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The Power of Relationship on a Noble, Whole-Life Eightfold Path

A Gaia House online course with Gregory Kramer

Wednesday, 5, 12, 19 and 26 May 2021

7.00 pm – 8.30 pm (British Summer Time)


This course is open to all, including beginners and those with experience. Please join us.


GREGORY KRAMER teaches meditation, writes, and is the founding teacher of the Insight Dialogue Community. His most recent book is Whole-Life Path: A Lay Buddhist’s Guide to Crafting a Dhamma-Infused Life. He is also the author of Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom, Dharma Contemplation: Meditating Together with Wisdom Texts, Seeding the Heart: Practicing Lovingkindness with Children, and other books and articles. His primary focuses are sharing a relational understanding of the Dhamma and teaching Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal form of Buddhist insight meditation. He has been teaching worldwide since 1980. For more, visit gregorykramer.org

Listen to one of Gregory Kramer's Talks given at Gaia House on 04.10.2010: Retreat is Part of Life: What Now? (42:02)


Retreat description

Relationships can be complex; they can be lovely, challenging or somewhere in between. That’s because we humans are deeply relational creatures. We evolved that way. Being with others is complex. Relatedness is a major force in our lives. This series of talks by Gregory Kramer will explore how we can engage the power of our inherent relational sensitivities in service of awakening and deep human care. Gregory will teach four sessions on the wholesome function of relationships in the noble eightfold path. We know the Buddha named good friendship as essential to the holy life. But why, exactly? And how can we walk this Dhamma path with others? Each week, Gregory will focus on a specific path factor and highlight the role of spiritual friends in each. These will include the luminous practice of relational mindfulness, why right view depends upon engagement with other people, the enormous power of shared intention, and how we can support each other in right action and right livelihood.

This course is based on Gregory’s book A Whole-Life Path. Although this is not required reading to participate, the book will contribute to a deeper understanding of the material.


Each session will include Insight Dialogue practice*, a formal practice of bringing together meditative awareness, Buddhist wisdom teachings, and human’s natural relatedness, so that we can experience Dhamma friendship at work.

* If you would like more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, see https://insightdialogue.org/relational-practices/insight-dialogue/


Please make a commitment to attend all four evenings.

So that we can manage the Insight Dialogue practice groups effectively, once registered, if you are no longer able to attend, please let us know by email onlineretreat@gaiahouse.co.uk.  Thank you.

Using Zoom

This online course will use the Zoom platform. For support with learning how to use Zoom, please click here to read the guidance we’ve put together on our website. Please read the first section, ‘Using Zoom’, before registering.


If you have any questions regarding this course, you can send an email to info@gaiahouse.co.uk We will respond as quickly as possible, but we have a reduced team during this time so we apologise if you have to wait longer than usual.


None of your registration fee goes to the teacher. Gaia House teachers rely on the generosity of students for their livelihood. There will be an opportunity to make a dana offering to your teacher at the end of the event.

Click here to read more about the practice of dana.

If you would like to offer dana to Gregory, the following methods are available:


Dana can also be offered to Gaia House’s residential service team via our website here: https://gaiahouse.co.uk/support-us/.

Whilst our retreat centre remains closed, this team is taking care of Gaia House on the ground, as well as offering tech support for online retreats and responding to email and telephone enquiries.

With deep appreciation for your generosity.

Well-being guidelines - please click here to read before booking

Before you book, please read these guidelines about mental well-being and silent retreats:

Meditation retreats can be very nourishing; however, as they require sustained meditation practice, they also need some stability of psychological health. If you have recently (within the past year or so) experienced significant trauma or psychiatric illness, or if you are currently experiencing acute emotional distress such as serious depression or anxiety, it may not be the best time for you to participate in a retreat. The teachers might not be able to give you the kind of individual psychological care you need at this time. A setting with more opportunities for interpersonal engagement may be more appropriate.

  • If you are currently under the care of a mental health professional, please discuss your attendance with them. You should be in a relatively stable period of mental well-being and have adequate psychological resilience.
  • If you have any questions about this, please contact Susanne using the email address, retreatmanager@gaiahouse.co.uk

Registration for the course


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