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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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2017-05-02 Instruction and Question-Response during Retreat 9:44
Instruction and Question-Response during Retreat (2017-05-02) - Topics include individualizing your meditation practice, working with the "tangles," forgiveness practice, and using the "nurturing" of RAIN.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2017 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2017-05-01 Instruction & Meditation: A Forgiving Heart 36:04
A forgiving heart clears the way for giving and receiving love freely. This talk and meditation explores where we have become habituated in blame towards ourselves and others, and a classic three part reflection that can loosen and release the armoring around our hearts.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2017 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2017-04-30 Radical Compassion – Part 1 58:27
Compassion is the medicine we most need as individuals and a species to heal suffering and free our spirits. The essence of compassion for ourselves and others – what I call Radical Compassion – has three key elements: it is an embodied experience (a felt sense of tenderness), it is inclusive all beings, and it naturally moves us to act from a caring heart. This two-part talk explores the alchemy of Radical Compassion and guides us in awakening this intrinsic expression of our evolutionary potential. A talk given on 4/30/2017 at the IMCW Spring Retreat
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2017 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2017-04-29 Meditation: Know That You're Here 9:59
Meditation: Know That You're Here, Right Here (2017-04-29) - Given the first morning of the 2017 IMCW Spring Retreat, this meditation guides you through a body scan, opens to sounds, then expands to the body as a field of sensation. With no closing bells, it can serve as a way to start a longer meditation sit, or to start your journey for the day.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2017 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2017-04-26 Relaxing the Over-Controller – Part I 51:50
We all have conditioning to do what we can to protect and promote our wellbeing. Our suffering arises to the degree that our life and identity become organized around controlling our experience. These two talks look at the emergence of the fear based “over-controller,” and explore a wise way of witnessing the suffering that comes with over-controlling, and awareness practices that naturally relax and awaken us to our whole and natural Being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-04-26 Meditation: The Center of Now 16:19
This meditation awakens our senses and then guides us to rest in the changing flow of experience. When the mind drifts, we are invited to relax back into full living presence, into that Beingness that is the center of now.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-04-05 Soul Recognition: The Practice of Namaste 52:19
In our daily trance we experience ourselves and others through a filter of wants, fears, stories and beliefs. Drawing on an engaging story from the legends of King Arthur, this talk explores how we can see past this conditioning by learning to see – in ourselves and others – vulnerability, goodness and awareness itself. Sometimes called “soul recognition,” this seeing is the essence of “Namaste” – realizing and honoring the sacredness that shines through all beings.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-04-05 Meditation: Awakening through the Inner Body 24:23
When we attune to the inner body, we discover a field of energy and aliveness that is the portal to pure presence. This meditation guides our attention to the inner body, opens to the play of sound and invites us to rest in the awake awareness that includes and is the grounds of this living world.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-03-29 Healing Addiction: De-conditioning the Hungry Ghosts 52:38
This talk examines the suffering that arises when due to unmet needs for love and safety, our desire becomes narrowed and fixated on substitute gratifications. We then explore how we can bring mindfulness and self-compassion to the habits of obsessing, over-consuming and hurting ourselves and others that keep us from true happiness, connectedness and peace.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-03-29 Meditation: Loving Presence – (with a smile body scan) 20:10
This guided meditation helps cultivate the heartspace that can hold our life with tenderness and grace. We begin by using the image and felt sense of a smile in a body scan, and then open to the spacious presence that includes the changing moment to moment flow of experience. The meditation closes with a few minutes of offering loving blessings to our inner life, dear ones in need and all beings.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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