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Tara Brach's Dharma Talks
Tara Brach
A pervasive but often invisible source of suffering in our culture is self-aversion. We are a busy culture, and we move through our life feeling anxious and dissatisfied, but not fully conscious of how we neglect or judge our inner experience. We suffer from a lack of belonging: to our own bodies, to each other and to the earth. When we practice Buddhist meditation, we learn how to listen deeply and hold our life tenderly.
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2017-02-22 Listening to the Song – Part I 49:01
Listening is more than a communications skill, it is a capacity that awakens our awareness. As we learn to listen inwardly, we begin to understand and care for the life that is here. And as we listen to others, that same intimacy emerges. In this two-part series we examine the blocks to listening and the practices that cultivate this essential domain of human potential. Our focus is both on the transformational power of listening in our personal lives, and also the necessity for deep listening if we are to bring healing to our wider society. "Listening is the forerunner. If we don’t listen to the pain within and around us, we can’t respond."
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-02-15 Being Truthful 54:05
The grounds of happiness, loving relationships and a just and flourishing society is honesty. And yet our current times are characterized by a plethora of deception – both societally, and often in more subtle ways, in our personal lives. This talk examines the deep conditioning we have to deceive others, and to avoid facing and acknowledging our own vulnerability. We then explore how we can commit ourselves to deepening our truth telling, and in so doing, creating a climate of integrity and trust that can lead to a more compassionate world.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-02-15 Meditation: Sitting Like a Mountain 25:28
Meditation can empower us as we learn to access our potential for stability, strength and openness. This meditation calls on the image of a mountain as we awaken our body and mind to a full, vibrant presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-02-08 Trusting Our Awakening Heart 50:51
The more we trust that our awareness and heart are awakening, the more we find ease, grace and true empowerment in our lives. This talk explores two pathways of deepening our sense of belonging and trust: direct presence with the pain of separation, and turning toward the loving presence that is increasingly manifesting through these human forms. ” … we need people who are able to respond from the heart – not from an angry or egoic reactivity, but from real wisdom.”
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-02-08 Meditation: At Home in the Moment 20:06
This meditation cultivates a gentle, wakeful presence in the body, with the “smile down” and then guides us to resting in a home base of sensations or the breath. We then open to whatever arises with a clear and inclusive attention, saying Yes to the life that is here.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-02-08 Reflection: Heart Wisdom of your Future Self 9:19
By connecting with your future self, this reflection guides you in accessing the deep wisdom and unconditional love of your own awakening heart. “I returned to the river. I returned to the mountains. I begged – I begged to wed every object and creature. And when they accepted, God was ever present in my arms. And He did not say, ‘Where have you been?’ For then I knew my soul – every soul – has always held him.” Excerpt from: When I Was the Forest – Meister Eckhart NOTE: this reflection from the closing of Tara’s talk: Trusting Our Awakening Heart
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-01-25 Darkness of the Womb - Four Key Steps in Transforming Suffering 68:13
We can either repeat old fear based patterns, or our suffering can awaken us to a deeper wisdom and greater love. This talk explores four principles in relating to difficulty that move us towards healing and freedom - both personally and as a society.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-01-18 Your Awake Heart Is Calling You 1:12:01
As individuals and societies, we are pulled by both the insecurity of our evolutionary past, and by our awake heart, our capacity for mindfulness and compassion. This talk explores the ways we can listen to and respond to the call of our awake heart, by training ourselves to open to vulnerability (our own and others) and widen the circles of compassion.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-01-11 Dissolving Trance with RAIN 1:12:46
One of the pervasive expressions of trance is identifying with a limited and separate sense of self. This talk contrasts the self-trance to our intrinsically open, awake and loving awareness. We then explore how the mindfulness and self-compassion in the RAIN practice can directly dissolve trance and reconnect us to our true nature.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-01-04 Refuge in Truth, Love and Awareness 1:12:05
The three archetypal refuges of truth, love and awareness are interweaving pathways home found in most spiritual traditions. This talk looks at our habitual pursuit of substitutes to feel happy, and reflects on how we awaken through each true refuge. The talk ends with a living ritual anyone can participate in that helps us remember these refuges as we move through our lives.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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