Teaching Buddha Teaching Buddha

Insight Dialog

Ananda: "This is half of the holy life, lord: noble friends, noble conversations."

The Buddha: Don't say that, Ananda. Don't say that. Noble friends and noble conversations are actually the whole of the holy life.

Do you feel like you've gotten all the low hanging fruit from your current insight practice(s)? Do you wanna step it up? Insight Dialog is an amazingly effective way to move to a deeper level.

This method is an insight technique that involves sitting facing another meditator and shifts (with a teacher's guidance) between being internal and silent (for short periods) and "speaking the truth, listening deeply" on topics the teacher guides you into contemplating. It just blew me away how readily the insights came and how deep they were. And most amazingly, all that talking - deep, structured talking (not the usual chatter) - left me in a deeper state of concentration than on a traditional silent retreat.

We are social animals and this method takes advantage of that fact and also leads to deep dharma insights of a relational nature as well as a personal nature. This is a method for not only filling in the missing relational piece from traditional insight practice, but also for gaining a much deeper understanding of what the Buddha meant when he said "Noble friends and noble conversations are actually the whole of the holy life." Highly Recommended!

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