Skillfully Offering Insight Dialogue with Gregory Kramer

June 8–17, 2019  |  Barre Center for Buddhist Studies | Barre, MA
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Open to authorized and active Buddhist teachers across lineages, Vipassana teacher trainees, Community Dharma Leader (CDL) graduates, and people whose main or primary activity is teaching the Dharma for the last five years. A solid grounding in the Buddhadhamma is important.

This intensive nine-day retreat is designed to provide a good working foundation for your relational offerings and teaching in general, including but not limited to Insight Dialogue (ID). The intention of this offering is to provide whatever practice and Dharma benefit you might gain personally, and to support teachers to offer this relational insight practice within their current retreats and sanghas. The offering is not intended to train teachers to offer multi-day Insight Dialogue retreats.

This retreat will be held mostly in noble silence with speaking only during ID practice. There will be five and a half days of Insight Dialogue retreat, which will include learning the relational practice along with its immersion in the Dharma, engaging in silent meditation, and some quiet times walking in nature. Then begins a three-and-a-half day guidance to offer ID, both as part of our silent retreats—going into silence and emerging from it—and as a practice for any communities in which we teach. This will include a close look at the ID guidelines and how to offer and frame contemplations while taking guidance from the five tenets of the while life path. This framework provides a basis for drawing on the wisdom of the Buddha's discourses by first experiencing them intimately and intuitively and then offering the teachings to others as a living actuality. We will also enhance our understanding of the Dharma through a relational lens and experience the practice of Dharma Contemplation, a text-based group meditation. The three-and-a-half day session will include a lot of “hands on” time, offering the practice to each other, receiving feedback from each other and from the teachers, and reflecting on our experiences.

Partial attendance is not suitable.

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