with Sukhacitto Bikkhu, 3 – 6 January 2013
Insight Dialogue (ID) is an interpersonal meditation practice. Based in Vipassana meditation, it brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation practice into our interactions with others through dialogue. Ultimately, this allows us to perceive and understand things that are normally overlooked in the busyness of life, and to be more accepting of ourselves and others as they are.
As humans we are relational beings, and as we begin to awaken to this experience, we find insight, clarity, ease and joy flowing into our relationships with others. In this retreat we meditate with each other – not side by side and separate, but fully engaged and truly meditating. We will cultivate mindfulness, calm concentration, inquiry, energy, and other meditative qualities, interweaving Insight Dialogue, silent meditation, short periods of walking, and mindful movement. This is a chance to engage firsthand with the relational foundation of our humanity. These practices support you to remain present with others even in difficulty, to encounter social eagerness or fear with greater ease, and to recognize natural wakefulness underneath conditioned habits.
In the practice we will be introduced step by step into the meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue and will be guided into contemplation. Dhamma reflections and time for sharing and Q & A will be provided.
You can learn more about the practice of Insight Dialogue at www.metta.org under the “Insight Dialogue” menu (in English).
The retreat will begin at 6.00 pm on the evening of Thursday, January 3 with an introductory talk, and end on the afternoon of Sunday, January 6 at around 5.00pm. You are welcome to arrive anytime between 2pm and 6pm on Thursday. Please do not arrive outside of these times, and do aim to arrive by 4.30pm if you would like an orientation tour and light meal before the retreat begins.
Participation is only possible for the whole retreat and it is essential for participants to join the retreat from the beginning as there is a gradual step-by-step guidance into the practice and a sensitive group dynamic. Joining in later or attending only some of the sessions is not possible. Previous meditation experience is helpful. The language of the retreat is English, and it will be held in complete Noble silence, except during times of dialogue and Q&A.
Retreat fee: Single Room/Twin share room 2000 baht per person
Places are limited so please sign up immediately so that we can reserve a room for you. For more information or registration, please contact us at:
Please note that New Life is a non-profit organization. The retreat fee covers food, electricity, accommodation, and the teachers’ travel expenses. Being a young foundation, we need a lot of support, so additional donations are very welcome! Please help us spread the word and bring some friends.
Most rooms are single rooms. A very limited number of twin rooms are available for couples. All come with ensuite toilet and shower, warm water, fan, and towels.
NB: An added cost of 500 baht per person per night applies if you wish to stay at the foundation after the retreat ends. Please inform us at time of registration.
Simple, healthy meals will be served, consisting of breakfast with fruit and yoghurt and Thai-style meals for lunch and dinner. Do let us know if you are vegetarian/vegan or have any food allergies.
Location: New Life Foundation
No. 49 Moo 1, Tambol Don Sila, Amphoe Wiang Chai, Chiang Rai, Thailand
The retreat fee does not include transportation to and from the retreat location. There are a number of low-cost carriers within Thailand and the Asia region if you would like to fly to Chiang Rai. Buses are also a good option. Taxis and tuk-tuks that will take you straight to the foundation can be hired at the airport or bus station.
For a detailed map and directions, see this page: http://www.newlifethaifoundation.com/contacts/
Things to bring:
– Warm clothing: in January evenings and mornings can be chilly
– Mosquito repellent: this is a natural environment and we do not use pesticides
– A bathing suit: if you would like to use the swimming pool or steam bath
– A torch: the path to our earthen meditation hall is very dark at night
– A refillable water bottle: we have a natural filtration system for drinking water
Some more background on Bikkhu Sukhacitto:
Bhikkhu Sukhacitto was born in Germany in 1963. He first came into contact with Buddhism in 1986 in Thailand by attending a meditation retreat, offered through Wat Suan Mokkh in Chaiya, Thailand. He ordained there as a novice in 1989 and as a Bhikkhu in 1990. Since 1993 he has lived at various monasteries in the West, including Dhammapala Monastery in Switzerland for six years. He is now based at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in Hertfordshire, near London. He did his first ID retreat with Gregory Kramer about 8 years ago in Switzerland and was struck by the power of this interpersonal approach to meditation. For 3 years, he has been training with Gregory and other senior teachers as an ID teacher, and offers retreats and introductions in different countries in Europe.
Bikkhu Sukhacitto will also give teachings in Bangkok at the Buddhadhasa Indapanno Archives (BIA) on Saturday 29 December, 2012, and Saturday January 19, 2013: