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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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2019-06-05 Meditation: Breath by Breath – Relaxing with Our Life 18:10
The breath can be a powerful portal to presence. This meditation guides us in relaxing with the breath, including the breath in a body scan, and then allowing the breath to serve as an anchor when the mind gets lost in thoughts. As we settle with the breath as a home base, we find we can then open to the changing waves of experience with increasing balance, clarity and ease.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-06-05 An Appropriate Response: Living from an Awake Heart 51:00
Much of our suffering comes from reacting to stressful situations with fear or aggression, rather than responding with wisdom and care. This talk explores the pathway of shifting from reacting to responding: this includes learning to pause, awakening the wings of mindfulness and kindness, and reconnecting with our deepest intention.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-05-29 Meditation: Opening to Life 20:48
This guided meditation includes a mindful body scan, and awakening all our senses to our moment to moment experience. We relax open to the presence that is unobscured by thoughts, letting life be just as it is.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-05-29 Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame – Part 3 52:57
Rumi invites us to find the barriers we’ve erected against love, and a universal one is blame. These three talks are an invitation to relax those barriers, and to open our hearts to our inner life and to all beings. Part I focuses on chronic self-judgment; Part 2 on the places of deep self-condemnation, and Part 3 on where we have locked into anger, blame or hatred of others. Each includes guided reflections that can support us in directly awakening beyond the confining thoughts and feelings of blame.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-05-22 Meditation: RAIN on Self-Blame 9:45
One of the greatest roots of suffering is being at war with ourselves. This meditation, based on the acronym RAIN (recognize-allow-investigate-nurture), guides us in releasing the armoring of blame, and relating to our inner life with greater understanding and compassion.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-05-15 Compassion Towards All: Moving toward a Plant Based Diet 21:34
For most of human history it’s been “normal” to eat non-human animals. This is now changing. We are awakening to the massive suffering of the billions of animals killed each day for food, the horrors of the animal-food industry, and the impact it has on climate change (second only to fossil fuels.) In this short talk Tara shares her personal story of transitioning to a vegan diet, and invites listeners to investigate, without judgment, their own choices in this domain.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-05-08 Trusting the Gold (retreat talk) 62:06
This talk looks at how our upbringing and culture lead us to mistrust who we are and become identified as a separate, deficient self. We then explore the practices of presence and self-inquiry that turn us toward the openness, tenderness and wakefulness of our Being. Our trust grows as we increasingly glimpse, embody and live from our natural Being. NOTE: This talk was given at the Spring 2019 IMCW 7-day Silent Retreat.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2019-05-07 Meditation: Releasing the Armor of Blame 35:22
We can’t will forgiveness, but we can be willing to bring presence to our wounds, and gradually let go of the blame that contracts and dulls our hearts.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2019-05-05 Meditation: Retreat Instructions, Day 2 34:56
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2019-05-04 Meditation - First Morning 16:58
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life

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