Ehipassiko — Come and See for Yourself
0-Awakening Together: Conflict and Freedom with Gregory Kramer, Gina Sharpe
Gina Sharpe, Lani Miller
The retreat is designed to introduce a relational Vipassana practice and help us understand, through experience, how this can support individuals and communities to become more aware and fully present with one another to work through conflict, stress and difficult situations. It is a powerful opportunity to link wisdom and compassion practices.
July 22, 2013 - July 23, 2013
at the NYIMC
07:01 am - 12:00 am
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Walk-in registration is available via cash or check.
Humans are relational beings, pack animals born of mother and father, raised with families and friends, living and relating to each other within constructs of race, gender, class, religion, nationality, etc. We meditate to gain wisdom and be free from suffering, yet sometimes interpersonal suffering cannot be addressed exclusively in personal meditation. We perpetuate the island universe of the individual self even as we seek freedom in this deeply relational life.
Insight Dialogue is a fully relational meditation practice based on Vipassana Insight Meditation and a relational understanding of the Dhamma. The mind is invited to stillness and keen mindfulness even as we engage in dialogue with others, including when the moment of contact is challenging. We come to understand that freedom is here when we can relinquish identification with our position without bypassing the (sometimes difficult) experience of being fully human. We are learning to fully live this shared human experience: relative, embodied, and illuminated by the Dhamma.
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Gina Sharpe was born in Jamaica and immigrated to New York at the age of 11. After retiring from the practice of law, she co-founded New York Insight Meditation Center where she serves as Guiding Teacher. She has taught at Retreat Centers and other venues around the United States including a maximum security prison for women. She has been teaching the Dharma since 1995 and is particularly inspired by the potential and application of Dharma to transform and illuminate interpersonal and multicultural relations.
Lani Miller has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1977. She is a graduate of the third Community Dharma Leaders Program. Lani is also a Singer/ Songwriter who is interested in how music and other creative arts can be a vehicle for sharing spiritual truths and values.