Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom

Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom

Insight Dialogue The Interpersonal Path to Freedom Insight Dialogue is a way of bringing the tranquility and insight attained in meditation directly into your interactions with other people It s a practice that involves interacting with a partner in a

  • Title: Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom
  • Author: Gregory Kramer
  • ISBN: 9781590304853
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • Insight Dialogue is a way of bringing the tranquility and insight attained in meditation directly into your interactions with other people It s a practice that involves interacting with a partner in a retreat setting or on your own, as a way of accessing a profound kind of insight Then, you take that insight on into the grind of everyday human interactions Gregory KrameInsight Dialogue is a way of bringing the tranquility and insight attained in meditation directly into your interactions with other people It s a practice that involves interacting with a partner in a retreat setting or on your own, as a way of accessing a profound kind of insight Then, you take that insight on into the grind of everyday human interactions Gregory Kramer has been teaching the practice which he originated for than a decade in retreats around the world It s something strikingly new in the world of Buddhist practice yet it s completely grounded in traditional Buddhist teaching Kramer begins with a detailed presentation of the central Buddhist teaching of the Four Noble Truths seen through an interpersonal lens Because dukkha suffering or unsatisfactoriness is often most forcefully felt in our relations with others, interpersonal relationships are a wonderfully useful place to practice He breaks the Noble Truths down into component parts to observe how they manifest particularly in relationship to others, using examples from his own life and practice, as well as from his students He then goes on to present the practice as it s taught in his workshops and retreats There are a few basic steps to the practice, deceptively simple to describe 1 pause, 2 relax, 3 open, 4 trust emergence, 5 listen deeply, and 6 speak the truth The sequence begins following a period of meditation, and includes periods of speaking, listening, and mutual silence Kramer includes numerous examples of people s experience with the practice from his retreats, and shows how the insight gained from the techniques can be brought into real life More than just testimonials for how well the practice works, the personal stories demonstrate the problems that arise, the different routes the practice can follow, and the sometimes surprising insights that are gained To learn about the author, Gregory Kramer, go to metta.

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    I picked this book up from the library after reading an article entitled "Talk Like a Buddha" about Insight Dialogue in the Summer 2008 issue of Tricycle. I skipped over a lot of the intro Buddhism stuff since he doesn't have the most readable style but I'm giving the book four stars because the section on Pause-Relax-Open/Trust Emergence/Listen Deeply-Speak Truthfully is really well done. I'd get the book to just read that section.

    from the libraryTable of Contents Part One THIS COMES FROM THE WORLD1. On the Path Together2. The Emergence of a Practice3. An Awake Human BeingPart Two FOUR INTERPERSONAL TRUTHS 4. The First Noble Truth: Interpersonal SufferingThe Fact of SufferingA Bare Assessment of SufferingInterpersonal SufferingA Realistic First Step5. The Second Noble Truth: Interpersonal HungerClinging to Hunger Causes SufferingThree Basic HungersForming the Relational SelfThe Hunger for Pleasure and the Urge to Avoid Pa [...]

    Here is a wonderful introduction to Buddhism and compassion. The Buddha spent 45 years teaching. His teachings were always about the Four Noble Truths yet we tend to forget that studying the Four Noble Truths is one of the most important of all the vast Buddhist teachings. Here Gregory Kramer interprets the Four Noble Truths in the context of interpersonal growth. This is a very unique interpretation but in our incredibly connected and distressing age, it is about as timely as discovering an oas [...]

    One of the biggest insights here is that we can achieve just as much calm, compassion and honesty – if not more - meditating with others as we can meditating alone. In fact, we can practice mindfulness in any situation. The compassion and patience we show ourselves reinforces the compassion and patience we show others. Then it comes back to us. Gregory Kramer’s book wisely integrates the Buddhist emphasis on non-clinging, on our constant constructs to need things in our lives - pleasure, the [...]

    Fantastic read for long-time Buddhists and the mildly curious alike. Kramer unfolds a system that asks us to go beyond our intrapersonal meditation practice and engage in an interpersonal practice through insight dialogue. We are not only called to mindfulness, deep listening, and non-attachment with others in practice but also with our co-workers, family, friends, partners, and society as a hole. By pausing into mindfulness, relaxing away our mental, emotional, and bodily tension, and opening o [...]

    Beginning to think the gist of every book like is "be less of a jerk". Not revolutionary, but always good to be reminded!

    Loved it. Great resource for a co-meditative practice. Insight Dialogue meditation instructions (Pause, Relax,Open, Trust Emergence, Listen Deeply and Speak the Truth) resemble the skills essential for attending to the embodied relational field in relational psychotherapies (embodiment, attunement, resonance and articulation).

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