The Buddha taught the dharma through speaking in relation to a particular person or group in a particular context and location. In the suttas, he emphasizes that wise view is cultivated through listening to the voice of another with wise and focused attention (yoniso manasikāra). In this program, we will practice contemplative speaking and listening together as we investigate and engage the Four Noble Truths of suffering and the possibility of release in our human lives. In particular, we will explore the potential for relationships to create the causes and conditions for suffering, with a focus on the complexity of attachment, craving, aversion, and our struggles with the truth of impermanence–including illness, aging, and death–in our lives and relationships. Together, we will contemplate the teachings on the centrality and spiritual power of dharma friendship on the Path. Through individual silent practice, Insight Dialogue, and Dharma Contemplation we will investigate and illuminate the conditions and relational practices that incline our hearts and our relationships toward joy, wisdom (insight), and love (compassion).
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.
Suitable for beginning and experienced practitioners.
At least one prior Buddhist meditation retreat.
This policy applies to all residential and Path programs. Please note cancellation fees are at most $50 for those receiving financial assistance. Prior to six weeks before the program start date, cancellation fees are $50 for all programs more than two nights and $25 for programs two nights or less. 50% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel between two and six weeks of the program start date. 100% of your deposit is forfeited if you cancel less than two weeks before the program start date.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.