Teachings

Dhamma Map Series

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The Three Bases of Insight Dialogue

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A Whole-Life Path: A Layperson’s Immersive Approach to the Noble Eightfold Path

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Role of Spiritual Friendship in Meeting the Difficult

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This talk considers the benefits of spiritual friendship in meeting the difficult.

Guided Anapanasati with Another

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Guided Anapanasati meditation and contemplation.

Five Questions of Sati

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Five Questions of Mindfulness (Sati)

Giving Attention - Sources Happiness & Freedom

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Exploration of causes and conditions that both hamper and support deep seeing. 

Kindness in Action

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About kindness being expressed through generosity, appreciation, and friendship.

An Overview of the Four Brahma Viharas

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Exploring the skillful qualities of kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity.

Turning the Mind Towards the Dharma

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Supporting our practice with four reflections that highlight the meaning of our life: Precious Human Body, Impermanence and Death, Law of Cause and Effect and the Imperfections of Life.

Working with Afflictive Thought Patterns 1: Wisdom as Antidote

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Some suggestions for bringing wisdom to deeply conditioned mental patterns such as "lack" mind and comparing mind.

Working with Afflictive Thought Patterns 2: Compassion

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An exploration of compassion and self-compassion as Brahmavihara practices, and some suggestions for applying compassion as an antidote to painful mental states.

Aggregates Series

Video

A series of talks on the five aggregates also known as the "clinging-khandas": form, feeling, perception, constructions, consciousness.

Dependent Origination Series

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A series of talks on dependent origination (paticca samuppāda) understood in a relational context offered to members of the Insight Dialogue Community.

Dharma Contemplation: Meditating Together with Wisdom Texts

Teaching

This book describes the nature and purpose of Dharma Contemplation, with chapters detailing each of the five phases of the practice.

Gratification, Danger and Escape

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A series of teachings on gratification, danger and escape offered on retreat collected and annotated to facilitate their use for study by individuals or groups.

Sutta Reflections

Video

As series of four talks each focusing on one or more discourses of the Buddha (suttas) offered to members of the Insight Dialogue Community.

The Aggregates and Interpersonnel Meditation

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Reflections on the aggregates and interpersonal meditation.

Awareness and Release

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A talk about awareness and release.

Awareness Releases the Knot

Audio

This talk explores how the particulars of this human experience known through awareness and the map of the Dhamma can support release.

Balance, Remembering and Effort

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This talk considers how right effort and the calling forth of joy and curiosity cultivates a path of remembering and mindfulness for daily life.

Clinging and the Vicissitudes

Audio

This talk describes how we can have stability of mind even when changes happen and we resist or take in personally, thinking things shouldn’t be as they are.

Constructed and Unconstructed Intimacy and Love

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This talk considers constructed and unconstructed intimacy.

Cracking Hunger and Ignorance

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Talk about the role of hunger for pleasure, existence and non-existence and ignorance of these hungers in suffering.

Cultivating Mindfulness in Relationship

Teaching

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.

Deep Listening: An Interview with Gregory Kramer

Teaching

An interview with Gregory Kramer taken from Insight Journal, Spring 2006.

Four Doorways to Speaking and Listening

Audio

This talk describes how to bring listening and speaking into meditation while maintaining the integrity of practice.

The Four Noble Truths

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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.

The Holy Life

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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.

Impermanence of Breath - A Guided Meditation

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Guided meditation on impermanence of the breath.

Insight Dialogue Disrupts the Structures

Audio

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

Liberated through Sense Contact - Part 1

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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?”

Liberated through Sense Contact - Part 2

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In this second portion of a two-part talk, Phyllis Hicks describes how we "keep it real" by showing up to whatever is here now. By bringing presence to the difficulty and knowing the reactivity, the mind grows bright and we can know what it is to be caught. 

Living Spark of Wisdom

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This short, guided practice begins with an inquiry into what provides the motivation that moves the heart, mind and body toward wisdom.

Living the Teachings

Teaching

An essay on living the teachings of the Buddha.

Guided Metta Meditation

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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.

Metta Meditation

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Guided metta (loving kindness) meditation.

Metta Meditation & Our Willingness to Turn Towards What is Here Now

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This short metta meditation points to how our willingness to turn towards what is here now is the essence of loving kindness.

Mindfulness in Relationship: The Power of the Shared Human Experience

Video

Gregory Kramer 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. 

Pain and Pleasure Guided Practice

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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.

Pause - A Guided Preparation

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A guided preparation for the Insight Dialogue guideline Pause.

Relating to Experience

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This talk considers how we relate to experience as part of a liberative path.

Relax – Layers of the Guidelines Relax

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Brief talk about the many layers of of the Insight Dialogue guideline Relax.

Release Just Here

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Reflections on how the Insight Dialogue guidelines can help orient us toward mindfulness when we forget. We pause, relax and open to investigation.

Seeding the Heart: Loving-kindness Practice with Children

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Gregory Kramer describes the  practice of loving-kindness he shared with his children each night at bedtime, while they were growing up.

Sembrando el Corazón: La Práctica del Amor-Universal con Niños

Teaching

Spanish translation of Seeding the Heart: Loving-kindness Practice with Children.

The Sensitive Human

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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.

Sensitive Humans

Audio

Talk about the sensitivity of the human organism and the implications of this sensitivity.

Speech Is Action

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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.

Values And Pitfalls Of "Already Here"

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This recording offers a guided practice for a group that has already practiced with all of the Insight Dialogue guidelines.