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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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2018-03-07 Awakening Our Body’s Awareness – Part 1 51:13
Mindful awareness of our bodies is a portal to full aliveness, wisdom and love. These two classes will explore the trance that takes us away from our body, the pathways home, ways of working with pain, and the gifts of an embodied presence. “Inside this clay jug there are canyons and pine mountains, and the maker of canyons and mountains! All seven oceans are inside, and hundreds of millions of stars.” ― Kabir
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-02-28 Meditation: The Space and Aliveness of Presence 21:54
We arrive in presence by deepening attention in the body; relaxing and awakening through a body scan. That presence deepens as we bring our attention to the space of awareness that includes the changing flow of sounds, sensations and feelings. In that wholeness of formlessness and form, we discover our natural being - open, awake and tender.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-02-21 Meditation: The Heartspace Where All is Welcome 18:14
This meditation scans through the body, and awakens attention to the open, inclusive awareness that all life arises in. We then explore experiencing that openness in the region of the heart, saying yes to life and including whatever is here with unconditional presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-02-21 Joy – Part 3 of Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love 51:21
Part 3: Joy – blossoms in the moments our hearts open boundlessly to reality, to the 10,000 joys and sorrows. This series reflects on four primary expressions of an awake, wise heart: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In each talk we explore the habitual patterning that blocks our full realization of these innate capacities, and the understandings and practices that nurture their unfolding.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-02-14 Meditation: Awareness is Our Home 21:29
This guided practice helps us come into our senses through a body scan. We then rest in the awareness that is listening to and feeling the changing flow of experience. When the mind drifts, the return is a relaxing back to our senses, and to the sea of awareness that includes and experiences the waves of life.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-02-14 Compassion – Part 2 of Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love 51:48
Part 2: Compassion – the tender resonance of heart – awakens as we allow ourselves to be touched by our shared vulnerability. This series reflects on four primary expressions of an awake, wise heart: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In each talk we explore the habitual patterning that blocks our full realization of these innate capacities, and the understandings and practices that nurture their unfolding.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-02-07 Meditation: Living Presence 20:58
This meditation guides us to awaken to our senses through scanning through the body and then listening to sounds. When distracted by thoughts we relax open again and again, learning to rest in the formless awareness that includes sounds, sensations and all passing experience.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-02-07 Lovingkindness – Part 1 of Present Heart: The Universal Expressions of Love 54:07
Part 1: Lovingkindness – We awaken our natural lovingkindness by learning to attend to and take in the goodness of this life. This series reflects on four primary expressions of an awake, wise heart: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In each talk we explore the habitual patterning that blocks our full realization of these innate capacities, and the understandings and practices that nurture their unfolding.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-01-31 Meditation: Beyond the Veil of Thinking 20:25
This meditation awakens us to the space and aliveness in these bodies, and to resting in wakeful openness. When we get lost in thought, we practice relaxing open, and exploring the gap between thoughts. By opening beyond the veil of thinking, we discover the Beingness that is home.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-01-31 Part 3 of 3 – Freedom from Othering: Undoing the Myths that Imprison Us 52:20
A primary source of our suffering is the conditioning to create “bad other,” or “inferior other.” This same conditioning leads us to creating a bad self and turn on ourselves. These three talks explore how we subscribe to societal myths and beliefs that perpetuate this “bad othering,” and “bad selfing.” They then guide us in bring a healing attention that can reveal the goodness that lives through all beings, and our innate connectedness. A core teaching is, “the boundary to who we include in our hearts is the boundary to our freedom.”
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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