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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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2019-11-27 Meditation: Being Here 21:55
This guided meditation is an invitation to rest in Hereness—the immediacy and aliveness of full presence. We arrive and quiet with a conscious long deep breath, relax our bodies, awaken our senses, and then bring our attention to relaxing with our moment-to-moment experience. The poem ends with a beautiful poem called “Interlude” by poet Danna Faulds.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-11-27 Gratitude: Entering Sacred Relationships 52:28
Gratitude arises when we are in sacred relationship with life—present, open and receptive. This talk explores how central gratitude is to our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and then looks at the ways we can directly gladden our minds with gratitude. We end with a guided meditation that includes sharings from the group, and a poem of blessing by John O’Donohue with a brief cut from Robert Gass – Om Namaha Shivaya.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-11-20 Listening to the Song - Part 2 52:47
Listening is our gateway to intimacy with our inner life, each other, our earth and spirit. These two talks look at the ways that listening gets blocked and the teachings and practices that help us cultivate the gift of a deep and healing listening presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-11-20 Meditation: Coming Home to Natural Presence 20:56
This meditation awakens our senses through a body scan and listening to sound, and then invites us to rest in the presence that spontaneously knows the changing stream of experience. Relaxing back and letting everything be just as it is, reveals the natural presence that is our true home.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-11-13 Listening to the Song - Part 1 52:39
Listening is our gateway to intimacy with our inner life, each other, our earth and spirit. These two talks look at the ways that listening gets blocked and the teachings and practices that help us cultivate the gift of a deep and healing listening presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-11-13 Meditation - The Silence that is Listening 21:05
Listening to sound is opens up to the space of pure being. In this guided practice we begin by awakening through the body, and then explore listening to sounds and silence, and to inhabiting the receptive presence that is listening, awareness itself.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-11-07 Short Talk and Guided Heart Meditation – Releasing Blame 37:50
This meditation explores the meaning of forgiveness and its role in healing and transformation. We then are guided in a forgiveness practice that helps us release the armoring of blame, and inhabit an inclusive and open heart (given at the Fall 2019 IMCW 7-Day Silent Retreat).
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2019-11-06 Trusting Who We Are (retreat talk) 60:47
When we are suffering, we are believing something untrue – usually a limiting story about who we are. This talk explores the roots of our self-doubts, and the teachings and practices that remind us of our basic goodness – the loving awareness that is our source (given at the Fall 2019 IMCW 7-Day Silent Retreat – 2019-11-06).
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2019-11-03 Judgment, Acceptance and Freedom (Retreat Talk) 54:57
The boundary to what we accept is the boundary to our freedom. This talk explores the often unconscious ways we create separation by judging ourselves and others, and the key pathways of meditation practice that release the habit of blame and free our hearts.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2019-11-02 Guided Heart Meditation - Loving Kindness - Befriending our Lives (includes a short talk) 39:28
This meditation introduces the domain of “heart practices” and then guides us in how to cultivate a deep quality of friendliness in relating to our inner life and each other. The gift of this practice is a direct sense of belonging - knowing that we can never be alone.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life

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