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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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2008-12-17 The Undefended Heart 1:21:42
Our dedication to not pushing anyone--or any part of ourselves--out of our hearts, serves the healing of our world. This talk includes a short guided meditation on opening to our human vulnerability and forgiving another person.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-12-10 Relaxed Attentiveness 1:14:37
While the heart of meditation is resting in open awareness, our conditioning to be distracted and reactive can keep us on the wheel of suffering. We awaken from trace by developing skillful ways of paying attention that create the environment for natural presence. This natural awareness, while sometimes hidden, is always here: It is our true home.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-11-26 Thanksgiving 2008 - Living The Life Fully - Gratitude And Generosity 1:19:23
While generosity and gratitude are natural capacities, our conditioning to want life different can often keep us from living from a free and open heart. This talk explores three gateways to awakening and expressing love in our daily life.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-11-19 The Three Characteristics - part 3: No-Self 1:15:30
At the center of the Buddhist teachings is the understanding that the passing phenomena of this world--sounds, sensations, thoughts, bodies and minds--have no self at the center, no self as owner, and are not happening to a self. In other words, our familiar sense of self is an illusion. When there is full presence, a presence not filtered by thoughts, this illusion dissolves, freeing us to realize our true nature. This talk exploring the teachings of no-self, or emptiness, includes several reflections and practices that guide us in awakening to this essential and liberating truth.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-11-12 The Three Characteristics - part 2: Impermanence 46:03
The Buddha taught that when our understanding of impermanence is direct and non-conceptual, it is liberating. By directly opening to the radical impermanence of all experience, including the truth of our own mortality, we discover the natural capacity to let go. With this "mind that clings to no thing" awakens wisdom, authentic spontaneity and a natural cherishing of life.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-11-05 The Three Characteristics - part 1: Unsatisfactoriness 1:20:03
The Buddha described three basic and interrelated insights into nature of reality that are revealed through a clear and deep attention. Called "the three characteristics," these insights include dukkha (unsatisfactoriness), annicha (impermanence) and annata (selflessness or emptiness). In the first of this three week series of talks, we explore the meaning of dukkha, how we directly recognize the varied expressions of dukkha and it's gift when met with full presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-10-15 Equanimity In The Face Of Conflict 67:02
This talk, given on the eve of a presidential debate, explores how we can awaken from the conditioning that turns us against ourselves and others. The guided meditation offers an opportunity to choose a place of conflict and reactivity with others, and discover what is possible when we turn towards our deepest wisdom and compassion.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-10-01 Inviting Mara To Tea 1:12:00
One of the great archetypal themes in the Buddha's life is facing Mara, the shadow side of greed, hatred and delusion. Rather than being seduced, fighting or running away, the Buddha simply recognized Mara's presence and invited him to tea. This talk and guided meditation explores the theme of a radical and engaged presence, and how it directly translates into a sacred path of healing and freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-09-24 Soul Retrieval 1:12:07
When we become stressed and reactive, we lose contact with our natural spontaneity, wisdom and openheartedness. This talk investigates the ways we become caught in the stress-trance and the key elements in awakening: pausing and remindfulness. Using the gateway of the senses, we explore both the pathway of presence and the gifts of reconnecting with soul, spirit, essence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-09-17 A Committed Presence 66:46
Our conditioning is to feel separate, creating an "other" out there, and often being at war with ourselves. By cultivating a committed presence we awaken beyond this conditioning. This talk includes stories and reflections that identify limiting beliefs and reveal our intrinsic oneness and love.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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