What is Insight Meditation?
Insight meditation, or vipassana, is an ancient Buddhist practice for seeing clearly into the nature of our minds and the world around us. Through wise attention and deep self-exploration in meditation we gain insight into the world as it really is, and develop a stable foundation of peace and mental clarity from which we can act in a more skillful, deliberate manner.
Souhegan Insight Meditation is dedicated to teaching meditation in the Insight tradition. We are a supportive community seeking to bring mindfulness into everyday life. We offer simple tools to improve quality of life, calm the mind, and sharpen attention. All are welcome.
Who We Are
Delia Kostner, Ph.D. is the founder and guiding teacher of Souhegan Insight Meditation. She has been a serious student of Buddhism for over 15 years. She completed the year-long Intensive Study and Practice Program at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and has participated in many retreats at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Ma since 2003. Delia is a trained Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and a certified Yoga instructor in the Sivananda tradition. Delia Kostner has been a psychologist in private practice in Amherst, New Hampshire for over 23 years. She completed her post-doctoral, psychoanalytic training at the Pine Psychoanalytic Institute where she served as faculty for nine years. She is currently a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Association and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. She has contributed chapters addressing the confluence of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and Buddhism to two recent edited volumes. She teaches and lectures widely on the interface of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and Buddhist theory and practice.
Judy Seelye is a former nursery school teacher now retired. She has lived in New Hampshire for the past 35 years. Judy is married and has raised three children and four grandchildren. She enjoys walking, quilting, and gardening. She is also a Reiki practitioner of many years, and volunteers at Monadnock Hospital’s Reiki Clinic in Peterborough. She has had a regular daily meditation practice for the past 11 years and has found great value in attending meditation retreats when she can. Meditation has become an integral part of her life, which has clearly helped, off the cushion, in dealing with the stresses and joys of life as they come.
Ult Mundane is a software engineer, African drum teacher, and father of two. Occasionally he can be found on stage as an amateur actor and performance artist. He once spent several years roaming the world, finding himself in exotic locations such as India, Tibet, and Africa. Now he practices integrating the insights of meditation into the challenges of everyday life.