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Six Tenets of a Whole Life Path
Dates: Oct 11, 2019 - Oct 20, 2019
Days: Fri - Sun (9 Nights)

Instructor(s): Gregory Kramer

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The Buddha provided extensive and specific guidance for monastics as to how to live a life inclined towards awakening. Ethics were meticulously spelled out; how to engage with the requisites of food, lodging, robes and medicine was made clear; and community life that supported wisdom, generosity and compassion was variously described and inspired. The monastic life evolved to successfully carry the Buddhadhamma forward while providing conditions for the development in sangha members of meditative qualities and liberating wisdom. For laypeople, and westerners lacking a Buddhist cultural context, the guidance for a life fully rested in the Noble Eightfold Path is thin and spotty. During this retreat, with the support of Insight Dialogue and silent meditation, we will explore six tenets that will help us to craft a whole life path that is fully rooted in early Buddhist teachings and that suits our character and circumstances. This retreat will empower us to touch the suttas as living teachings and to participate in a community of awakening.

Learning Intentions:

To experientially engage the six tenets of a whole life path sufficiently to return home and begin to explore crafting such a path; experience the effectiveness of relational meditation for illuminating the power of spiritual friendship; become familiar with the eight factors of the Buddhist path; feel motivated and empowered to approach the suttas for inspiration; and experience and intuitively understand the synergy and complementarity of silent and relational meditation practices for unbinding.

Experience Level:

Prerequisite–Four Insight Dialogue retreats and two vipassana retreats.

  • 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.