Awakening Together: An Insight Dialogue Retreat
With Gregory Kramer and Janet Surrey
October 5 - 8, 2018
Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings together meditative awareness (e.g., mindfulness, concentration), the wisdom teachings of the Buddha and the power of relationship to support insight into the nature, causes, and release of human suffering. This residential retreat will introduce the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue (Pause, Relax, Open, Attune to Emergence, Listen Deeply, Speak the Truth) and offer an opportunity to explore the possibilities of a fully engaged co-meditation practice, including speaking and listening. While this formal practice is taught on the cushion, it has the power to transform the whole of our relational lives- cultivating relationships grounded in wisdom and compassion.
During this retreat, we will explore the topic of the Four Noble Truths, taught by the Buddha in his first sermon. Through mindful dialogue, we serve as each other’s reminder to awaken to the mind’s great potential for awareness and release, suffering and the end of suffering. To the extent in which we awaken to this experience, insight, clarity, ease, compassion and joy flow into our relationship with others and we come to know a profound spiritual friendship.
If you are interested in exploring how meditation can be enacted in voice, deep listening and connectedness, this retreat is for you. Through an attentive weaving of meditative dialogue practice, Dharma contemplation on the Four Noble Truths, 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.