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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

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2013-04-17 Entering the Mystery 1:19:10
  Tara Brach
John O'Donahue writes, "We are so busy managing our lives, we forget this great mystery we are involved in." This talk looks at the ways we pull away from the mystery and the path of "beginners mind" that enables us to encounter this living world with freshness, courage and wonder.
2013-04-24 Letting Go Into Living and Dying 1:19:51
  Tara Brach
Our capacity to live and love fully is directly related to our acceptance of change and loss. This talk explores how we avoid the pain of loss, ways of practicing that open us to this changing world, and the gifts of letting go into the flow.
2013-05-08 Remembering Being 1:14:51
  Tara Brach
Our fear-based doings block us from realizing the formless dimension of our Being, and living from that source of wisdom and love. This talk explores the habitual control strategies that keep us from presence; and the role of mindfulness and lovingkindness in reconnecting with the ground of Being.
2013-05-15 Releasing the Barriers to Unconditional Love 1:23:24
  Tara Brach
We long for love and habitually armor our hearts. This talk explores the aggression and clinging that protect our wound of feeling unlovable, and the ways that mindfulness can dissolve our defenses and reveal our inner refuge of pure loving presence.
2013-05-22 Being to Being - Loving Beyond the Trance 1:22:52
  Tara Brach
We have strong conditioning to relate to each other from a sense of separateness--persona to persona. This talk looks at what traps us in egoic relating and how several simple yet powerful reflections can open us to pure, unconditioned loving.
2013-05-29 Practicing Meditation: "Getting Out Of Your Own Way" 1:16:31
  Tara Brach
The depth and vitality of a meditation practice depends on our sincerity, and an attitude of curiosity and friendliness. With this as the grounds, our practice will cultivate the clear seeing and openheartedness that expresses our deepest nature. This talk covers basic ingredients in a meditation practice, and includes a half hour of questions and responses.
2013-06-26 Part 1: Hope and the Spiritual Path 1:23:30
  Tara Brach
This talk looks at the difference between egoic hopes and fears, and the quality of hopefulness ("holy hope") that is an essential dimension in spiritual experience. We reflect on the three components of hope that serve awakening: Aspiration, Trust and Dedication of energy.
2013-07-03 Part 2: Hope and the Spiritual Path 1:24:38
  Tara Brach
In this talk we further define the nature of mature or spiritual hope as part of a trinity that includes trust and love, and explore what blocks its unfolding. We then review how different people have "hit bottom" and found their way to the energy, receptivity and openness of hope.
2013-07-17 Absolute Cooperation With the Inevitable 1:22:59
  Tara Brach
This talk addresses common misunderstandings about acceptance (allowing, "letting be") and explores the challenges and blessings of opening to the raw emotions that we habitually avoid.
2013-07-24 Three Gestures of Love 1:22:25
  Tara Brach
If we inquire "what is between me and presence" we usually find we've been caught inside a limiting story of self, contracted by wants and fears. This talk explores a simple yet powerful way of arousing loving presence and dissolving the narrow identification that keeps us from inhabiting our awakened heartmind.
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