Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the resident guiding teachers. He is the author of several books, including One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism.

Recent Articles

Joseph Goldstein. Photo by Stephanie Zollshan.

Joseph Goldstein: It’s Not Either-Or

In this conversation with Buddhadharma, the Insight Meditation Society cofounder applies the “harmonized understanding” approach championed in his book One Dharma to the idea of buddhanature. In the end, it’s not about who’s right or wrong about it. It’s about what leads us to less clinging.

Buddha shakyamuni sculpture sitting in meditation.

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: A Direct Path to Liberation

Insight Meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein examines a key teaching from the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha’s discourse on the four foundations of mindfulness, which he called the direct path to liberation.

The Nature of Fear

In this classic piece from the Lion's Roar archives, Joseph Goldstein explores the different types of fear, and how we can sit with fear and hold onto it in our practice.  

Key Terms of Shin Buddhism

From the archives of Buddhadharma, the late scholar and translator Taitetsu Unno defines several key terms of Shin Buddhism.

What is Jodo Shinshu?

The path is easy, it is said of Shin Buddhism, "but few are those who take it." The late Taitetsu Unno explores the history of Jodo Shinshu and its core practice of reciting the Name of Amida Buddha.


Three Means to Peace: Mindfulness, Compassion, and Wisdom

Joseph Goldstein on how three principles of meditation can be applied to the world's conflicts.

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What Makes Us Free?

Insight. Loving-kindness. Cultivating what’s wholesome. And making them real in our lives every day. These are what make us free, say Insight Meditation teachers Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein, in a conversation at California’s Spirit Rock Meditation Center, moderated by Michelle Latvala.

Here, Now, Aware: The Power of Mindfulness

It’s the essence of the contemplative path and the key to transforming our lives. Insight Meditation teacher Joseph Goldstein describes this simple yet profound expression of our mind’s natural awareness.