River Valley Insight Meditation Community

A welcoming Buddhist Sangha in western Massachusetts


We are a local Buddhist community grounded in the insight meditation tradition.

Our mission is to help us all awaken and free ourselves from suffering by being a resource to learn about meditation and Buddhism. We offer a welcoming, inclusive space for practice.

We encourage participation in our community, enabling us to build a caring sangha which supports our members as well as the larger community.

We value all people, and realize that we can learn to examine limiting beliefs, assumptions and prejudices about others, in order to increase harmony. 

We welcome all people and wish to include all races, cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, classes, religions, abilities and ages. We are committed to providing a safe place for all people to explore the dharma and awaken.


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We are now holding indoor practice.  We hold outdoor meditations during the warm weather. 

Our venue is in downtown Northampton at 191 Main St., 3rd Floor.  We are subletting from Pioneer Valley Shambhala.

An elevator is available.  Zoom will be available for those who cannot attend in person. 

Mail: PO Box 1292 Northampton, MA 01061-1292

Email: [email protected]


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Practice of the precepts
I will practice to:
Refrain from harming others, but intend to preserve and protect life.
Refrain from taking what is not given, but respect the property of others.
Refrain from doing harm with sexual energy, but intend to treat others with respect.
Be truthful and careful in speech, intending to create harmony.
Refrain from using substances which cloud the mind, but intend to keep my mind clear and maintain mindfulness.