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Speak the Truth

Residential Program
Dates: Nov 01, 2022 - Nov 09, 2022
Days: Tuesday - Wednesday
Number of Nights: 8 nights

Instructor(s): Gregory Kramer, Anna-Brown Griswold

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Course Description:

Speech is action. Do we know how to act with truth? Our world is blanketed in lies, dark with disconnection and hurt. What can meditating in dialogue teach us about how to act from a basis of truth? What will meditating together reveal about the nature of speech, intention, and compassion? In Insight Dialogue, the truth is the truth of experience. To speak the truth, mindfulness is essential; it's the only way experience can be known. 

This retreat will reveal the act of speaking from the wordless beginnings through the tension behind the urge to speak (present even in innocuous speech) and on through its actual physical production. When the thread of mindfulness is maintained, there is a natural authenticity, a coherence between experience and its symbolization in words.

We will also explore the Insight Dialogue meditation of Listen Deeply. The “deep” here is likewise experienced, with mindfulness and samadhi making possible a continuity of awareness and profound receptivity. When such listening and speaking meet, the mind-to-mind transmission is of a different order from ordinary communication. “Wise attention and the voice of another are the two conditions for the arising of right view (wisdom).” What we experience in meditation changes how we live in the world.

Noble Silence:
This program includes dedicated periods of both wise speech and noble silence. Some contemplative exercises may involve mindful speaking and listening. Noble silence is to be upheld at all other times.

At least two meditation retreats of seven days or more.

Cancellation Policy:
During the pandemic, there is a cancellation fee of $50 for all residential programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. 2023: If you need to cancel your registration, please contact us as soon as possible. If you cancel two or more weeks before a program begins, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. If you cancel less than two weeks before your program begins, your full deposit is forfeited. If you have requested financial assistance, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs longer than two nights and $25 for weekend programs. All cancellation fees support our Scholarship Funds.

Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
Please review our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here: https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/covid-19/.

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):
  • 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.

  • 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.