Accessibility of Insight Dialogue

Gregory Kramer describes how Insight Dialogue is accessible for meditators and non -meditators alike and can serve as a pathway for people to encounter a felt sense of what is like to be with others and be with oneself in awareness and receptivity. Continue reading

Aggregates Series

Gregory offered a dharma talk on the Five Aggregates earlier this year, leading off with a guided meditation on the first aggregate which some practitioners found to be especially beneficial. He has since been asked to expand on that Dhamma talk, and to include a guided meditation for each of the aggregates. There are five … Continue reading

Clinging and the Vicissitudes

In this talk, Mary Burns describes how we can have stability of mind even when changes happen in life and we take it personally, thinking things shouldn’t be as they are. We can guard the sense doors and know how to meet with awareness the worldly dhammas of gain and loss, praise and blame, pleasure and pain, fame and disrepute. When we know it, we can meet it in the way that it is, not in the way we thought it should be. Continue reading

Cultivating Mindfulness in Relationship

While ID is an accessible practice that brings important resources to therapist training and the development of the therapeutic relation- ship, it remains deeply rooted in the larger context of Buddhism. This larger context also has important contributions to make to the practice of therapy. At the simplest level, Buddhism can be considered as a sophisticated psychology, tested over millennia. We give some attention to how this ancient psychology can extend, deepen, and clarify the con- temporary secular and Western understandings of mindfulness.

A clear impression of ID practice will lay the foundation for considering how this new practice can enhance the quality of the therapist–client relationship. Continue reading