Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice. It brings the mindfulness and tranquility of silent meditation directly into our experience with other people. As humans, we are relational beings; as we begin to wake up, clarity and freedom can illuminate our relationships with others.
Insight Dialogue draws from traditional Buddhist wisdom, but it is not a Buddhist practice in the religious sense. There is nothing about the practice that would preclude people of any faith or belief system from participating. In Insight Dialogue we come face-to-face with core human experiences.
Insight Dialogue is based on the Four Noble Truths. The first Noble Truth is that suffering is woven into this conditioned life. Suffering has biological and personal components, but it also has interpersonal ones: separation from people you love, being with people who irritate you, unsatisfied longings. Interpersonal suffering is an important aspect of all suffering. The hungers for pleasure in relationships, to be seen or admired by others, and to hide or escape—these are all causes of suffering, which then are sustained by confusion and habit.
Release from interpersonal suffering is possible. We can practice letting go of interpersonal entanglements in the same way we got entangled—interpersonally. Insight Dialogue provides a way to do that: an interpersonal form of practice.
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