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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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2010-10-27 Part 3 - Mindfulness of Thoughts - Introductory Series 1:14:00
The primary element in meditation is training to awaken from the trance of thoughts. This class explores two key ways that mindfulness supports this awakening. The first is using wise reflection to discern if thoughts are imprisoning us in fear or serving healing and freedom. The second is recognizing when we are in the virtual reality of thinking, and learning to "come back" to living presence. It is by inhabiting this non-conceptual presence that we have access to the love, wisdom and freedom that we cherish.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-10-20 Part 2 - Mindfulness of Emotions - Introductory Series 1:24:15
Our conditioning is to live in a reactive trance of either resisting or become possessed by strong emotions. This reactivity fuels a trance of being separate from others, and feeling defective and insecure. In this class we explore how to free ourselves from this suffering by bringing a mindful and kind awareness to the stories and feelings that make up our emotional life.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-10-13 Part 1 - The Art and Science of Meditation - Introductory Series 1:18:46
The first session defines meditation and describes the Buddhist teachings that give a context to the path of practice. We explore the two basic types of meditation--concentration and mindfulness--and then focus on the ground of mindfulness training: bringing mindful attention to the breath and bodily sensations. Guided meditations include setting intention and the sacred pause; learning to "come back" using an anchor of the breath; and "being here" with an embodied presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-10-06 The Awakened Heart 64:35
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2010 - IMCW Fall Residential Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2010-09-29 Loving the Earth 49:15
How is it possible that we humans have wreaked such havoc on this planet, on the web of life that we belong to? This talk explores the ways that egoic consciousness can lead to violating life, and how evolving consciousness can move us toward healing this earth.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-09-22 The Power of Mindful Investigation 0:00
We each have a deep interest in reality--in understanding what is true and who we are. In Buddhist teachings, our interest, and its expression in wise investigation, energize the path of awakening. This talk explores how mindful investigation can free us from emotional suffering, nourish loving relatedness and create the conditions for deep spiritual realization.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-09-15 Be All That You Are 1:20:16
We are conditioned to live in stories that obscure the vastness, goodness and mystery of what we are. This talk explores the ways we construct a limited self-identity and the pathways to realizing and living from a fullness of our Being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-09-08 Equanimity 1:14:01
Cultivating equanimity means awakening our capacity to meet the winds of life with a non-reactive, open, balanced presence. The gift of this presence is that we can see clearly what is happening within and around us, and respond with wisdom, creativity and compassion. This talk looks at our habits of reacting, and the ways we can come home to equinimity in the midst of life's challenges.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-09-01 Joy 1:21:49
Joy is an innate capacity, one of the primary expressions of an awakened heart and mind. Yet because of our conditioned patterns of thought and emotion, this capacity for openness, happiness and full aliveness can be obscured. This talk guides us in how to nurture joy through a commited presence that unfolds into "loving what is."
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-08-25 Compassion - Responding to Suffering with Care 1:23:03
Our capacity to respond to ourselves and our world with compassion is the essence of all healing and spiritual awakening. This talk explores the trance of separation that blocks our natural compassion, and includes guided practices that enable us to directly cultivate a compassionate heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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