accesstoinsight.org – a treasure trove of writings and teachings of monastics on the Buddha’s suttas and translations of the suttas.
forestsangha.org – The Forest Sangha site functions as a portal page for the monastic communities of disciples of the Venerable Ajahn Chah, particularly in the West. It links to various Forest Tradition sites and practice resources, talks and writings.
Insight Meditation Society
IMS is one of the Western world’s oldest and most-respected meditation retreat centers. Situated on 400 wooded acres in the countryside of central Massachusetts, its two adjacent facilities–the Retreat Center and the Forest Refuge–are dedicated to providing a spiritual refuge for all who seek freedom of mind and heart. IMS’s experienced teachers offer guidance primarily in Buddhist meditations known as vipassana (insight) and metta (lovingkindness).
Light of the Dhamma
Light of the Dhamma hosts a weekly sitting group and sponsors retreats. See their website for details and contact information.
One Earth Sangha
One Earth Sangha has been instrumental in the emergence of a Buddhist response to climate change. The group provides a hub for information, connection and organizing for Buddhist practitioners and sanghas that are passionately concerned about the environment. It is recognized as a primary source of eco-dharma — the application of Buddhist teachings to our current ecological crisis. One Earth Sangha is supported by a guiding council of prominent Western Buddhist teachers and leaders. The group offers online eco-sattva training every fall (with 1,000 participants and 50 sanghas registered in the fall of 2016), as well as resources, news, links to other groups and sanghas, and an electronic newsletter.
The word “Sakyadhita” translates as “Daughters of the Buddha.” Sakyadhita International is an International Association of Buddhist Women formed in 1987. Its primary purpose is to promote world peace through the practice of the Buddha’s teaching. Sakyadhita International is an alliance of women and men whose goal it is to empower the world’s 300 million Buddhist women to work for peace and social justice and to advance their spiritual and secular life.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
After germinating informally for 11 years, in 1985 members of several Bay Area sitting groups incorporated Insight Meditation West for the purpose of acquiring land and establishing a West Coast Insight Meditation Center. The name Spirit Rock Meditation Center was formally adopted in 1988, when title was taken on 411 acres of serene oak woodlands in the secluded hills of West Marin County, California. After more than 30 years, with the generous help and financial support of over 10,000 people, Spirit Rock has evolved into an enduring dharma retreat, practice, community and study center rooted in the Buddhist tradition and flowering in western form. The teachings of the Buddha (Dharma) and the practices of Insight Meditation (Vipassana) and loving-kindness meditation (metta) are at the heart of all the programs offered at Spirit Rock.