At its core, Miami Insight is a group that looks to the Buddha’s teachings (Dharma) to cultivate insight, love and wisdom on the path to awakening. The group's emphasis is on Insight Meditation (Vipassana) but also has strong influences from Zen Buddhism, Concentration practices of the Four Brahma-viharas (Lovingkindness - Metta, Equanimity-Upekkha, Sympathetic Joy-Mudita and Compassion-Karuna). Secular meditators are integral participants as well. There are two meetings per week (online) which include a Thursday at 8pm meditation group, with Juan and Corey, that meditates for 30-45 minutes and discusses Joseph Goldstein’s book “Mindfulness,” or Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa and other readings. On Sunday, at 8am, Corey begins by listening to a meditation talk or read a chapter from Joseph Goldstein’s “Mindfulness,” which is his experiential interpretation of the Buddha’s Path to Enlightenment, also called the Satipatthana Sutta. We then meditate for 45 minutes in silence. We hope to return one day to Alice Wainwright Park where we sit between trees and next to water. Whether you are looking to begin a meditation practice or seek to deepen your understanding of Dharma teachings, Miami Insight is here to support you. Our gatherings are a place where all ages, nationalities, cultures, languages, ethnicities, sexual orientation, and spiritual backgrounds are welcome.
The facilitators are individuals from Miami and California who have studied with Western teachers as well as senior teachers in Asia. The leaders of Miami Insight have all attended retreats at centers such as Insight Meditation Society (IMS), Spirit Rock, Gainesville Vipassana Society and in Asia for extended periods of time. We are influenced by many Western teachers such as Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield and more teachers who have studied in the Theravada Buddhist tradition of South East and South Asia. What we practice derives from different Theravada lineages of practice including those of Mahasi Sayadaw, and Ajahn Chah. Juan has extensive practice in residential settings including monastic practice at San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. We also welcome secular approaches or other spiritual and cultural approaches that help round out our group’s practice and discussion.
Miami Insight began by meeting in parks and at a facilitator’s communal home space. Miami Insight is an entirely volunteer-run group with a deep commitment creating a space where everyone is welcome.
In Pali, the word Dana means, the practice of cultivating generosity. We rarely state this and are beginning to try to practice speaking about Dana more as the group grows. Any donation would be for the benefit of the group to have speakers, reserve a practice space, and pay minor administrative fees. If you feel compelled to donate during a talk or gathering, please do so. We’ll put a basket out and you may offer something if you feel called to do so. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Online donations through Paypal and Venmo are welcome- please discuss with group facilitators for details.