Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional Buddhist meditation into our interactions with others. Through an attentive weaving of meditative dialogue practice, silent meditation, mindful movement, and time in nature, we will deepen the essential meditative qualities that support inquiry into this shared human experience and touch the possibility of awakening together.
In this year’s retreat, we will investigate the personal as well as societal dimensions of confusion that fuel both our own suffering and suffering in the world. We will include an experiential exploration of how the injustice of our social systems shows up in us, so that we may begin to penetrate the blind spots of our conditioning, notice the experience of privilege and marginalization, and begin to free our hearts from the constrictions and paralysis of inequity and ignorance. Practicing together reveals the incisive moment-by-moment awareness of our fears and biases as well as wholesome intentions. All are held in the compassion of mutual meditation. In our shared silence and dialogue practice we can understand the nature of mind, and cultivate our ability to see things as they actually are. Together, we can discover that our freedom and the freedom of others in our world are inextricably bound up together.
This retreat welcomes both new and seasoned practitioners. It will offer step-by-step instructions in the foundational Insight Dialogue guidelines and lead us towards engaging further contemplations. To support our meditation practice, this retreat will be held in a container of noble silence with time dedicated to meditative dialogue.
Joseph Goldstein on Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom by Gregory Kramer“...breaks new ground in applying the Buddha’s teachings to our lives, relationships, and meditative understandings [...and is] of tremendous benefit to all those seeking freedom in their daily lives.”