Insight Meditation(Vipassana) in Relations – Insight Dialogue Retreat Led by Āyasmā Viveka, Elizabeth Faria, and Dave Leggatt
2nd – 8th Mar 2024
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Introduction to Relational Insight Meditation – Insight Dialogue
Cultivating wisdom to live in freedom
Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal Vipassana meditation practice building on mindfulness, wisdom, and our own natural relatedness. It is designed to support the full integration of the meditative process into our daily lives, interpersonal relationship, at home, at work and in the communities we are part of.
Content: During our retreat we will have silent practice and mindful dialogue together in groups of two or more; contemplating Dhamma teachings and the here-and-now experiences.
*Develop kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity and a wise response to the challenges of life.
*Cultivate meditative qualities like mindfulness, calmness of the mind.
*To orientate our day-to-day life towards Dhamma.
Āyasmā Viveka is a Buddhist monk who teaches mindfulness practice and compassionate living. He began exploring meditation in the early 90’s, attended his first retreat in 2002, and was ordained with Sayadaw U Tejaniya in 2013. Over a 20-year period, he was fortunate to train with various well-respected lay teachers in the West and Buddhist masters in Asia. Five years ago, he began offering meditation retreats, weekly sessions, and facilitating Insight Dialogue events internationally. He currently lives in Eastern Canada.
Elizabeth Faria has offered Insight Dialogue and silent meditation in Australia and Brasil since 2013. She began practicing vipassana on long meditation retreats in 1996, taking a two-year break from work to dedicate time to meditation practice in India, the US, Australia, and Thailand.
She has worked as a psychotherapist for the last 29 years and has long been interested in the integration of the Buddhadharma with neuroscience and psychotherapy.
Dave Leggatt practiced in the Vipassana tradition for many years. He was introduced to Insight Dialogue in 2011 and joined the Insight Dialogue facilitator program in 2016. Since then Dave has been facilitating and teaching in-person workshops, retreats and online offerings. Aware of the importance of spiritual friendship and the power of Insight Dialogue practised in daily life, he enjoys expanding the boundaries of practice for himself and others. He founded the annual Kalyanamittata retreat and offers practice in the global Insight Dialogue community. He is active on a number of community teams. Dave lives in Toronto, Canada.
VIPASSANA INSIGHT DIALOGUE
- Practise the Pause – for cultivating/establishing mindfulness (the base of the practice)
- It is a practice of safety to support each other in investigating/trying to understand things as it is right now
- We try to remain with our practice and try not to burden others with our reaction
- How is the body feeling right now?
- To calm ourselves/for calming
- Physically – ease any bodily tension
- Mentally – cultivate acceptance or allowing things to be as they are
- Cultivate an attitude of acceptance/allowing experience as it is now with kindness & with ease
- Inviting us from the base of internal mindfulness to open to the external experience
4. ATTUNE (to emergence)
- Be intimate to anicca or whatever emerges in one’s life or the flow of uncertainty or not knowing (“the dance of life”)
- It is directing our minds towards the flow of anicca as directly as possible this moment
5. LISTEN DEEPLY & 6. SPEAK THE TRUTH
- What is it we feel as internal?
What is it we feel as external?
- Pay attention to the process of listening – the voice, words, body language of the speaker; relate it to the internal
Speak the truth of what we have seen, heard, sensed i.e. our experience