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Untangling All of It—The Personality and the Root Self
Dates: Oct 13, 2018 - Oct 21, 2018
Days: Sat - Sun (8 Nights)

Instructor(s): Gregory Kramer

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The conditioned personality—called attabhava in the Buddha’s teachings–is the locus of most of our pain: tangled relationships, painful memories, dysfunctional patterns of behavior, and other formations that rush through this life. The Buddha taught that the conditioned personality is a tangle that can be untangled: gradually, patiently, with care. The horse that the conditioned personality rides on is the root self of becoming, or bhava. The process of becoming is the most basic result of elemental clinging. Conditioned personality is a subset of this root process of becoming. This Insight Dialogue retreat provides a window into these two processes—attabhava and bhava—and points to a common theme of untangling. The personal is neither denied and rejected, nor is it clung to. The root process of becoming becomes familiar in the light of insight practice, and is engaged with skillfully in the untangling project with care and compassion. (This retreat is limited to those with at least 20 days of Insight Dialogue retreats).

There is a prerequisite of having attended four Insight Dialogue retreats in order to register for this retreat.
  • 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.