There is an African Proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Together, we are stronger and more resilient and can support one another to go a little bit further on the path towards awakening. This retreat is about just that: supporting each other to awaken together. We will integrate the wisdom practice of Insight Dialogue and the heart practices of the “Divine Abodes” (brahmavihāra). Insight Dialogue is vipassana meditation practiced in relationship. It weaves together the meditative qualities of right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration with the wisdom of Dhamma and the voice of another to cultivate connection, inner strength, and deep concentration. The Divine Abodes are the four heart practices of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. When practiced in relationship with concentration, they cultivate our innate capacity to joyfully open the heart to others. Together, we can become aware of the multilayered, co-created moment and learn to stand with equanimity in a tumultuous world.
Noble Silence and Mindful Speech:
Other than reading and contemplating together, the retreat will be held in Noble Silence.
This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.
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 email@example.com.