Author: Gregory Kramer

Guided meditation of the five questions of Sati.

  • Why am I cultivating awareness?
  • What am I aware of?
  • How am I cultivating awareness?
  • Where am I aware?
  • When am I aware?

Offered June 2012 at the Cascadia Insight Dialogue Retreat, Bow, WA.

A series of talks on dependent origination (paticca samuppāda) understood in a relational context offered to members of the Insight Dialogue Community. Some audiences may find this material to be more engaging if they familiarize themselves with the 12 links of dependent origination and their Pāli terminology beforehand. Offered in July 2016.

This book describes the nature and purpose of Dharma Contemplation, with chapters detailing each of the five phases of the practice. It also offers resources for facilitating Dharma Contemplation.

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This series of teachings were offered by Gregory Kramer at an Insight Dialogue Retreat held in Barre, Massachusetts in October 2015. The theme of this retreat is the Buddhist teachings on Gratification, Danger, and Escape. These teachings were offered in-person to retreatants. They have been collected and annotated to facilitate their use for study by individuals or groups. The transcriptions have been left unedited so the reader can “hear” the language of the teacher. Each talk includes a title, the type of talk or teaching, a list of keywords, the length of the audio file, a brief summary of the content and selected quotations. Contemplations posed during the session are listed. You will also find links to the audio file and to the transcribed text.

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A series of four talks, each focusing on one or more discourses of the Buddha (suttas) offered to members of the Insight Dialogue Community. The intention in this series to engage the text not as philosophy but as instructions for a whole life practice, including formal meditation and in-life reflection. Offered in December 2016 and January 2017.

There are four videos in this series.

Reflections on the aggregates and interpersonal meditation. Offered June 2010 in Tulloch, Ireland.

Reflections on awareness and release. Offered September 2010 in British Columbia, Canada.

This talk explores how the particulars of this human experience known through awareness and the map of the Dhamma can support release. Offered June 2010 in Tulloch, Ireland.

This talk considers how the right effort and the calling forth of joy and curiosity cultivate a path of remembering and mindfulness for daily life. Offered September 2012 in Darp, Netherlands.

Discussion of constructed and unconstructed intimacy. Offered June 2010 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Consideration of the role of hunger for pleasure, existence and non-existence and ignorance of these hungers in suffering. Offered September 2010 in British Columbia, Canada.

This chapter from the book Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship considers how Insight Dialogue practice can be beneficial for psychotherapists in enhancing the quality of the therapeutic relationship.

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This talk describes how to bring listening and speaking into meditation while maintaining the integrity of practice. Speech comes from the development of a capacity for the auditory system to perceive. Through the enlightenment factors and the capacity to reside in the receptivity of loving-kindness, meditators share the intimacy of the moment. Offered May 2011 in Missouri, United States.

This talk offers a description of the Four Noble Truths. The listener is invited to look closely and see the sensitivity of the body-mind, recognize the pain of grasping and from this the possibility of something different. Is it possible for us to watch the process of the mind building our sense of self so that we cease to believe it every time it speaks? Offered September 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Consideration of the penetrating and uncompromising quality of the Buddhas’ teachings and how we bring these forward into this modern life as we live it. Offered September 2010 in British Columbia, Canada.

Guided meditation on the impermanence of the breath. Offered May 2012 in Washington, United States.

Reflections on how Insight Dialogue reveals how the Buddha’s teachings on tanha manifest in our interpersonal lives and how these hungers for pleasure, existence, and non-existence can be disrupted by the practice. Offered in 2007.

In this first portion of a two-part talk, Gregory Kramer begins with the question, “What is the spiritual path for, why and how am I doing it?” He continues to explain how the human is hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving. Offered September 2012 in Darp, Netherlands.

 

 

This short, guided practice begins with an inquiry into what provides the motivation that moves the heart, mind, and body toward wisdom. Practice partners are then invited to use the Insight Dialogue guidelines to voice the wisdom that is already alive in experience. Offered September 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

This meditation guides us through the expansiveness of metta starting from the self, then moving to all beings, and followed by humbling receiving loving kindness in return. Offered May 2013 in Washington, United States.

Guided metta (lovingkindness) meditation. Offered in 2004 in North Carolina, United States.

Gregory Kramer, the developer of Insight Dialogue, speaks at The Family Action Network whose mission is to connect parents, educators and professionals through collaborative programming that educates, inspires and positively impacts the broader community. Offered April 23, 2015.

 

In this Insight Dialogue practice session, the guidelines Pause and Relax are practiced by contemplating bodily pain and pleasure. The question, “what is present now and how are you meeting it?”  becomes the refrain throughout the teaching. There is also an opportunity for walking meditation midway through the audio. The second half includes bringing awareness to the impact of having another present while practicing with bodily pain or pleasure. Bells throughout offer the structure for utilizing this audio in practice groups. Offered May 2013 in Washington, United States.

This talk considers how we relate to experience as part of a liberating path. We can’t control what happens to us – other people and the circumstances of the world. However, with skill, care and patience our internal responses to experience can be brought into a more equanimous way of responding. Also, in the moment of experience, whatever arises can be known without identification, without grasping. Offered June 2010 in Tulloch, Ireland.

This talk speaks to the exquisitely sensitive nature of the human being and our specific and acute sensitivity to other humans in particular. Our sensitivity to others can be a source of great suffering and it can also open doors to insight. With this, we begin to understand the power of Insight Dialogue and the compelling reason to bring meditation practice directly into interpersonal contact. Offered March 2013 in Massachusetts, United States.

Talk about the sensitivity of the human organism and the implications of this sensitivity. Offered June 2010 in Tulloch, Ireland.

This talk looks at speech as a world-forming action. In the Hindu and Abrahamic traditions, all things take birth in the Word. In the Buddhist tradition, we have consciousness taking rise based upon volitional formations. Action, perception, and wisdom are explored as they relate to language. Offered May 2013 in Washington, United States.

Reflections on when wisdom meets habit. Offered in 2010.

Gregory Kramer, the developer of Insight Dialogue, describes how the practice is accessible for meditators and non-meditators alike and can serve as a pathway for people to encounter a felt sense of what is like to be with others and be with oneself in awareness and receptivity. Recorded in 2012.

This video is offered by Centro per la Mindfulness Motus Mundi and FilmPRO

 

Gregory Kramer, the developer of Insight Dialogue, describes the different ways Insight Dialogue can be practiced. These include retreat practice, online practice and participation with local Insight Dialogue groups. Recorded in 2012.

This video is offered by Centro per la Mindfulness Motus Mundi and FilmPRO.