Insight dialogue

A mindfulness meditation practice “off the cushion” which guides us when we’re in the midst of stressful situations and interactions in our daily lives, at work and with family and friends, insight dialogue is a methodical approach to listening and speaking that allows us to experience the wisdom of awareness.

Doing the practice, we confront our conditioned patterns while engaged in the challenges of relationship and communications. With meditative clarity, we can let go of this conditioning and enter into deep transformation in relationship.

While stress has biological and personal components, it also has interpersonal aspects, such as separation from people we love, being with people who irritate us, loneliness, or our unsatisfied needs for attention and recognition. Insight dialogue practice allows us to let go of relationship entanglements in the same was as we got entangled – interpersonally.

In July 2004, almost ten years ago, Gregory Kramer led the first ever insight dialogue retreat in Wellington. My wife and I attended and got a lot out of it. Following on from that retreat, a small community of practitioners has continued to meet and carry on the practice.

On Friday 28 March, Mary Burns will be offering a free introduction to insight dialogue at the Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay, Wellington from 7pm to 9pm. Over the Saturday and Sunday, she will be leading a non-residential retreat also at the Home of Compassion for which $40 is asked to cover room rental and expenses. Teachings are offered on the basis of dana, or generosity.

If you’d like to attend the free introduction or the retreat phone or text Jan on 021 331 082 or Signe on 021 131 4920, or send an email.

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2 Comments

  1. Signe Christensen
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    We are a thriving small Insight Dialogue sanga that meets once a month to practice the principles of ID, such as “listen deeply” and “speak the truth.” We have the good fortune to have Mary Burns coming to Wellington and share her experience of using iD in daily living. If you have never heard of insight Dialogue, please come along to the Friday community talk she is giving at Home of Compassion. Please bring along a cushion for seating.

  2. Tony Reardon
    Posted March 27, 2014 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    I’ve done a LOT of Insight Dialogue and my difficulty with that structure is that while Gregory’s process may be intended for ‘off the cushion and in daily life’ situations, the formal structure of Insight Dialogue is still very unlike daily life.

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