Insight Dialogue (ID) is an interpersonal meditation practice. Based in Vipassana meditation, it brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation practice into our interactions with others through dialogue. Ultimately, this allows us to perceive and understand things that are normally overlooked in the busyness of life, and to be more accepting of ourselves and others as they are.
As humans we are relational beings, and as we begin to awaken to this experience, we find insight, clarity, ease and joy flowing into our relationships with others. In this retreat we meditate with each other – not side by side and separate, but fully engaged and truly meditating. We will cultivate mindfulness, calm concentration, inquiry, energy, and other meditative qualities, interweaving Insight Dialogue, silent meditation, short periods of walking, and mindful movement. This is a chance to engage first hand with the relational foundation of our humanity, and investigate the Buddhist concept of “kalyana-mitta” or “spiritual friendship”. These practices support you to remain present with others even in difficulty, to encounter social eagerness or fear with greater ease, and to recognise natural wakefulness underneath conditioned habits.
In the practice we will be introduced step by step into the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and will be guided into contemplation. Dharma reflections and time for sharing and Q & A will be provided. Mindful body movements.
The retreat will be held in noble silence, except in the dialogues and group sharings.
You can learn more about the practice of Insight Dialogue at www.metta.org under the “Insight Dialogue” menu (in English)