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Relationality As Such: An Insight Dialogue Retreat
Dates: Oct 20, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017
Days: Fri - Sun (9 Nights)

Instructor(s): Gregory Kramer

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Humans are relational beings: biologically, psychologically, and in our practical, lived lives. Human evolution is a story of social adaptations, from our brain structures to our hormonal systems, and human society and culture is the story of our relatedness writ large. To take an interpersonal approach to practicing vipassanā and engage in a full investigation of the Dhamma as it pertains to our meditation and our relational lives, we will want to ask a series of hard questions. In light of the aggregates, what does it mean to be in relation? What does dependent origination, or a deep look at craving, mean in the light of intrinsic relationality? And finally, what do we discover about sangha and spiritual friendship when we meet another in the strength of sati and samādhi? This retreat will combine silent vipassanā and Insight Dialogue. Our meditation will harness the power of mindfulness and concentration, the guidance of the Dhamma, and the accelerating and penetrating factor of relationship, to explore the liberative nature of the eightfold path.

This course is being conducted via lottery. The lottery will close end of day on June 15, 2017.

The lottery results will be released by June 22, 2017.

  • 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.