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

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Dharma Contemplation: Meditating Together with Wisdom Texts

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. Continue reading