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A Relational Dhamma
Dates: Nov 01, 2022 - Nov 09, 2022
Days: Tue - Wed (8 Nights)

Instructor(s): Gregory Kramer

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Humans are deeply relational creatures. We evolved that way. So the Buddha’s teachings, including meditation and wisdom practices, can attain to a refined fit with our actual lives when understood and practiced interpersonally. This yields a powerful, whole-life path and a liberating understanding of human possibility. When we meditate together, mindfulness, energy, and tranquility are accelerated and amplified; insight follows. When we live the Dhamma together as spiritual friends and as sangha, an integrated Dhamma life, rooted in wisdom, justice, and love, is possible.

For more than two decades, Insight Dialogue practice has been opening doorways into a radical understanding of human relatedness. A relational Dhamma has been emerging from experiences of unconstructed intimacy, not-self-in-relation, and the surprising relational multiplier effect that occurs when two or more people share the intention to cultivate sati and samādhi. This is spiritual friendship at work, just as much as our functioning as each other’s moral exemplars. This vision of Dhamma is present in the early Pāli texts but has been buried by centuries of non-communal, individualistic interpretations and practices. In this retreat, we will recover and live into the potential of this relational Dhamma, replete with sutta understanding, meditative understanding, and intuitive wisdom experience.

Noble Silence: 

This retreat will include silent and Insight Dialogue meditation, and time in nature.

Experience Level: Prerequisite Required

At least two meditation retreats of seven days or more.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

Three spaces will be held for self-identified BIPOC participants until eight weeks before this course begins when they will be released generally. Therefore, we encourage you to join the waitlist even if the course appears full as additional spaces may become available. Please see our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies for more information.

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.

  • Gregory Kramer has been teaching vipassanā since 1980, having been trained by Ven. Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera, Punnaji Maha Thera, Achan Sobin Namto, and Anagarika Dhammadina. He is the co-creator and developer of Insight Dialogue and teaches this practice and Dharma Contemplation worldwide. He is the founder-director of Metta Foundation and the author of Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom. He’s just completed a new book, A Whole Life Path: A Layperson’s Guide to a Dhamma-Infused Life. Formerly a National Endowment for the Arts Composition Fellow and founder of the Electronic Art Ensemble, Gregory still composes and improvises.