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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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2016-11-16 "Play a Greater Part" - Bodhisattva for our Times - Part 1 69:16
During scary and uncertain times, the habitual reflex is to try to find ground by creating stories about what’s happening and hardening into us-them blame. This only perpetuates the aggression and violence that is so prevalent in our societies. These two talks are a reflection on how we as awakening bodhisattvas can evolve our consciousness in a way that serves authentic societal healing and transformation.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-11-10 Trusting the Gold 69:56
When we are unaware of the emotions and beliefs that shape our experience, we are in a trance characterized by an identity as a separate, incomplete self. Trance obscures the awareness and love that is our deepest essence. This talk explores the two key pathways of awakening from trance and recognizing and trusting the gold of our true nature.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2016 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2016-11-07 Morning Instruction with Question and Response 13:45
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2016 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2016-11-06 The Wings of Awakening - Self-Honesty and Love 62:25
We evolve our consciousness by bringing a clear and kind attention to the tangles of suffering. This talk explores how the "second arrow" of self-judgment imprisons us in emotional reactivity, and the pathways of awakening awareness that reconnect us with our full human potential.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2016 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2016-11-05 Heart Meditation: Taking In the Goodness 24:56
Rumi said, “Whenever some kindness comes to you, turn that way – toward the source of kindness.” This meditation guides us to look for the source of loving and to turn in that direction. It begins with a lovingkindness practice that spreads the image of a smile into the body, then continues with a practice of seeing the goodness of ourselves and others. “What’s it like when you communicate your appreciation of goodness to another person?”
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2016 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2016-11-02 Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times - Part 2 68:50
The shadow is the unfaced, unlived fears and emotional pain in our individual and collective psyche. When not brought into awareness it expresses as “no” - the anger, aggression, hopelessness and cynicism that is resisting and opposing life. In this talk we explore how to evolve our consciousness by bringing “yes” - clarity and loving acceptance - to the parts of our being we have been unwilling to feel. This loving “yes” reconnects us to our basic goodness and helps others do the same.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-10-26 Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times 63:59
On both individual and societal levels, suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt parts of our psyche. This talk looks at two interrelated ways of practice that help us to awaken from a limiting self-sense characterized by “something is wrong with me, or you.” In addition to guided meditations, our time includes sharing from participants.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-10-19 Seeking What’s True – Within Ourselves, Beyond Our Self, With Each Other – (Part 3) 66:32
The ground of the spiritual path is realizing the nature of reality and living our lives from this awakened heart and mind. The first of this three-part series examines the process of radical self-honesty – the non-judgmental recognition of what’s going on inside us, and especially what has been outside of our conscious awareness. The second talk deepens this process with the practices of self-inquiry, looking directly into the one who is seeking truth. The third part explores the challenges and blessings of honesty in our relationships.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-10-12 Seeking What’s True – Within Ourselves, Beyond Our Self, With Each Other – (Part 2 of 3) 1:12:41
The ground of the spiritual path is realizing the nature of reality and living our lives from this awakened heart and mind. The first of this three-part series examines the process of radical self-honesty – the non-judgmental recognition of what’s going on inside us, and especially what has been outside of our conscious awareness. The second talk deepens this process with the practices of self-inquiry, looking directly into the one who is seeking truth. The third part explores the challenges and blessings of honesty in our relationships.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-10-05 Seeking What’s True – Within Ourselves, Beyond Our Self, With Each Other – (Part 1 of 3) 1:11:31
The ground of the spiritual path is realizing the nature of reality and living our lives from this awakened heart and mind. The first of this three-part series examines the process of radical self-honesty – the non-judgmental recognition of what’s going on inside us, and especially what has been outside of our conscious awareness. The second talk deepens this process with the practices of self-inquiry, looking directly into the one who is seeking truth. The third part explores the challenges and blessings of honesty in our relationships.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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