The insight that can arise from exploring the three characteristics of impermanence, suffering (dukkha), and not-self is a powerful way to free the heart-mind from clinging. It can be challenging for us to engage with this teaching in an embodied way, to bring it out of the conceptual and into the experiential realm. With Insight Dialogue, we have an opportunity to experience and give voice to these characteristics in meditation with a partner.
In our time together, we will:
- investigate how being present to impermanence in both its obvious and subtle manifestations can ground our understanding in direct experience
- attend to the felt experience of the rising and falling of discontent (dukkha), to strengthen our awareness of how resistance and avoidance tend to deepen our suffering
- become familiar with the process of the “self” coming into being and fading and how this recognition supports freedom from the suffering of identification.
When we come to know impermanence, dukkha, and not-self as our own felt experience our capacity to be with things as they are is strengthened. This leads to a greater sense of ease and freedom in our lives, as well as a deepening of compassion for ourselves and each other.
This program is open to those with previous experience in Insight Dialogue as well as those new to this practice.
This program includes dedicated periods of both wise speech and noble silence. Some contemplative exercises may involve mindful speaking and listening. Noble silence is to be upheld at all other times.
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.
This policy applies to all residential programs, including Paths. If you need to cancel your registration, please contact us as soon as possible. Please note cancellation fees are at most $50 for those receiving financial assistance. As of 2023, 100% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than two weeks before the program start date and there is a $50 cancellation fee if you cancel two weeks or more in advance. Beginning in 2024, prior to six weeks before the program start date, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs more than two nights and $25 for programs two nights or less. 50% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel between two and six weeks of the program start date. 100% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than two weeks before the program start date.
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