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Joseph Goldstein

For other people named Joseph Goldstein, see Joseph Goldstein (disambiguation).

Joseph Goldstein (born 1944) is one of the first American vipassana teachers (Fronsdal, 1998), 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
  • 1965: Graduated from Columbia University as a philosophy major
  • 1965: Entered the Peace Corps in Thailand, where he first became interested in Buddhism. After the Peace Corps, he spent most of the next seven years in India studying and practicing Buddhist meditation
  • 1974: He began teaching at Chogyam Trungpa's Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO. He has been leading vipassana and metta retreats worldwide since 1974
  • 1975: Co-founded the IMS [1] in Barre, MA with Jack Kornfield and Sharon Salzberg.
  • 1989: Helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies [2]
  • 1998: Co-founded the IMS Forest Refuge [3] for long-term personal retreats.


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.

Publications (partial list, in chronological order)


Goldstein was honored by the New York Open Center [4] in 1999 for his "outstanding contribution to the mindfulness of the West."



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