Metta Retreats


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  • $255
    Awakening the Heart of Mindfulness: A Metta-Vipassana retreat
    Nov 2, 2017 - 4 days
    Registration for this retreat opens July 1, 2017. During this retreat we will learn to develop a greater sense of understanding and care for ourselves through the revolutionary practice of the Dharma. Integrating mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation techniques, we will learn to develop the heart of wisdom and compassion. Each day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma…

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  • Sep 5, 2017 - 29 days
    In this five week course we will explore right view through the lens of impermanence, stress, and impersonality using a practice frequently taught by Venerable Punnaji, a teacher of Gary’s. We’ll explore the tendency to fabricate a self concept around our possessions, jobs, relationships, and body-mind, and how to find freedom from these habits through wisdom. We’ll also explore how to…
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  • Sep 8, 2017 - 3 days
    Lion’s Roar Annual Retreat Buddhism is renowned for its teachings on love and compassion. In this retreat, led by outstanding Buddhist teachers, you will have the opportunity to quiet the mind and tune into the heart, exploring a deeper, boundless love that is available to all. Through presentations, discussions, and meditation, participants will learn how to: • Practice basic Buddhist…
  • Sep 1, 2017 - 3 days
    This non-residential Insight Dialogue weekend will begin with an optional introductory evening workshop open to the public, Friday 1 September 2017, 7:00pm – 9:30pm. A retreat will be held Saturday & Sunday, 2-3 September. Please plan to attend for the duration of Saturday and Sunday to participate in the retreat. For further information in German, please visit Buddhist Society…
  • $115
    Remembering Your Happy Heart with Loving-Kindness Meditation and A Journey to Deep Peace
    Sep 30, 2017
    Come away for a day in Elohee’s beautiful surroundings where you’ll slow down, dive deep into your warm-hearted, peaceful self and come away feeling blissfully rested and spiritually inspired. Come to remember the kind and open heart you called home as a child. We will find it at the quiet and still place that is the center of your being where your true self resides – a realm full of…
  • Sep 18, 2017 - 7 days
    During this residential retreat we will meditate together – not next to each other – completely together and truly meditating. We will cultivate mindfulness, quiet concentration, the inquiring mind, energy and other meditative qualities. We will be guided step-by-step through the structured meditation practices of Insight Dialogue and Dharma Contemplation, accompanied by periods of silent…
  • $695
    Relationality As Such: An Insight Dialogue Retreat
    Oct 20, 2017 - 10 days
    Registration will be conducted by lottery. Sign up by June 15, 2017. BCBS will announce results June 22, 2017. Humans are relational beings: biologically, psychologically, and in our practical, lived lives. Human evolution is a story of social adaptations, from our brain structures to our hormonal systems, and human society and culture is the story of our relatedness writ large. To take an…
  • Oct 27, 2017 - 4 days
    An introduction to meditations which offer gentle yet powerful tools to open our hearts and minds, to connect with the immeasurable treasury of love within us and to develop empathy and kindness far beyond conventional limitations. It is a timeless spiritual truth that we all have an immeasurable treasury of love within us. 2,500 years ago the Buddha taught his disciples the meditations on Loving…
  • $595
    Guardians of the Heart: A Vipassana and Brahma Vihara Retreat
    Sep 30, 2017 - 8 days
    Registration for this retreat opens May 1, 2017. “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” –Buddha When we see deeply into the miracle of our own human mind and body process, our whole life begins to change in ways that guide our responses to ourselves and others with increasing wisdom and compassion. The four brahma viharas are the…
  • Nov 15, 2017 - 50 days
    The Introduction to Online Insight Dialogue is an eight-week offering which covers the Insight Dialogue guidelines using Dhamma teachings as a contemplative frame. The program focuses on the core elements of Relational Dhamma practiced in an online framework. Participants will meet online in real-time via Zoom (web video conference) for 90 minutes on Wednesdays for eight consecutive weeks.…
  • Nov 4, 2017 - 5 days
    As humans we are exquisitely sensitive, every moment awash in a sea of contact. Touching and being touched, feeling, perceiving, and thinking, we create our world. Can we cultivate awareness in these dynamic moments of contact? Is it possible that human relationships are one of the best fields for cultivating mindfulness? From birth, we have been designed for attunement with others. The absence of…
  • Nov 14, 2017 - 50 days
    The Buddha taught a path of practice that encompassed the entirety of one’s life. Nothing at all should be left out of the inquiry of how we’re living a life inclined towards freedom from suffering. In this 8 week program we will practice with the Buddha’s eightfold path. Each week we’ll explore a different path factor using silent and relational practices, and contemplations. Front and…
  • Nov 19, 2017
    Worldwide Insight is a Dharma practice group that you can join from anywhere in the world. Each Sunday renowned Insight Meditation teachers offer meditation instruction, teachings, and live Q&A on video. Worldwide Insight functions just like city based Insight Meditation groups around the world, but you can attend from anywhere. On Sunday November 19, 2017, Gregory Kramer will lead the 90…
  • Jan 16, 2018 - 50 days
    In this eight-week online Insight Dialogue course we will experientially explore The Seven Factors of Awakening. These factors: mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration, and equanimity, combine to offer the meditator a practical guide for the development of the mind. The potential fruit of this inquiry is a mind capable of insight and clear seeing (vipassanā). We will…
  • Feb 10, 2018 - 8 days
    During this 7-day retreat we can enter deeply into the gentle yet powerful practice of Loving Kindness.When our hearts and minds are filled with love we naturally experience happiness and well-being, yet many of us feel a poverty of love, which we may experience as either feeling unloved or not being able to love others as fully as we would wish.Loving Kindness meditation is a method that helps us…
  • Mar 27, 2018 - 43 days
    The five hindrances are powerful, archetypal, states of mind that negatively impact practice. They are desire, aversion, restlessness and worry, sloth and torpor, and skeptical doubt. When we view practice as the entirety of our lives we find that these hindrances can have serious effects throughout our entire lives. Hindrances on the cushion spill into our every day lives. Hindrances in our every…
  • Jan 1, 2025 - 2 days
    Mondays at 11:00am-12:15pm US EST Facilitated by Senior ID Practitioners Sue Brown and Susie Clarion Drop-in sessions are open to anyone with some experience in a contemplative practice and familiarity with Insight Dialogue through reading or practice. You may join a drop-in session once or every week; it’s up to you. Session format includes silent practice, a contemplation offered by the…
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