A Whole Life Path: Abiding in Stillness, Engaging with Wisdom
With Gregory Kramer and Jill Shepherd
February 29 - March 29, 2020
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.
This first ever month-long Insight Dialogue and Vipassana retreat will begin with a week of Insight Dialogue practice, gradually transitioning into two weeks of immersion in silence. The final week of the retreat will then taper back into relational practice to deepen any insights, allow new ones, and provide a supportive transition from retreat life to daily life. This retreat seeks to tap the synergetic effect of combined individual and interpersonal meditation. The middle two weeks of silent practice will be supported by morning instruction sessions and evening dharma talks. Individual meetings with the teachers will be available throughout the retreat and scheduled regularly during the period committed to silent practice.
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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