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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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2014-05-28 Humility 1:18:36
In Buddhism and most faiths, humility - feeling that we all share common ground, feeling neither superior or inferior to others - is both a prerequisite to awakening and an expression of mature spirituality. This talk explores how our conditioning and culture reinforce a swing from ego-inflation (self-importance, feeling special, better than others) to ego-deflation (feeling unworthy). We then look at how a wise and kind attention opens us to who we are beyond these confining egoic states, and enables us to live with humility and grace.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-05-21 Heart Training on the Bodhisatva Path 56:38
Bodhisattva means “Awakened Being.” This path of awakening has three key domains for practice: remembering intention; training our attention; and compassionate activity. This talk reviews these domains and includes guided reflections that can help bring spirituality alive in daily life.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-05-14 Question and Response 1:17:24
Tara explores a range of questions that include working with unworthiness, recognizing aspiration, stepping out of the story and understanding the selfless quality of experience.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-05-07 Am I Dreaming? (retreat talk) 68:15
As we cultivate mindfulness we become increasingly aware of how we move through huge swaths of our life in trance. This talk reflects on three key domains of trance, and undoing the habitual reactivity that keeps us from the loving, open awareness that is our essence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2014 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2014-05-04 Return of the Prodigal Son (retreat talk) 1:10:30
Drawing on Henri Nouwen’s book that interprets this famous parable, this talk looks at the ways we cut off from loving awareness, and the process of homecoming. Our inquiry, reflections and a guided meditation focus on an essential and often overlooked element of transformation: our capacity to trust in love, to let love in.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2014 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2014-04-30 Part 2 - Conflict - From Fight Flight Freeze to Attend Befriend 1:17:26
How do we reconcile conflict when caught in reactivity sourced in trauma or deep wounding? This talk looks at the need for a larger field of belonging - a trusted other person or safe group - to engender the presence and compassion that enables us to relax and reconnect with our own wholeness and with others.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-04-23 Awakening Through Conflict 1:22:33
As long as we are identified as separate selves, we will inevitably experience conflict with others. If we learn to release blame and deepen attention to our embodied experience, conflict can become a portal for more loving, alive relationships and awakening into the fullness of our being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-04-16 RAIN - Cultivating a Mindful Awareness 1:22:24
The acronym RAIN is a powerful tool for interrupting habitual patterns of emotional reactivity and discovering the freedom of an awake, compassionate presence. This talk explores the components of RAIN, how it works, what makes it transformational and typical challenges people encounter. The teachings include a guided RAIN meditation.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-04-09 Loving and Losing 1:19:06
The way that we relate to impermanence and loss shapes our capacity to live and love fully. This talk, drawing on Mary Oliver’s poem “In Blackwater Woods,” explores three elements in our response to this fleeting, precious life that are integral to our healing and freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-04-02 Stress and Our Evolving Consciousness 1:20:04
The universal experience of stress (in Buddhism, called dukkha) is a message that we are not realizing, trusting and living from our true nature. Our habitual reactions to stress - grasping, aversion, resistance - deepen emotional pain and lock us in a limiting sense of egoic-self. This talk explores how, with conscious intention and deepened attention, the stressful difficulties we encounter can become the very grounds of healing and spiritual awakening.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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