This retreat will explore the central importance and practice of noble friendship (kalyāṇna-mitta) in engaging the Eightfold Path of practice the Buddha offered.
We will introduce the guidelines of Insight Dialogue as a formal practice of noble friendship. Walking the path together, we can investigate how to fully meet each other in the joys and challenges of our lives. We will contemplate classical texts on wise view, wise intention, wise speech, wise action, wise effort, and wise mindfulness as they relate to spiritual friendship. In addition, we will investigate the power of our relational practice in turning toward an exploration of how our current circumstances in the world are entwined with oppressive structures that too often create a separation of hearts and minds in ways that create confusion and pain.
By tending to our shared aspiration for awakening, we can recognize and transform that which divides and separates us from each other and from our strength in relationship. Together, we will explore the power of shared intention and dhamma dialogue to awaken together through suffering and release.