Dependent Origination Series

This is a six video series of Insight Dialogue-based teachings Gregory Kramer offered to Metta Programs‘ guiding sangha, staff, and core volunteers on dependent origination (paticca samuppāda) understood in a relational context. Some audiences may find this material to be more engaging if they familiarize themselves with the 12 links of dependent origination and their […]

Dharma Contemplation: Soaking ourselves in the words of the Buddha

Dharma Contemplation: Soaking ourselves in the words of the Buddha   Written by Gregory Kramer   As interest in Buddhist teachings becomes more mainstream, many people are beginning to feel a yearning for encounters with the Dhamma that are as close as possible to the source, possibly less colored by contemporary interpretations or emphases. While […]

Dharma Contemplation: Meditating Together with Wisdom Texts

Dharma Contemplation is both a reading practice and a meditation practice. As a reading practice, it brings the discipline and techniques of meditation to the task of understanding a text and embracing the wisdom it offers. As a meditation practice, it takes the process of reading as the object of contemplation for the heart-mind. Both the words and the wisdom to which they point help focus the mind, supporting calm awareness and the recognition and release of reactions. Dharma Contemplation cultivates intimacy with the text and with moment-to-moment experience.

Four Doorways to Speaking and Listening

In this talk, Gregory Kramer describes how to bring listening and speaking into meditation while maintaining the integrity of practice. The four doorways of listening and speaking are: 1) mindful versus habitual speech; 2) relationship; 2) psychotherapy; and, 4) the meditative. Speech comes from and the development of a capacity for the auditory system to perceive. Through the enlightenment factors and the capacity to reside in loving kindness receptivity, meditators share the intimacy of the moment. Recorded in Kansas City, Missouri in May 2011.

Giving Attention- Sources Happiness & Freedom

Exploration of causes and conditions that both hamper and support deep seeing. Includes discussion of how our consumer society fosters desire and unskillful behavior. Touches on the value of retreat in supporting ease which nurtures deep seeing while also acknowledging that deepening practice is a whole life practice. Offered July 27, 2019 in North Carolina, United States.

Gratification, Danger and Escape

This series of teachings were offered by Gregory Kramer at an Insight Dialogue Retreat held in Barre, Massachusetts in October, 2015. The theme of this retreat is the Buddhist teachings on Gratification, Danger and Escape. These teachings were offered in person to retreatants. They have been collected and annotated to facilitate their use for study […]

Guided Metta Meditation

This meditation guides us through the expansiveness of metta starting from the self and then moving in all directions to all beings, humbling receiving loving kindness.

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