Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder 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. Since 1967 he has studied and practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma and Tibet.

He is the author of:


Joseph Goldstein’s Mindfulness Meditations

Joseph Goldstein talks about “Mudita” as the life in the happiness of others; building joy if you will. To be delighted in the happiness of others and continue to increase it.

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Joseph Goldstein leads a guided meditation on Metta. Metta is the feeling of kindliness, loving-kindness, and heartfelt. Of friendliness and goodwill.

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Joseph Goldstein talks about The Art of Renunciation. Renunciation, goodwill, and compassion; these liberate you from afflictions of sense desires.

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Joseph Goldstein gives his guidance to Morning Reflection. Let go of the past, let go of the future and let go of the present. 3 instructions to come to deepest realization.

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Joseph Goldstein talks about Mindfulness of Knowing. To gain mindfulness of knowing,1st is becoming mindful of the breath in the normal sea of the mind.

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Joseph Goldstein talks about Mood & Emotions. Moods are very different from emotions. Emotions are something that arises from experiences and is stronger.

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Joseph Goldstein talks about Feeling Free and the 4th noble truth. The 4th noble truth is the way of practice leading to the end of suffering.

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Joseph Goldstein talks about Metta – Not Clinging. When the mind is not clinging, it’s not agitated, and eventually, it attains Nirvana.

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Joseph Goldstein leads a guided Meditation- Meditation Instructions. Notice the breath. Know the breath. Feel it, being relaxed, and simply be aware.

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Joseph Goldstein holds a Q&A session about the 5 hindrances. The 5 hindrances are sensory desire, ill will, sloth, restlessness, and doubt.

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Joseph Goldstein leads a Guided Meditation to mindfulness. Feel relaxed and aware at the same time, breathing in and out, knowing and paying attention.

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Joseph Goldstein talks about Right Speech. Right thoughts and understanding is the 3rd of the 8-fold path to awakening. It tends to yield right speech.

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Whatever the mind thinks about something fondly, it becomes the mind’s inclination. Joseph Goldstein talks about The Kind Heart. Cultivate loving kindness.

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Joseph Goldstein talks about Working With Fear. Fear of change, unknown or death, it’s possible to relax at the edge. Look at fear, then look at the nature of fear itself.

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