Online: The Potential of Human Relatedness on a Whole-Life Path

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Online: The Potential of Human Relatedness on a Whole-Life Path
with Gregory Kramer and Peace Twesigye
Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 | 11:00am – 5:00pm ET

We humans are relational, and yet have been living in relative isolation during the pandemic. Even as many of us remain sheltering in place, we see the undeniable impact of our contact with nature, animals, and other humans.

The Buddha’s teachings, too, are profoundly relational. They stress spiritual friendship as central to life and community, or sangha, as an essential refuge. Somehow, though, individuality, separation, and heroic meditation have seeped from mainstream Western culture into our Dhamma practice.

During our time together in this daylong retreat, we will look at balancing our effort. The Buddha’s teachings describe practice individually, relationally, and socially, opening a whole life path of Dhamma and practice in a heartful and authentic way. This is a matter of right view – as the Buddha described, and as we feel in our hearts, spiritual friendship is essential to joy, human decency, and awakening.

Join us in a day of relational meditation using Insight Dialogue practice to contemplate how we might meet each moment as embodied beings in relationship to a whole. How are we separate? How are we connected? Turning toward our shared human experience, what is our responsibility to each other and the world as we engage a wholesome path of practice?


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Peace Twesigye

Peace Twesigye is the Assisting Program Director of Buddhist Studies at Union Theological Seminary. Peace assists in designing and overseeing curriculum in Buddhist Studies, working directly with the Senior Director. Peace supports and creates spaces for contemplative practice that serve as a basis for students’ active engagement and service in community as well as supporting academic advisement of Buddhist students. Peace Twesigye organizes and manages public and private conversations and events as part of the Thích Nhất Hạnh Program for Engaged Buddhism at Union Theological Seminary to further expand its public offerings in understanding applied Buddhism. Peace also serves on the board of Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and serves as a practice leader and teacher at New York Insight Meditation Center as well as enjoying the opportunity of offering programs in other spaces when invited. Peace Twesigye has two master’s degrees; the first in violin performance, and the second in education, with a specialization in students with disabilities, and is committed to the path of being a lifelong student.

Gregory Kramer

Gregory Kramer teaches meditation, writes, and is the founding teacher of the Insight Dialogue Community. He is the author of Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom, from Shambhala Publications; Dharma Contemplation: Meditating Together with Wisdom Texts; Seeding the Heart: Practicing Lovingkindness with Children; and other books and articles. Gregory has practiced meditation since 1974 and studied with esteemed monastics, including Anagarika Dhammadinna, Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thero, Achan Sobin Namto, Ven. Punnaji Mahathero, and others. Since he began teaching meditation worldwide in 1980, he has pioneered online meditation and contemplation practices. His primary focus since 1995 has been developing and sharing a relational study of the Dhamma and Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal form of Buddhist insight meditation, and groups are now active worldwide. He also developed Dharma Contemplation, a text-based contemplation practice. For more, visit

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