GREGORY KRAMER teaches meditation, writes, and is the Guiding teacher at the Metta Foundation. Metta is an international organization based in the U.S.A. and dedicated to a whole life understanding of Dhamma. He is the author of Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom, from Shambhala Publications; Dharma Contemplation: Meditating Together With Wisdom Texts; Seeding the Heart: Practicing Lovingkindness With Children; and other books and articles.
Gregory has practiced meditation since 1974, and studied with esteemed monks, including Anagarika Dhammadina, Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Maha Nayaka Thera, Achan Sobin Namto, and others. Gregory has been teaching meditation worldwide since 1980. At Metta Foundation, he has pioneered online meditation and contemplation practices.
His primary focus since 1995 has been developing and sharing Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal form of Buddhist insight meditation, and groups are now active worldwide. He also developed Dharma Contemplation, a text-based contemplation practice.
Gregory holds a Ph.D. in Learning and Change in Human Systems from CIIS. He co-founded Harvest With Heart, a hunger project in the Northeast United States, and Spiritual City Forum, an interfaith dialogue program in Portland, Oregon.
Formerly a composer and NEA Composition Fellow, he has made significant contributions to music technology, and holds multiple patents in the field. He is recognized as the founding figure of the field of data sonification. He founded the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD), published the first book in that field, and edited numerous white papers and journals on the topic. He holds patents in sonification and has lectured internationally in the field. Gregory lives in Orcas, Washington and is married and the father of three grown sons.