Due to the closing of our meeting space we’ve moved our meeting online. We still sit together every Monday using Zoom. You can join us by clicking HERE at the scheduled time. We’re joining at 6:45pm and begininning our sit at 7:00pm as usual.

If you’re new to Zoom here’s some helpful guidance.
To participate you can simply click the link above at the time of the meeting and follow the simple prompts. Allow a few extra minutes the first time. One of the first prompts will be to install the Zoom app onto your devide. Zoom is a trusted and secure application that is widely used. It is being updated regularly to keep it secure. Once you have the application installed signing in to future meetings will take even less time.

Zoom can be used on smart phones, tablets and computers. It is available for Windows, Mac, Apple IOS and Android. Simply visit https://zoom.us on the device you plan to use and install the application.

New to Zoom? It is best to join via computer. If you have never used Zoom before, please view the following video about how to download the software and join the meeting:  https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ

Downloading Zoom software to your computer usually only takes a few minutes, but it would be best to open the meeting links early so that any unanticipated problems can be solved.​

Zoom has also created a “test meeting” site so you can get used to the platform. Here’s the YouTube link for a helpful “How To”.

Tablet or Smart Phone Users: If you do not have access to a computer, you can join and participate over your smart phone or tablet. To use smart devices, you will first need to download the free app Zoom Cloud Meetings on the device you will be using.

Notice of closure

“Following the guidance of public health officials and the example of our wise teachers, in hopes of supporting the community and avoiding the harm of contributing to the spread of the novel coronavirus, the boards of Lotus Light Center and Losel Shedrup Ling Center have decided that it is best for Lotus Light to close to in person meetings beginning today for at least two weeks. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and take measures to safely re-open as soon as possible.”Lotus Light Center

This group is open to practitioners of all levels. No experience needed; all ages are always welcome. We welcome diversity. Our meeting place is wheelchair accessible, and chairs and cushions are provided.

Knoxville Insight Meditation Sangha gives you a place to:

  • Practice meditation in a supportive group setting.
  • Learn more about different meditation techniques, such as Calm-Abiding (Samatha) and Insight or Mindfulness meditation, often called Vipassana.
  • Deepen your own meditation practice.
  • Learn how to respond more skillfully to the stresses, disappointments, and losses that that naturally arise in life.
  • Reduce the suffering that we all inadvertently cause ourselves and others.
  • Meet other people who are deeply committed to making their lives and this world a better place.

General Information:

When: We meet every Monday night 7:00–8:30 p.m.

Where: We meet at 501 Arthur Street in Knoxville, next to the fire station.

What happens on Monday Nights:

We begin with 40-45 minutes of guided meditation starting promptly at 7:00 PM (please see The space). The guided meditation is offered by a member of the group from a rotation of volunteers, bringing a variety of styles and techniques. While each “leader” has their own approach, the group typically follows traditional Samatha and Vipassana guidance. As we say, “Each week’s dish may be different but we’re all cooking from the same spice rack.”

Short break to stretch or use the restroom. We maintain noble silence during this period.

Go ‘Round:  This is a chance for each person to share their name and if you like, a little bit about your practice or something important to you.  There is no obligation to share, but we do ask that you at least let us know your first name. During this period we ask that each person practices “Right Speech.” By that we mean that you speak the truth and that you ensure your words are not intended to cause harm. We also practice “Right Listening” by listening attentively to those speaking.  This is not a time for cross-talk or discussion.

Announcements: We have a brief period for any group announcements.

Closing Metta: Loving kindness meditation and dedication of merit. Each meditation session closes with a wish for the well-being of all sentient beings.