• Don’t blame the trigger On this course on a relational mediation framework called Insight Dialogue, we have spoken about right speech inner and outer, and about Papancha. In this post, I want to deal more practically with what to do with that pesky inner narrative as we start to become more aware of it in the pause of this practice. […] No responses October 7, 2018
  • Dear Students I have just spent my last morning before spring break reading blog posts from you all. I wish the wisdom and engagement with learning could be ‘out here’ on the web for others to learn from rather than ‘in there’ jailed inside Blackboard. I have been touched by what you have written, I feel privileged […] No responses March 11, 2018
  • Papañca So, my head has not been like this at the start of this semester, The mess in this animated gif, showing that ‘pesky habit mind’ is called, in Buddhism, papañca (pali and pronounced papancha); a term I have come to love because it describes mental proliferations in such an onomatopoeic way. Let me start with […] One response February 9, 2017
  • A lump of Foam No responses February 12, 2016
  • What is the ‘insight’ in Insight Dialogue? This week we are starting to look at the influences on Gregory Kramer in the shaping of Insight Dialogue (ID) as a practice. My students are starting to read David Bohm and I am asking questions to help guide their conversations in the learning management system. One of my students notes that I asked different […] No responses February 12, 2016
  • Insight Dialogue in context Many people are interested in mindfulness practice as found in various Buddhist traditions. The existence of this programme is but one example of current interest. Gregory Kramer’s key insight was that there is a deep divide between individual meditation practice and a life lived with others. He devised a way to bring the meditative state […] No responses February 5, 2015
  • Dialoguing with text A close reading is used in poetry interpretation. It can be done alone or in a group. The ideas that follow are based on work by Jenny Mackness and after her participation in an Modern Poetry course to study the pedagogy of said course. The course uses collaborative close readings as a pedagogical vehicle to teach […] One response February 5, 2015
  • What does mindfulness have to do with french fries? “When you work with your computer for three or four hours, you are totally lost. It’s like eating french fries. You shouldn’t eat french fries all day, and you shouldn’t be on the computer all day. A few french fries, a few hours, are probably all most of us need.” Thich Nhat Hanh also tells […] No responses January 27, 2015