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Introduction to Insight Dialogue and Embodied Justice

Online Program
Dates: Jul 06, 2022 - Jul 27, 2022

Instructor(s): Tuere Sala, Anna-Brown Griswold

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Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings the mindfulness, tranquility, and insight of traditional silent meditation into our direct experience with others. Practicing the Insight Dialogue guidelines strengthens our inner sense of relatedness. Moving in the world with a strong sense of relatedness can enable us to use every human encounter as a step on the path of wakefulness, transforming relationship itself into a source of support for insight and compassion.

This series is an invitation to learn and practice the Insight Dialogue guidelines while recognizing how cultural conditioning and systemic inequity are embodied interpersonally. We are all caught up in internalized and externally enacted cultural habitual patterns that create suffering for others and ourselves. Together, we will explore how suffering is generated by how we embody and receive cultural/systemic patterns of injustice, inequality, and social change. This exploration can help us discern how we can support one another to live with wisdom and compassion even as we find ourselves caught up in broader cultural and social systems, and help to sustain us as we seek to skillfully transform those structures that cause suffering.


Prerequisites:

The prerequisite for this course is to have a regular silent sitting meditation practice. If you are new to Insight Dialogue, please familiarize yourself with the guidelines before our first meeting. Info can be found at Insight Dialogue.org.


Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online programs. We encourage you to participate as fully as you are able. You can check the time of the group sessions in your timezone here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this program (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm ET between July 6 and July 27

Meeting Days: July 6, 13, 20, 27 


Please note that although sessions will be recorded, they will not be available to participants.

Cancellation Policy:
Registration fees for online programs are nonrefundable after the program start date. Cancellations prior to the program start date will incur a $25 cancellation fee. For intensive, application-based programs, the cancellation fee is $50.

DEI:
As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive 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.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Tuere Sala is a Guiding Teacher at Seattle Insight 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.

  • Anna-Brown Griswold fell in love with Insight Dialogue practice in 2012 after nearly twenty years of practice and study in the Tibetan and Zen koan lineages of Buddhism, including monastic practice and extended solitary retreats. For most of her adult life she's been experimenting with how to integrate the awakening power of dharma practice, the skills of psychotherapeutic healing, and an embodied lens of social justice. Anna-Brown currently shares Insight Dialogue practice online and locally in Seattle, WA, where she works as a trauma therapist and facilitator.  As a mom to a toddler, bringing Insight Dialogue into the whole beautiful mess of parenting is an ongoing practice.