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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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2019-12-30 Guided Heart Meditation: Releasing Blame 41:38
Our self-protective habits of resentment and blame block intimacy and connection with ourself and others. This short talk and meditation are an invitation to deepen our understanding of the suffering of blame, and to release the armoring to loving freely.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion | with Tara Brach, Noliwe Alexander, Konda Mason and Jonathan Foust
2019-12-29 Introductory Meditation Instructions 39:01
This guided session includes an overview of the primary components in meditation practices, and then guidance in awakening the senses, collecting the attention, and opening mindfully to changing experience.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion | with Tara Brach, Noliwe Alexander, Konda Mason and Jonathan Foust
2019-12-28 The Power of Awake Awareness (retreat talk) 63:48
We all encounter “demons” of fear, anger, hurt, craving and shame. This talk explores our key ways of resisting difficult emotions, and how “when the resistance is gone, the demons are gone.” We look at the power of mindfulness and compassion to undo resistance, and open us to the loving presence that can handle whatever energies arise. This special talk was given at the 2019 IMCW 5-Day New Year’s Silent Retreat.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion | with Tara Brach, Noliwe Alexander, Konda Mason and Jonathan Foust
2019-12-27 New Year Retreat | Opening Dharma Talks 61:33
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion | with Tara Brach, Noliwe Alexander, Konda Mason and Jonathan Foust
2019-12-18 A Brief Meditation: Gathering and Arriving in Presence 3:33
A brief meditation to gather the attention, loosen and soften the body, sense your intention for being here, and feel the quality of presence of an awakening heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-12-18 Part 3 - Radical Compassion - Loving Ourselves and Our World into Healing 40:41
Drawn from Tara’s new book, Radical Compassion (2020), these three talks explore how the RAIN practice (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) awakens the active, embodied caring that heals and frees our hearts. Check www.tarabrach.com for more information on Tara’s new book, including pre-order links.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-12-11 Part 2 - Radical Compassion - Loving Ourselves and Our World into Healing 53:08
Drawn from Tara’s new book, Radical Compassion (2020), these three talks explore how the RAIN practice (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) awakens the active, embodied caring that heals and frees our hearts.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-12-04 Meditation: Cultivating a Gentle, Kind Attention 18:55
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 IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-12-04 Part 1 - Radical Compassion - Loving Ourselves and Our World Into Healing 55:04
Drawn from Tara’s new book, Radical Compassion (2020), these three talks explore how the RAIN practice (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) awakens the active, embodied caring that heals and frees our hearts. Check www.tarabrach.com for more information on Tara’s new book, including pre-order links.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-12-04 Meditation: Surrender into Living Presence 19:50
In this guided meditation we begin with a body scan, and rest in awareness with our senses awake. The key practice is to recognize when the mind immerses in virtual reality, reawaken our senses, and surrender again and again into the immediacy, vibrance and mystery of living presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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