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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.
2022-07-06 Meditation: Cultivating a Gentle, Kind Attention 19:45
This meditation calls on the image and felt sense of a smile as we scan through the body, and invites a receptive and caring presence, as we open our attention to the changing flow of life.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2022-07-06 Navigating the Dark Ages 43:42
How do we process and respond to increasing societal oppression and violence? What helps us transform the energies of fear, hatred and delusion? This talk offers ways we can draw on our spiritual path to steady our heart and engage with presence, wisdom and care.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2022-06-29 Meditation: Letting Go 20:53
One way of understanding meditation is a letting go of the habitual clenching of thoughts, the clenching that resists emotions and pulls away from aliveness itself. This meditation guides us in letting go, first through the body, and then practicing letting go of thoughts and relaxing and resting in the changing flow of experience. The blessing of letting go is a homecoming into the truth and wholeness of what we are, a realization of reality, and freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2022-06-29 The Path of Spiritual Surrender: Part 2 49:03
Cultivating a surrendering presence allows us to release the identity of a small, separate self, and open to the truth and fullness of who we are. These two talks explore misunderstandings about surrender (such as the fear that we will become passive or condone injustice) and the practices that create the grounds for surrender, emotional healing, transformational activism and spiritual freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2022-06-22 The Path of Spiritual Surrender: Part 1 55:01
Cultivating a surrendering presence allows us to release the identity of a small, separate self, and open to the truth and fullness of who we are. These two talks explore misunderstandings about surrender (such as the fear that we will become passive or condone injustice) and the practices that create the grounds for surrender, emotional healing, transformational activism and spiritual freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2022-06-22 Meditation: Befriending Your Inner Life 16:07
This meditation establishes a gentle and caring presence through bringing the image and felt sense of a smile to various domains in the body. We then settle with the breath, and practice relaxing with whatever arises, letting life be just as it is. The underlying intention is to regard all experience with a clear, interested and friendly attention. The gift is a homecoming to our naturally loving presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2022-06-15 Meditation: Relaxing Back into Open Wakefulness 19:48
This meditation begins by relaxing through the body, and connecting with inner aliveness and space. We then include sounds and sense the openness to life. At the center of the practice is a relaxing back, and inhabiting spacious awareness. The meditation ends as we experience the heart from the vantage of spacious awareness, and offer prayers to our inner life and all life.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2022-06-15 The Three Steps of Letting Go 44:45
A wonderful inquiry is, “What is between me and openhearted presence?” This talk explores the profound healing and transformation that arises when we release the blocks to our natural and loving awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2022-06-08 Cultivating a Courageous Heart – Part 2 56:36
In the face of violence, hatred and loss, how do we handle the reactivity we feel? Our own anger, hatred and fear? These two talks offer guidance and practice in letting our own vulnerability be a portal to responding—to ourselves, each other and our world– with courageous, wise hearts.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2022-06-08 Meditation: Refuge of Living Presence 14:54
Our thoughts keep us removed from this living world. This guided practice invites us to open and relax with the moment to moment experience of our senses. It includes a poem by Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, “Wherever you are, Find a Trail.”
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

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