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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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2017-07-26 Meditation – Relaxing into Sleep (no bell at end) 14:27
This meditation can help us to access a relaxed attentiveness, or alternately, serve as a pathway to ease-filled sleep.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-07-19 Love is Always Here 55:27
One expression of suffering is forgetting that we are intrinsically lovable and worthy. This talk looks at the pathway to trusting our belonging, and focuses on the healing that comes from letting in love and mirroring others goodness. Talk includes quotes from Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-07-12 Meditation: Relaxing with a Smile into Living Presence 14:59
This meditation guides us to awaken to sensation using the image of a smile and scanning through the body. We then open to sound and to the entire changing flow of experience. When we connect with the changing flow of sensations, feelings and sounds, we also discover the formless awareness that is our Source… and home. We end with a prayer that includes our own being and all beings.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-07-12 Radical Self-Honesty: The Joy of Getting Real 48:40
Our suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt, resisted parts of our psyche. This talk explores ways we can deepen self-honesty and reconnect to a wholeness of being that enables us to live with spontaneity, confidence, wisdom and love. A quote by Elizabeth Lessor from the talk: “My prayer to god every day: Remove the veils so I might see what is really happening here and not be intoxicated by my stories and my fears.” NOTE: Tara was away this week and asked for this favorite talk from 2014-11-05 be posted.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-07-05 Part 2: Refuge in the Wilderness – Coming Home to Embodied Presence 52:40
When we live from our mental control towers, we are in a trance that confines our life. These two talks look at the primary ways we are conditioned to leave embodied presence, and the consequence of unlived life—being cut off from our vitality, intelligence and compassion. We then explore the teachings and practices that guide us to reconnect to our senses, and the sacred presence that underlies all lived experience.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-07-05 Brief Meditation: Entering the Wilderness 6:00
We open to our full naturalness as we awaken the senses. This brief meditation guides us to open all the sense gates, and in that openness, experience the pure aliveness and awareness that is our essence. NOTE: listen to the full talk: Part 2: Refuge in the Wilderness – Coming Home to Embodied Presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-06-28 Meditation: Opening to Full Aliveness 17:43
This meditation includes relaxing and awakening through the body, widening the lens to include sound and then letting life live through us, receiving all that arises in open awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-06-28 Part 1: Refuge in the Wilderness – Coming Home to Embodied Presence 52:20
When we live from our mental control towers, we are in a trance that confines our life. These two talks look at the primary ways we are conditioned to leave embodied presence, and the consequence of unlived life—being cut off from our vitality, intelligence and compassion. We then explore the teachings and practices that guide us to reconnect to our senses, and the sacred presence that underlies all lived experience.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-06-21 Stories That Imprison Our Heart – Part 2 50:50
Our suffering arises from fear-based stories that are often outside our awareness. These include stories of our deficiency or importance, of being a victim, of being unseen or unloved, of facing failure or rejection. This is true collectively too. We have shared stories of bad “others” that fuel wars, shared stories of the value of continued growth in consumption and production that destroy our earth, shared stories of our human right to enslave and violate other animals. We have the capacity to bring the stories that separate and imprison us into the light of awareness, and with great compassion, loosen their grip. These two talks look at the ways fear-based stories create suffering, and how awakening from them reveals the freedom of our true, and universal, belonging.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-06-21 Meditation: Arriving in Embodied Presence 23:59
This guided meditation instruction includes: 1 – Arriving in embodied presence with senses awake, 2 – Further collecting the attention using a primary anchor or base, and 3 – Continuing to collect around an anchor or widening to rest in open, natural awareness – in presence with what is. Given as part of the morning guided meditation Instruction on the Spring 2017 IMCW Retreat.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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