A Whole Life Path: Abiding in Stillness, Engaging with Wisdom
With Gregory Kramer, Jill Shepherd, Yuka Nakamura and Ajahn Sucitto
February 29 - March 29, 2020
The retreat is currently full with a short waiting list. We are still taking applications and recommend filling out the registration form soon if you are interested in attending
The 2020 Month-Long Retreat of Integrated Practice of Insight Dialogue and Vipassana
In a whole life path approach to Dhamma, periods committed solely to meditation have a special place. When the body-mind has sufficient time to calm down and become steady and bright, uniquely transformative insight becomes possible. Deep freedom of heart and mind comes from seeing things as they actually are; seclusion and spiritual friendship, together, form a powerful path of awakening. The wisdom teachings of the Buddha come alive in our formal practice and from there move into the entirety of our lives.
The vision for this retreat is to provide an opportunity to cultivate the deep freedom that all the Buddha’s teachings point to. Guided by the Dhamma as it unfolds both internally and relationally, we will interweave extended periods of noble silence, Qi Gong, vipassana practice and Insight Dialogue together in an emergent flow, designed to both deepen our individual practice and strengthen the spiritual friendship that lies at the heart of our community.
The minimum requirement is to have participated in at least:
- two 6-night/7-night Insight Dialogue retreats
- one 7-night Vipassana silent retreat*
- one 10-night Vipassana silent retreat*
*Both Insight/Vipassana and Zen silent retreats qualify for the silent retreat requirements. If you have a question about whether a particular silent retreat meets this requirement, please . More details about retreat requirements here.
All costs are stated in euros. We have set up a tiered-fee structure to support those with more limited means to attend this retreat. The sustaining (actual) cost is €2540 for a double shared room, and €2840 for a single room. Please see “Retreat Cost” for subsidized and supporting rates. Scholarships will also be available to support diversity and inclusion in the ID community. Please see “Scholarship Information” for details.
To register please complete the application form which will collect information about your retreat history, medical information, and psychological health. This is to assess the suitability of this retreat for you. The teachers will carefully look at this and you may be asked some additional questions via a brief interview with Jill Shepherd as part of the application process. More details about the application process here.
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. He has studied with esteemed teachers, including Anagarika Dhammadina, Ven.…
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Jill began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999, and since that time has lived and worked at several meditation centers and monasteries in the US, Australia, England, and Thailand. She recently spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, where she participated in…
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Yuka Nakamura has practiced meditation in different Buddhist traditions since 1993, including Zen, Vipassana and Vajrayana. She has a PhD in Developmental Psychology, and is a certified MBSR teacher. Based in Switzerland, she was trained as a Vipassana teacher by Fred von Allmen and teaches at Beatenberg (Switzerland), Gaia House (UK),…
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Ajahn Sucitto is a British-born Theravada Buddhist monk who was ordained in Thailand in 1976. He returned to England in 1978 to train under Ven. Ajahn Sumedho in the lineage of Thai forest master, Ven. Ajahn Chah. In 1992 he was appointed abbot of Cittaviveka Monastery, the first Buddhist forest monastery established…
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