Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder (with Sharon Salzberg and Jack Kornfield) of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, one of the most well-known and respected meditation centers in the West. In 1989, he helped establish the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies.
Joseph first became interested in Buddhism as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand in 1965. Since 1967 he has studied and practiced different forms of Buddhist meditation under eminent teachers from India, Burma, and Tibet.
He is the author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening; A Heart Full of Peace; One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism; Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom; The Experience of Insight; and coauthor of Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course.