Our Practice

Buddha and Jesus

Welcome to Insight Nashville. Founded in 2005, Insight Nashville met for six years at All Faith Chapel in Vanderbilt Divinity School, until our numbers outgrew that space. We now enjoy the hospitality and beautiful sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church. Those who come to practice with us come from a variety of traditions: Buddhist Theravada, Zen, and Vajrayana, as well as Christian, Jewish, and other spiritual practices. We are a Buddhist meditation group meeting in a Presbyterian church that is indeed composed of “all faiths.” We come together weekly to study the Buddha’s way of wisdom and compassion. Insight Meditation practices can be used by anyone, whether Buddhist or not.

Our weekly gathering begins with thirty minutes of sitting meditation. The first minutes are guided, followed by shared silence for the rest of the sitting. A dharma talk of thirty to forty minutes then follows. We conclude with a brief loving kindness meditation and dedication of the merit of our practice to the welfare of all beings, to the arising of happiness, and to the ending of suffering.