Date & Time Details: Dates: April 18, 2020 - May 4, 2020

Location: Barre Center for Buddhist Studies

Address: 149 Lockwood Road Barre, Massachusetts 01005 (978) 355-2347 ext. 10

Joy on the Path: An Insight Dialogue Retreat

With Sharon Beckman-Brindley and Nicola Redfern

April 28 - May 4, 2020

This retreat will be an experiential inquiry into the Seven Factors of Awakening, with a particular focus on the importance of joy, both as a fruit of practice and as an essential element of the path itself. Buddhist teachings often emphasize inquiry into suffering, hunger, clinging and relinquishment, which can appear rather austere. During this retreat we will also explore the true place of happiness and joy on our path of awakening, investigating together the internal conditions that block our deepest happiness as well as those conditions that allow for the emergence of a joyful tranquility and release not dependent on outer circumstances. We will come together to practice silent meditation as well as Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal meditation practice that brings together mindfulness and 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 retreat welcomes both beginners and longtime Insight Dialogue practitioners.

There is a prerequisite of having sat one week long silent meditation retreat in order to enroll in this retreat.

Learning objectives

1) To learn and practice guidelines for increasing meditative awareness in relationship

2) To support the cultivation of continuous meditation practice throughout the various activities of the day.

3) To gain an experiential sense of the seven awakening factors and how they build upon one another.

4) To deepen an experience of joy on our path of practice.


Sharon Beckman-Brindley
Sharon Beckman-Brindley, Ph.D., is an Insight Dialogue Teacher who has taught Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide. She also is a co-founder and senior teacher of the Insight Meditation Community in Charlottesville, VA. A clinical psychologist with over 30 years of both meditation experience and practice as a psychotherapist, she has a special…
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Nicola Redfern
Nicola Redfern has an extensive background in both Zen and Vipassana meditation. She has been trained to teach Insight Dialogue by founding teacher Gregory Kramer. With a strong belief that awakening is not simply a solo endeavor, Nicola is particularly interested in getting meditation off the cushion and fully integrated…
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