Awakening In Daily Life – An Insight Dialogue Retreat

July 20 - 26, 2024
Madison, Virginia, USA

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July 20 - 26, 2024
Madison, Virginia, USA

Please join us!

More than 2,600 years ago, the Buddha outlined a path to freedom. Many of us benefit from these teachings, but it’s common to find that the wisdom and compassion cultivated in silent meditation erode on return into daily life.

Insight Dialogue is a relational practice that harnesses the support of a partner to deepen meditative qualities, extending the tranquility and insight of silent meditation beyond the cushion and into the realities of relationship.

Throughout this retreat we will weave meditative dialogue, silent meditation, and time in nature to deepen the essential meditative qualities that support inquiry into this shared human experience. The vital conditions for awakening laid out in the Awakening Discourse (AN 9.1) will guide our journey, helping us discover ways to carry this vision of freedom into our friendships, families and communities.

This retreat is appropriate for beginning and experienced meditators. No prior experience with Insight Dialogue or relational meditation is required.

Retreat Format
This retreat features a combination of Insight Dialogue practice (i.e., meditative speaking and listening), silent seated meditation, talks on Buddhist teachings, and walking meditation in nature. To allow the practice to deepen, silence will be observed except when participants are meditating in dialogue together, or during periods designated for questions and reflections.