Online: Listen Deeply and Speak the Truth – An Insight Dialogue Course on Wise Speech

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Online: Listen Deeply and Speak the Truth – An Insight Dialogue Course on Wise Speech
with Bart van Melik
Course: Mondays, October 5th – October 26th, 2020 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm ET
Daylong: Sunday, November 1st, 2020 | 9:00am – 3:00pm ET
(mindful break from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm)


As relational beings we talk; often a lot and out of habit, both to others and to ourselves. How compassionate and open are you while speaking and listening? Especially in these times of a global pandemic, political division and growing social and economic inequity?

The Buddha’s instructions on wise speech are practical and universal: Can you refrain from saying something that is not beneficial? Only speaking what is true and beneficial? And knowing when to speak – even when it is unendearing and disagreeable to others?

As a community, we’ll investigate these timeless instructions with the support of Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal meditation practice that brings together mindfulness and concentration, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha and the power of relationship to support insight into the causes and release of human suffering.

We’ll gather weekly in the month of October and conclude our course with a daylong retreat of Insight Dialogue on November 1. Everyone is welcome to experience freedom and connection in speech.


Please register at the highest level that your generosity offers.
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Registration for the Daylong Only

Registration Fees include Teacher Support

New York Insight Meditation Center has streamlined the registration fee levels. Members of our Circle of Friends are eligible to receive 20% off of the Sustaining Rate via a code provided in the email confirming membership, which you can enter after clicking the Sustaining Level registration.

*Benefactor Level: Supports NYI’s ability to offer the Subsidized Base.

**Sustaining Level: This level reflects the actual costs to support this program. Circle of Friends members eligible for 20% discount with code. Click here to join.

***Subsidized Base: Made possible by the generosity of Benefactor Level above and other donations to ensure participation by those requiring financial assistance.
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Bart van Melik

Bart van Melik found meditation in 2003 and has been teaching meditation since 2009, bringing the practice to diverse communities like juvenile detention centers, homeless shelters and NYC public schools. He is passionate about supporting people to discover how they can find new ways to relate to life’s stresses. Bart graduated from the IMS/Spirit Rock Teacher Training.

“Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon, that will become the inclination of one’s mind.” Buddha

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