Living Experience of the Factors of Awakening (bhojanga)
with Gregory Kramer,
Can we experience the factors of awakening, from mindfulness
to concentration, as alive within us? Can we learn to experience
and so nurture them in our everyday lives? Is it possible to strengthen
them by meditating in dialogue with other people?
In this retreat we will learn the relational meditation practice
of Insight Dialogue. Supported by a noble silence that is only
interrupted when we are in the meditation hall and practicing together
in a deeply mindful, concentrated, investigative and kind way,
we will explore the Dhamma as lived experience. Insight Dialogue
has many worldly benefits: we learn to recognize and not push away emotions;
we find levels of listening to others--and to ourselves--that we
did not know were possible; we learn to be more sensitive and
present with others and to bring our meditation practice into
our everyday lives. As meditators worldwide have been discovering,
Insight Dialogue can also significantly deepen our silent meditation
practice and our felt understanding of the Buddha's teachings.
This is a liberating insight practice.
Meditating together, we remind each other to be mindful, to pay
attention. Meditating together, we investigate the Dhamma deeply,
not as book learning but as the fleshy experience of this very life that
the Buddha was actually trying to help us understand. Meditating
together, our energy for practice grows, our joy blossoms.
And even though being with other people can give rise to the most
stimulating experiences, being with others can also help us
to calm down, focus, and find find balance. Whatever hinders
the factors of awakening--such as anger, agitation, or doubt--may reveal
itself, be known, and be released. What remains is the awakened
This retreat is suitable for people with a regular meditation practice.
Attendees should plan on a full retreat experience,
without telephones, internet, reading, or other distractions, and
be present for the entire week.
About the Teacher
Gregory Kramer has taught Vipassana and Metta practice
since 1980. He has studied with esteemed teachers, including
Anagarika Dhammadina, Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya, Achan Sobin
Namto, and Ven. Punnaji Maha Thero. Gregory is the
author of Insight Dialogue: the Interpersonal Path to Freedom (Shambhala),
Seeding the Heart: Practicing Lovingkindness with Children, and
Meditating Together, Speaking from Silence: the Practice of
Insight Dialogue. Gregory also is the founder and Guiding
Teacher of the non-profit Metta Foundation.
Gregory travels extensively sharing Insight Dialogue and Dharma
Contemplation, and teaching the Dhamma.Gregory holds a
Ph.D. in Learning and Change in Human Systems and is a visiting
teacher at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He co-founded
the hunger project Harvest with Heart. Formerly a composer
then scientist, he also founded the New York City media technology
center Harvestworks/Studio PASS, the Electronic Art Ensemble,
and ICAD, the International Conference on Auditory Display.
Zurich Buddhist Vihara,
5600 Lenzburg. Switzerland.
Te: 0041 43 534 51 01, Mobil; 0041 76 340 02 04