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2014 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion

The New Year is a wonderful time to touch sacred presence and deepen our roots in spiritual life. In this silent retreat we will open our hearts and minds through practices of Vipassana (mindfulness meditation--both sitting and walking sessions), traditional heart meditations (metta), yoga (mindful movement) and evening chanting.

2014-12-26 (7 days) Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2014-12-27 Meditation: Awakening Loving Awareness (with instructions) 47:47
Tara Brach
2014-12-27 Softening the Gripped Mind 55:35
Ruth King
2014-12-29 Meditation: Grace, Forgiveness, Gratitude 55:52
Ruth King
2014-12-30 Meditation: The Luminous Space of Awareness 28:24
Tara Brach
This meditation shifts attention from form to the formless source of all Being. Discover and rest in continuous space, filled with the light of awareness.
2014-12-30 "Landlocked in Fur" - Three Domains of Formless Presence 65:45
Tara Brach
While we have evolved to experience a defining sense of separate self, our potential is to awaken to the formless dimension - the pure awareness is our shared source. This talk explores how we can undo the identification with thoughts, emotions and feelings that keeps us landlocked and unable to trust and live from our naturally loving and radiant essence. NOTE: beginning poem is "Landlocked in Fur," by Tukaram, from “Love Poems From God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West” (Ladinksy, 2002)
2014-12-31 Guided Heart Meditation with Instruction: Forgiving Ourselves and Others 33:05
Tara Brach
2014-12-31 The Bodhisattva Path: "If you knew me, and truly knew yourself, you would not have killed me." 60:42
Hugh Byrne
The bodhisattva path involves a training of our hearts to abandon unskillful states and cultivate qualities of love, compassion, and forgiveness--and envision actions to transform the suffering of others and the world. In the Rwandan genocide and the triumph of freedom and democracy in South Africa we see the suffering that comes from cultivating fear and hatred, and the potential for freedom and peace that results from cultivating forgiveness, compassion, and love. These recent events remind us how much our actions matter, and invite us to become bodhisattvas, committed to the awakening and freedom of all beings.
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