Insight Dialogue: Cultivating useful goodness for challenging times
With Mary Burns and Anita Bermont
April 17 - 20, 2020
In this Insight Dialogue retreat, we will investigate some of the personal, interpersonal, and social dimensions contributing to our own suffering and the suffering in the world. In this guided investigation we will develop both silent and dialogue practice by drawing upon the teachings called the Brahma Viharas or Divine Abodes. These are the powerful and wholesome mind states of goodwill, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. Sharing these core teachings while meditating with another invites us to experience the teachings directly and immediately, while also building resilience for our lives beyond retreat.
To support our investigation, we will practice with the 6 Insight Dialogue Guidelines: pause, relax, open, attune to emergence, listen deeply, speak the truth. The guidelines, each one a meditation instruction, support our silent practice and extend into our dialogue practice while we are sitting together face to face, sometimes in pairs and sometimes in larger groups, speaking and listening to each other. Skillful use of the Insight Dialogue guidelines can transform conversation into meditative dialogue.
Throughout this retreat we wish to weave experiences with silent meditation, meditative dialogue, and time to care for the body or time in nature. We will offer the opportunity to cultivate and integrate these ageless teachings and experiences by supporting our retreat with noble silence except for the specific formal dialogue practices in our meditation hall.
Mary wrote an article called “Reflections on the Benefits of Insight Dialogue” for Mid America Dharma.
Mary Burns teaches Insight Dialogue internationally and also offers the practice online. She engages actively in the Insight Dialogue Community by participating in the Teachers Council, Guiding Sangha, Insight Dialogue Beloved Community cohort and by mentoring facilitators and teachers in development. For more than three decades she has been drawn…
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Anita Bermont guides Insight Dialogue practice both online and in-person. When first encountering Insight Dialogue in the mid-90’s, the practice spoke immediately and strongly to her heart. With this recognition came a deep commitment to participating in the first face-to-face practice group. As the years have gone by, her commitment…
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