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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.
2022-04-13 Responding with Heart to Painful Times: A Conversation with Tara and Frank Ostaseski 1:14:16
with Frank Ostaseski
Our world is changing faster than we can compute or process. Accompanying these changes are a growing violence, deepening divides, great loss and much uncertainty and fear. In this week’s talk, I’m joined by Frank Ostaseski to explore teachings and practices that can support us in meeting our inner life and our world with kindness and awareness. Our time includes engagement with those present in a live event.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2022 IMCW Spring Retreat: Flexing the Five Strengths
2022-04-13 Meditation: Present Heart 14:15
We awaken a present heart by relaxing with the breath, and bringing the kindness of a smile into our bodily experience. This meditation ends with offering blessings to our inner life and all beings.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2022 IMCW Spring Retreat: Flexing the Five Strengths
2022-04-06 Meditation: Meeting Life with a Spacious Heart 22:00
Especially when we’re stressed, we need pathways to an allowing, kind presence. This meditation guides us to relax and open through our bodies, and then meet changing waves of experience with a sea of awareness that is intrinsically allowing and tender.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2022-04-06 Relationships – from Reactivity to Rechoosing Love 51:38
Most of us have habitual ways we create separation from others. This talk takes a look at the roots of our emotional reactivity and ways our meditation practice can foster more loving connection in our lives.
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2022-03-30 Meditation: Entrusting Yourself to the Waves 20:27
By not resisting, by letting the waves wash through us, we began to relax. Rather than fighting the stormy surges, we rest in an ocean of awareness that embraces all the moving waves. We arrive in a sanctuary that feels large enough to hold whatever was going on.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2022-03-30 Compassion toward Non-Human Animals - A Conversation between Konda Mason and Tara Brach 68:20
with Konda Mason
The medicine our world most needs is compassion, and it is crucial that this include all living beings. Our societal conditioning blinds us to the horror of suffering experienced by non-human animals through our cruel system of factory farming. This conversation looks at how facing and responding to this suffering is necessary for the freedom of our own hearts, and the healing of the world.
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2022-03-23 Meditation: Inhabiting Our Body, Realizing Wholeness 24:13
Awakening awareness in the body is the portal to resting in boundless and dynamic presence. This guided practice scans the body from feet up, and helps us inhabit all parts of our body. As we open to the aliveness and space inside the body, we discover a permeability that allows us to inhabit the universe of aliveness and space, form and formlessness. With this homecoming to whole beingness is an intrinsic experience of freedom.
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2022-03-23 Being Embodied: Gateway to Aliveness and Spirit – Part 2 57:11
All that we cherish—creativity, love, wisdom, realization—arises from an embodied presence. Yet as we know, the wounds and trauma of our society and individual lives leads toward dissociation. These two talks look at the challenges to awakening through our bodies, and the practices and teachings that guide us on the path.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2022-03-16 Meditation: Embodied Spirit 16:54
Experiencing our aliveness through our senses is the gateway to resting in formless loving presence. This meditation guides us to awakening through our body, and recognizing the backdrop of silence, of awake awareness, that is the source of all being.
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2022-03-16 Being Embodied: Gateway to Aliveness and Spirit – Part 1 47:18
All that we cherish—creativity, love, wisdom, realization—arises from an embodied presence. Yet as we know, the wounds and trauma of our society and individual lives leads toward dissociation. These two talks look at the challenges to awakening through our bodies, and the practices and teachings that guide us on the path (re-mastered talk from 2021).
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

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