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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

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2013-02-06 Embodying True Refuge - Serving and Savoring Life 1:31:18
  Tara Brach
This talk traces the story of the Buddha's awakening, and reflects on four key archetypal elements that are relevant for each of us as we come home to our true nature. There is a particular emphasis on how these elements enable us to encounter challenges in relationships and find our way to openhearted presence. Includes music honoring the launch of Tara's new book, True Refuge: vocal by La Sarmiento and Guru Ganesha with his Kirtan band.
2013-02-13 The Wings of a Liberating Presence 1:17:07
  Tara Brach
No matter what is happening in our lives, if we relate to our experience with mindful recognition and an allowing presence, it becomes a portal to freedom. In this talk we explore how the cultivation of these wings of presence awakens us from the identification with an egoic self, and reveals the awareness and love that is our true nature.
2013-02-20 Beyond the Interpreted World 1:20:51
  Tara Brach
Hildegard of Bingen writes, "An interpreted world is not a Home." This talk explores the suffering that arises from believing in an interpreted reality, and the love, aliveness and freedom that becomes accessible as we challenge beliefs and awaken into living presence.
2013-02-27 The Dharma of Relationships 1:15:43
  Jonathan Foust
Unless you live in a cave and have concierge service, you most probably interact with people each day. Wisdom teachings tell us to 'see self in other and other in self.' But how? This talk explores some practical strategies for cultivating empathy, compassion and skill in how you relate to others and use your relationships to wake up.
2013-02-27 The Fires of Loss 60:52
  Tara Brach
We all encounter the great losses of our own health and life, and of cherished others. We are conditioned to resist opening to the rawness and grief that comes with loss. This talk describes the refuge of presence in the face of loss, and the gift of timeless love that arises as we make peace with the reality of this living, dying world. [NOTE: Tara was traveling this week, so offering a well-loved talk from 2010.]
2013-03-13 Part 1: Three Blessings of Awakening Consciousness 69:39
  Tara Brach
Part 1: In this two part series we explore the evolution of consciousness through the lens of three key capacities: A forgiving heart, inner fire (conscious aspiration toward freedom) and self-inquiry.
2013-03-20 Self Compassion (retreat talk) 0:00
  Tara Brach
We can only find love and peace in this life if we are able to hold our inner life with compassion. This talk explores the subtle and therefore often unseen ways that we turn on ourselves, and the pathways to a forgiving heart.
2013-03-27 Part 2: Three Blessings - Inner Fire 1:11:06
  Tara Brach
Each of us has the longing to manifest our full potential--to realize and live from loving, awake awareness. This longing is our inner fire, and when conscious and vibrant, it energizes the spiritual path. In this talk we reflect on how fear obscures and redirects our inner fire, and how practices of presence and wise reflection awaken the power and purity of our longing.
2013-04-03 Part 3: Three Gifts - Looking in the Mirror 69:51
  Tara Brach
The third gift on the journey of awakening is the mirror. In this talk we explore how to look back into our own minds and discover the timeless, radiant presence that is our essence. It is this realization of our Beingness that enables us to live these lives with wisdom, love and wonder.
2013-04-10 Heavenly Messengers 1:25:22
  Tara Brach
Tara interviews Frank Ostaseski, founder of Zen Hospice, on a contemplative approach to death and dying.
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