Through Insight Dialogue (ID), Vipassana teacher Gregory Kramer has brought together essential teachings of Buddhadharma and a contemplative relational practice for their investigation. Sitting with another or others, held by meditative and ethical guidelines, ennobles and expands the practice and the practitioners.
This day-long retreat will be an introduction to Insight Dialogue for new ID practitioners, and an opportunity to grow and deepen practice for experienced ones. Six meditation instructions or guidelines -- pause, relax, open, attune to emergence, listen deeply and speak the truth -- form the core of ID co-meditative practice. The guidelines help establish and sustain the meditative qualities of the heart/ mind and support a direct relational inquiry into this human experience.
In this retreat we will practice ID to turn toward the realities of our social conditioning. Dharma contemplations of the Hindrances, internal and external, through work in dyads and small groups, will deepen our embodied awareness. This practice can open our hearts and provide a mindful container for dialogue across social identities, and expand our capacity for liberatory awareness, compassionate engagement and wise action.
Note: Lunch will not be provided. Participants are invited to bring their own vegetarian meal to the Center or may buy lunch in the neighborhood. A list of local restaurants and food stores will be available.
Gregory Kramer is the Founding Teacher of Metta Programs and has been teaching Insight Meditation since 1980. He developed the practice of Insight Dialogue and has been teaching it since 1995, offering retreats in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Gregory is the author of: Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom, Seeding the Heart: Practicing Lovingkindness with Children, Meditating Together, Speaking from Silence: The Practice of Insight Dialogue, and Dharma Contemplation: Meditating Together with Wisdom Texts.