I am intending to organise a seven day insight dialogue meditation retreat in New Zealand on 22 February 2014 at Te Moata on the Coromandel peninsula. At the moment, I am wanting expressions of interest so I can get an idea of numbers.
Based on traditional Buddhist insight meditation, insight dialogue is a secular, interpersonal meditation practice developed by Gregory Kramer. It involves cultivating the qualities of mindfulness and calm concentration, as in insight meditation. These qualities are cultivated while in relationship, speaking with and listening to one or more people, and in this way the keen and settled mind can gain insight into the nature of suffering and ease, identification and freedom.
The teachers will be Sharon Beckman-Brindley and Mary Burns. Information on this retreat can be found on the Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust website. For more information you can send me an email, or download a flyer here.
Sharon Beckman-Brindley is a co-founder and guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville, Virginia, and a graduate of the Community Dharma Leaders programme at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre. She is a clinical psychologist with a private psychotherapy practice and has led interpersonal presence meditation workshops for therapists and health professionals for more than 15 years. She has studied the practice of insight dialogue with Gregory Kramer for the past ten years.
Mary Burns is a psychotherapist and meditation teacher who has trained in both eastern and western traditions for three decades. Over the last ten years, she has taught mindfulness based stress reduction. She has studied the practice of insight dialogue with Gregory Kramer intensively since 2004.