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Awakening Together: An Insight Dialogue BIPOC Retreat
Dates: Aug 26, 2022 - Aug 31, 2022
Days: Fri - Wed (5 Nights)

Instructor(s): Tuere Sala, Peace Twesigye

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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.

Experience Level:

This course is suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.

DEI Commitment:

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.

  • Tuere Sala is a Guiding Teacher at Seattle Meditation Society (SIMS). She is a retired prosecuting attorney who has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 25 years and has been a practicing member of SIMS since 2001. She is also the founding teacher of the Capitol Hill Meditation Group.Tuere has a long history of assisting others in establishing and maintaining a daily practice. Her teachings reflect an approach to Dharma that is both easy to follow and understand – making it accessible to everyone.

  • Peace Twesigye is the Program Manager of Buddhist Studies at Union Theological Seminary. Peace assists in designing and overseeing curriculum in Buddhist Studies. Peace organizes and manages public and private conversations and events as part of the Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism at Union Theological Seminary to further expand its public offerings in socially engaged Buddhism. Peace is currently in the Insight Dialogue Teacher Development Cohort led by the Insight Dialogue Community Teachers Council.