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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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2014-09-24 Awakening from the Landlocked Self 1:22:22
The Buddha taught that our suffering arises from forgetting who we are. This talk explores the trance of identifying as Somebody, and the compassionate witnessing that allows us to discover the freedom of our natural being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-09-17 (On Climate Change) Earth’s Crisis - On the Edge of the Roof 1:19:32
This talk views the ecological dis-ease of our planet through the lens of our evolutionary unfolding. We explore the egoic trance that has precipitated the destruction of our environment, and the inner practices of presence that enable us to respond from love and wisdom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-08-27 Loving Truth - The Power of Investigation 1:19:21
A key element in spiritual awakening is wise and compassionate investigation. This talk explores how investigation and inquiry (the use of questions) serves emotional healing, intimacy with others and the deepest realization of who we are.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-08-20 Bringing Awareness to Doing 1:19:07
One of the core domains of egoic trance is addictive doing - chronic activity driven by fear and wanting that keeps us from realizing a wholeness of Being. This talk looks at how addictive doing keeps us in the map of time, identified as a separate self, always on our way somewhere else. We then explore ways we undo this conditioning by pausing and opening to the liberating dimension of Being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-08-06 Part 2: Trusting Your Basic Goodness 1:22:31
This talk continues the exploration of what causes our distrust of ourselves, others and life, and the pathways to realizing and trusting who we are. We explore the steps of awakening from limiting beliefs, dissolving the resistance to direct embodied presence, and discovering the space and tenderness - the formless dimension - that is indivisible and whole.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-07-30 Part 1: Basic Trust 1:19:05
One of the expressions of an awakened heart-mind is a basic trust in reality. These talks explore the severed belonging that gives rise to mistrust, and two primary pathways to realizing and trusting the indivisible field of loving awareness that is our source.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-07-23 Evening of Inquiry 1:16:55
In this class, Tara offered a guided meditation, some brief words on connecting with the felt sense of our experience, and opened the class to questions.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-07-09 Nourishing a Liberating Intention 1:17:26
The Buddha taught that this entire world arises out of the tip of intention. Intentions can arise from an egoic wants and fears, and they can arise from the wisdom of our heart that is calling us home. This talk explores the qualities that signify a liberating intention and how, by bringing presence to our current intention, we uncover the purity and power of our hearts true aspiration.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-07-02 Blessings of Soul Recognition 1:14:51
We live under an enchantment that has us see ourselves and each other as separate egoic entities. This talk draws on an Arthurian legend and explores the pathways of presence that enable us to see past the mask - our own, others - and recognize the spirit that shines through these temporary incarnations.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-06-18 Awakening through Conscious Relationships 1:19:22
Communicating our vulnerability and learning to listen - seeking to understand another’s experience - are the keys to discovering the truth of our connectedness. This talk explores the challenges and gifts of dedicating ourselves to becoming more real, present and open in our relationships.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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