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Introduction to Insight Dialogue: Deep Relatedness and the Whole Life Path
Dates: Sep 20, 2020 - Nov 08, 2020
Online Course

Instructor(s): Gregory Kramer, Tuere Sala, Elizabeth Faria

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Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice. It draws its strength from the way our relational sensitivities amplify and accelerate mindfulness, concentration, and compassion. Relationship is so often the basis for becoming entangled; in Insight Dialogue it can be turned towards untangling. Relationship is so often the basis for stress, fear, and longing; in Insight Dialogue, it can be turned towards serenity, safety, and contentment.  

Gregory Kramer, the founder of Insight Dialogue, will be teaching this introductory course, and inviting us to explore the Buddhist path as spacious enough for all the many moments of our lives. Gregory shares: “When we explore the Dhamma together, the alertness and care we offer each other brings the teachings right down into the body. Insight Dialogue can open us up to a new, enlivened sense of our potential for an empowered and centered life.”

During this freely offered eight-week online program, we will meet weekly to practice with the six Insight Dialogue guidelines – pause, relax, open, attune to emergence, listen deeply, and speak the truth. These simple guiding words serve as the foundation for cultivating meditative awareness. Practicing this way reveals the natural arising of metta, compassion, and joy. It provides a way to experience relational hunger and contentment, stress and ease, in the light of meditative awareness. This helps us to release habitual and reactive ways of speaking and listening. The teachings on wisdom and compassion come alive. The path forward becomes clearer.

This program will leave us with an experiential sense of Insight Dialogue and a renewed enthusiasm for a whole life path.

In order to maintain small, intimate breakout groups for Insight Dialogue practice, we have capped this course at 220 participants. If we exceed this number you will be put on a waiting list and notified if a space opens up, or when the next course will be offered. Thank you for your understanding. If you have registered and are unable to attend, please do cancel your registration so your space can be given to someone else.

Online Course: Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and teachers in our online courses. As a registered participant please note that you should plan to commit to attending all scheduled sessions. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this course (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Meeting Schedule:

Sundays, 12:00 – 1:30 PM, Tuesdays 12:00 – 1:30 PM OR Wednesday 8:00 – 9:30 PM, between September 20 and November 8. 

Meeting Dates: 

Sundays: September, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8

Tuesdays: September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3

Wednesdays: September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4

On Sundays, Gregory will be introducing the Insight Dialogue guidelines and guiding ID practice, as well as offering Dhamma teachings and Q and A. Two sessions will be offered later in the week, taught by ID teachers Tuere Sala and Beth Faria. These sessions--at different times to be accessible to participants in Europe and Africa, the Americas, and Asia--will include ID guidance, Dhamma teachings, and practice opportunities. For those unable to attend the teachings on Sundays, please watch the recording of Gregory's teaching prior to attending the review and practice sessions with Tuere or Beth. The recordings will be available on the BCBS course website several hours after Gregory's teaching.

  • 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” (to be published in August 2020). Formerly a National Endowment for the Arts Composition Fellow and founder of the Electronic Art Ensemble, Gregory still composes and improvises.

  • Tuere Sala is a Guiding Teacher at Seattle 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.

  • Elizabeth Faria is an Insight Dialogue teacher. She has taught online programs, as well as workshops and retreats in Australia and Brazil. Practicing meditation since 1996, she has trained with a Burmese meditation master and in the Thai Forest tradition. She is a graduate of the Australian Association of Buddhist Counsellors and Psychotherapists Professional Training Course in Buddhism and Psychotherapy. She has worked as a psychotherapist for the last 30 years working with inter-generational trauma. She has long been interested in the integration of The Noble Eightfold Path with the whole life experience, and in the practice of the liberating teachings of satipatthana and the brahmaviharas. She lives in New South Wales, Australia.

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