see publications below), resident guiding teacher at IMS, and leader of retreats worldwide on insight (vipassana) and lovingkindness (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.


  • 1944: Born; grew up in the Catskill mountains of New York
  • 1960's: Graduated from Columbia University as a philosophy major
  • 1965: Entered the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Thailand where he first became interested in Buddhism; he later went on to live for eight years in Asia
  • 1974: Led meditation retreats fashioned after those of S.N. Goenka at Chogyam Trungpa's Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO., where he met Kornfield and Salzberg
  • 1975: Co-founded the IMS[1] in Barre, MA.
  • 1989: Helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies[2]
  • 1998: Co-founded the IMS Forest Refuge[3] for long-term personal retreats.

Buddhist publications

  • The Experience of Insight (1983)
  • Seeking the Heart of Wisdom (1987), with Jack Kornfield
  • Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom (1994)
  • Path of Insight Meditation (1995), with Jack Kornfield
  • Insight Meditation: A Step-By-Step Course on How to Meditate (2002), with Sharon Salzburg [Sounds True]
  • One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism (2002)
  • A Heart Full of Peace (2007)
  • See also: Joseph Goldstein quotes