Freedom Here and Now: Insight Meditation + Insight Dialogue
- Insight Dialogue / Metta Programs
- St Mary’s Towers 415 Douglas Park Drive Douglas Park NSW 2569
- Jun 6 - 12, 2020 (7 days)
- $750.00 to $950.00 – sliding scale. The retreat fee covers only the cost of food and accommodation, plus a small contribution to the teacher's international airfares.
About This Event
This seven-day retreat draws on the strengths of both silent and relational insight meditation to support an engaged exploration of the Buddha’s core teachings on freedom: freedom from afflictive states such as anger, fear, sadness, greed; and freedom to live with more ease, happiness, and peace.
In conjunction with the Newcastle Insight Meditation and Insight Dialogue communities*, this retreat is offered as a rare opportunity to strengthen both silent and relational insight meditation practices together.
The retreat as a whole will be grounded in noble silence, with daily instruction in insight meditation each morning. Each afternoon, there will be a 1-2 hour session of Insight Dialogue. This involves practicing together in pairs or small groups to learn the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue, which support deep inquiry into the dharma, the Buddha’s teachings.
Over the course of the week, we will explore a variety of practices from the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, alongside the four brahmavihara heart practices of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity, to directly experience these different aspects of freedom for ourselves.
Each day, there will be sessions of guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, Insight Dialogue practice, individual meetings with the teacher, and a period of optional, gentle mindful movement.
Mindful movement offered by Donna Lavell.
*This retreat is being offered in conjunction with the Newcastle Insight Meditation and Insight Dialogue communities.