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Janet Surrey

Janet Surrey, PhD is an Insight Dialogue Teacher. She teaches Insight Dialogue retreats worldwide and leads a monthly practice group in the Boston area. Jan has been a faculty member of Metta’s Relational Insight Meditation Program and serves on Metta Programs’ Teachers Council.

Jan has studied with a number of Vipassana teachers for over 25 years, and has worked with Gregory Kramer since 2007. Her original teacher was Vimala Thakar, but Jan has also done many retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh and Joanna Macy. In 2008 she completed a two and a half year Community Dharma Leader training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Jan is a practicing clinical psychologist and founding scholar of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She is on the faculty and board of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Jan is dedicated to a lifelong exploration of the power of relationships to create suffering and the power of relationships to liberate and transform suffering.  Jan lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

Events with Janet Surrey

Untangling the Knot at the Heart of Fabricating "Self" and "Other"
September 17, 2018

Understanding suffering and its cessation calls us to investigate the knot-hard tangle of the self. That knot is held tight by thirst, by craving.  When two or more are gathered, great forces are at work and we usually pull the knots tighter. But these forces can also untangle the knot. As mindfulness…

Awakening Together: An Insight Dialogue Retreat
October 4, 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,…

Cultivating Spiritual Friendship: A Day of Insight Dialogue
November 2, 2018

The Buddha called Spiritual Friendship the “whole of the holy life”; and that one who associates with Noble Friends will expect to progress well on the Path of Awakening. Insight Dialogue is a fully engaged, relational co-meditation practice which develops the Factors of Awakening, including sati (mindfulness) and samadhi (concentration)…