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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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2018-01-17 Meditation: Receiving Life with an Open Awareness 20:44
We begin with listening and then bring a receptive attention to experience the life of the body. We then open the attention to the whole field of sensations and sound, and rest in the openness and presence that includes all the changing currents of experience.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-01-17 Freedom from Othering: Undoing the Myths that Imprison Us – Part 1 46:54
A primary source of our suffering is the conditioning to create “bad other,” or “inferior other.” This same conditioning leads us to creating a bad self and turn on ourselves. These two talks explore how we subscribe to societal myths and beliefs that perpetuate this “bad othering,” and “bad selfing.” They then guide us in bring a healing attention that can reveal the goodness that lives through all beings, and our innate connectedness. A core teaching is, “the boundary to who we include in our hearts is the boundary to our freedom.”
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-01-10 Meditation: Space and Aliveness and Awareness 21:36
This meditation engages the breath in a way that it connects us with our energetic aliveness and the space that holds and is intrinsic to all life. A body scan using this breath opens us to the body as a field of aliveness. We then rest in the changing flow of experience, and the still presence that is our essence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-01-10 Winds of Homecoming: How Intention Frees Our Heart 50:41
The Buddha taught that we live our lives on the tip of intention, it is the seed of our future. This talk explores the difference between “limbic” intentions driven by grasping or fear, and intentions that are the call of our awakening heart. You will learn how to identify and shift from a “limbic” to wise intention, and several different ways you can more readily and regularly access your deepest aspiration.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-01-03 Three Gateways to Peace and Freedom 55:07
This talk explores the three archetypal refuges of truth, love and awareness. We look at the outer and inner aspects of each refuge, and then through guided reflections and a Refuge Ritual, deepen our commitment to the pathways that awaken our minds and free our hearts. NOTE: Includes a Refuge Ritual at the end of the talk – if you’d like to participate, you’ll need some red string. We use “Classic crochet thread, size 10 in red” about 36 inches per person – available at craft stores. Sing along with The Three Refuges Chant sheet (www.tarabrach.com/three-gateways-peace-freedom/)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-01-03 New Year’s Meditation: Awakening Loving Presence 22:26
Loving presence is an innate capacity, and it can be cultivated. This meditation begins with a scan arousing a relaxed tender presence in the body, then brings loving attention to our inner life, and in widening circles, to our world.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-12-28 Remembering and Choosing Loving Presence (retreat talk) 63:09
We are conditioned to go into a limbic trance—an emotional reactivity to life within and around us—that keeps us identified with a limited, separate sense of self. This talk helps us to identify the flags of trance, and to bring a healing attention that frees us to live our moments with creativity, wisdom and love. Includes the RAIN of Self-Compassion. (from the 2017 IMCW New Year’s Retreat)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2017 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2017-12-28 Meditation: Basic Body Scan 20:00
From the first morning of the IMCW 2017 New Year’s retreat, Tara offers an introductory meditation with a body scan, bringing focus to the breath, sounds, then resting in awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2017 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2017-12-20 My Religion is Kindness – Part 2 32:38
Authentic kindness must include the life within us. These two talks examine the movement from an armored to a free and loving heart. The first looks at how we can awaken from the trance of unworthiness and establish a genuinely caring relationship with our inner life. In the second we explore how self-kindness awakens us to the heartspace that naturally includes all of life. This talk is dedicated especially to youthful listeners on this solstice evening.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2017-12-20 Meditation: “Yes” to Life 13:00
This guided practice awakens a relaxed and friendly attention that rests in the breath and opens to whatever is arising. We deepen that presence with the intention to truly say “Yes” to experience, allowing life to be just as it is.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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