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Please join Mary Burns and Bhante Sukhacitto for a day long Insight Dialogue Retreat investigating and cultivating human goodness.

In this daylong retreat, silent and walking meditation will be interwoven with periods of structured Insight Dialogue contemplations exploring Buddhist teachings on wholesome mind states called the Brahma Viharas (loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, equanimity). Together we will cultivate these beneficial attitudes of the human heart-mind with the support of the six Insight Dialogue guidelines.

Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha and the power of relationship to support insight into the nature, causes, and release of human suffering. In Insight Dialogue, we engage in a carefully guided practice of meditation while listening and speaking with others.

Previous meditation experience is highly desirable but not essential.


Mary Burns is an Insight Dialogue Teacher who offers retreats worldwide. In her life and work, she has been drawn to the intersection of Eastern and Western healing practices and has had the good fortune to study with many gifted teachers. Mary has also taught Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for many years and is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Chapel Hill, NC.

Bhante Sukhacitto is an Insight Dialogue Teacher who was born and lives in Germany. He ordained as a monk in 1990 and has lived at various monasteries, including Dhammapala Monastery in Switzerland and Amaravati Monastery in the UK. In 2016 Bhante Sukhacitto founded Kalyana Mitta Vihara, or “House of Noble Friendship,” where relational practice is part of the living.


Bhante and Mary are offering guidance for the day without fee. Dani Mouwad is also offering his Eco-Heal meeting building for the retreat without fee. It's a lovely, environmentally friendly structure.

Participants will have an opportunity to offer dana for this retreat to support the continuation of these teachings, and to support Dani’s efforts toward building with wise and sustainable materials.

Location: 6417 Pathway Court, Chapel Hill NC 27516
Date and Time: Sunday November 4, 9 am to 5:30 pm (Please note that daylight saving times ends at 2 am on Sunday.)
Registration: To register or make inquiries please email

We will share a silent hour-long lunch together. Please bring your own bag lunch. We will offer only water as a beverage.

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