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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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2018-05-03 Meditation: The Silence That’s Listening 27:15
Listening to sounds is a powerful way to quiet the thinking mind and connect with the natural openness of awareness. In this guided meditation, we begin by opening to sound and then listening to and feeling the whole changing flow of life – allowing whatever is here to be just as it is. In the foreground, we notice the dance of sensations, thoughts, emotions…rising up and falling away. And in the background, a wakeful, receptive presence – the silence that is listening. When we let go of all doing and relax back into this alert stillness, we sense our true nature…our home. In words from the Tibetan tradition: “Utterly awake, senses wide open. Utterly open, non-fixating, allowing awareness.”
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2018 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2018-05-01 Meditation – Spring Morning on Retreat 33:46
In this guided meditation, we include an overview of different components of mindfulness practice. The reflection includes a body scan, establishing a home base for attention, and care in how to arrive in full presence after being lost in thought. We then explore opening mindfully to different experiences and the simple and liberating practice of “being here,” letting life be just as it is.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2018 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2018-04-30 Short Talk & Meditation: Forgiving and Freeing Our Hearts 36:52
Forgiveness for others becomes possible when we’ve held our own being with great compassion. This short talk and guided meditation brings forth our most awake and tender presence as we ask for forgiveness, offer care to the woundedness within us, and then extend forgiveness to another who has hurt us.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2018 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2018-04-29 After the RAIN (retreat talk) 69:49
This talk offers an in-depth exploration of RAIN, applying the wings of mindfulness and compassion to painful domains of trance. We bring special attention to the fruit of RAIN, the realization of who we are beyond any limiting identity.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2018 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2018-04-25 Meditation: Cultivating a Clear and Relaxed Presence 22:00
This guided meditation begins with a calming breath to quiet the mind and relax the body. Following this, we establish our presence with an anchor – the breath, sound or sensation – and practice “coming back” from distractions, and including whatever direct experience asks for our kind attention. The meditation ends with a short loving kindness prayer.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-04-25 Responding to Change with a Wise Heart 54:48
An intrinsic part of spiritual life is facing the truth of impermanence. When we open to the changing flow without resistance, we naturally cherish this passing life, and realize the timeless, changeless awareness that is our true home. Yet we are conditioned to grasp on to the passing pleasures (and all that we love) and resist the inevitable arising of stress and unpleasant experience. This talk includes teachings and guided reflections that help us identify the ways we are reacting to major changes in our life. We explore how to shift from reacting to meeting impermanence with an allowing presence, and then responding to our circumstances with wisdom and compassion.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-04-18 Meditation: Mind Like a Vast Sky 18:12
This meditation opens with listening and discovering the sky-like awareness that includes changing sounds, thoughts, feelings and sensations. The sounding of bells and chimes assists in connecting to and resting in the boundless and loving awareness that is our true home.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-04-18 Listening with an Awake Heart – Part 2 58:35
Deep listening – to our inner life, each other and our world – is an intrinsic expression of our awakened heart. Yet because we have strong conditioning to be caught in wants and fears, there is often much interference in the field of communications. These two talks are an opportunity to intentionally deepen your capacity to listen in a way that leads to increased understanding and connection. You’ll have the opportunity to investigate what gets between you and deep listening, and to practice the key elements that nurture receptive presence. The second talk includes questions and responses that focus on having an agenda instead of listening, the feeling that we don’t have enough time, listening when we feel reactive (hurt, defensive, intimidated, angry) and the need to feel heard.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-04-11 Meditation: A Listening, Receptive Awareness 23:56
The capacity to truly listen allows us to realize the vast and sensitive awareness that is our true essence. This meditation focuses on listening to sounds, and then listening to and feeling the whole changing flow of life. When carried off by thought, we notice and then relax back into a receptive and listening presence. There’s nothing to do, simply letting life be as it is, and resting in the freedom of awake, open awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-04-11 Listening with an Awake Heart - Part 1 50:22
Deep listening - to our inner life, each other and our world - is an intrinsic expression of our awakened heart. Yet because we have strong conditioning to be caught in wants and fears, there is often much interference in the field of communications. These two talks are an opportunity to intentionally deepen your capacity to listen in a way that leads to increased understanding and connection. You’ll have the opportunity to investigate what gets between you and deep listening, and to practice the key elements that nurture receptive presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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