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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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2016-03-09 Embodied Awareness- Embracing Unlived Life - Part 1 1:16:44
When we disconnect from the aliveness of our body, we are in a trance that prevents us from living and loving fully. These two talks examine our habits of dissociation, and the suffering of “unlived life” that this creates. We then look at how practices of mindfulness and compassion, guided by the acronym RAIN, enable us to re-enter our bodies, and discover the creativity, love and wisdom that naturally flow from embodied awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-03-02 Bodhichitta — The Awakened Heart - Part 2 1:20:26
While the brightness and warmth of our hearts is always here, like the sun when blocked by clouds, our intrinsic love can be obscured. These two talks explore how we become arrested in a confining story of separate self, and how remembering love releases us from this trance. The first talk emphasizes inner pathways of freeing our heart and the second talk explores awakening bodhichitta actively in relating with each other.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-02-24 Bodhichitta: The Awakened Heart - Part 1 1:29:22
While the brightness and warmth of our hearts is always here, like the sun when blocked by clouds, our intrinsic love can be obscured. These two talks explore how we become arrested in a confining story of separate self, and how remembering love releases us from this trance. The first talk emphasizes inner pathways of freeing our heart and the second talk explores awakening bodhichitta actively in relating with each other.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-02-17 The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening - Part 2 1:11:55
In spiritual life, inquiry arises from our deep yearning to understand reality, and it involves bringing an interested, engaged attention to our immediate experience. These two talks explore how inquiry serves emotional healing by focusing on difficult “stuck” places, how inquiry enables us to become more intimate and understanding of others, and in the deepest way, how inquiry can reveal the deepest truth of what we are…our true nature. The talks include several guided reflections that can enrich your meditation practice and serve spiritual awakening.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-02-10 The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening - Part 1 1:13:28
In spiritual life, inquiry arises from our deep yearning to understand reality, and it involves bringing an interested, engaged attention to our immediate experience. These two talks explore how inquiry serves emotional healing by focusing on difficult “stuck” places, how inquiry enables us to become more intimate and understanding of others, and in the deepest way, how inquiry can reveal the deepest truth of what we are…our true nature. The talks include several guided reflections that can enrich your meditation practice and serve spiritual awakening. "True inquiry doesn't land on an answer. It opens to a mystery that's meant to be lived."
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-02-03 Three Attitudes that Nourish a Liberating Practice 1:18:16
A key spiritual inquiry is, “In this moment, what most serves awakening?” Rather than a particular style of meditation practice, it is our way of relating to our experience - our attitude - that frees our hearts. This talk explores the attitudes that are an expression of our innately open, wakeful and loving awareness, and that carry us to realization.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-01-06 Gateways of Remembrance: The Three Refuges 1:17:40
This talk explores the traditional refuges of awareness (buddha nature), truth (dharma) and love (sangha) that are at the heart of Buddhism, and found in many spiritual and religious traditions. It includes a look at our false refuges - strategies that seek to comfort and gratify, but are temporary fixes - and moves into reflections that help us remember, trust and live from our true nature. (Concludes with a ceremony tying red cords in remembrance of the refuges.)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-12-31 Widening the Circles of Compassion 68:44
The archetypal figure of the Bodhisattva (“awakening being”) reflects our potential to realize our connectedness with all beings, and care for this living world with an open tender heart. This talk explores the four types of patterning that keep us stuck in the pain of separation and the key heart practices that evolve us on the bodhisattva path. "Compassion arises when you see the truth behind the veils."
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2015 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2015-12-29 Heart Meditation: The RAIN of Compassion 35:04
This new version of the acronym RAIN is a powerful way of bringing compassion to the life within you, and to attuning and deepening compassion for others.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2015 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2015-12-23 Secret Beauty - Solstice Talk 65:07
This solstice talk explores two pathways to realizing the Secret Beauty that is our essence. One is through the compassion that arises when we stay with vulnerability and suffering, and the other is through love that arises as we learn to see the goodness that shines through all beings.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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