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Insight Dialogue: Re-Approaching the Four Noble Truths
Dates: Mar 31, 2018 - Apr 08, 2018
Days: Sat - Sun (8 Nights)

Instructor(s): Gregory Kramer, Nicola Redfern

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Do we recognize suffering at all its layers: personal, interpersonal, social, and in the Dhamma-essence of becoming? Are the forces of hunger, the mechanisms of clinging, and the blinding of ignorance intimately felt and carefully considered? What do cessation, dispassion, and peace mean to us and are they real possibilities? And this fourth truth, the Noble Eightfold Path: Has it been trivialized into a formula? If so, how does it come alive? Insight Dialogue seeks to effect the bringing of Dhamma to life in the body, the heart, as intuitive wisdom. The power of the practice emerges as we steep in the Dhamma together, cultivating mindfulness and concentration, which allows us to harness the power of spiritual friendship and shared wisdom. This retreat will interweave meditating in dialogue with silent meditation to support ease and insight. It is open to anyone, including beginners to Insight Dialogue, with at least two weeks of silent retreat experience.

There is a prerequisite of having sat two week-long silent meditation retreats in order to enroll in this class.
  • 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.

  • Nicola Redfern is an Insight Dialogue Teacher. She began practicing insight meditation in 2001, studying with a variety of teachers, and has had the good fortune of many months spent in silent retreat. Nicola has studied Zen intensively with Joan Sutherland Roshi since 2007 and Insight Dialogue with Gregory Kramer since 2009. She has taught Nonviolent Communication and is now a caregiver working with the sick and elderly. She is particularly interested in getting meditation off the cushion and fully integrated into life, work, and relationships, activating the potential to wake each other up.