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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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2010-01-13 Awakening to the Sacred 65:03
The tendency to think "life should be different" and to try to control experience removes us from the wisdom and compassion that naturally gives rise to healing and transformation. We learn to trust the power of our heart and awareness by meeting both the pain and beauty of this life with sacred presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2010-01-06 Taking Refuge 1:16:49
The Buddha taught of three archetypal domains in which we awaken presence and realize freedom. In contrast to our habitual false refuges, these gateways of true refuge are dependable because they express the timeless truth of what we are. This talk shines a light on false refuges, guides us in exploring the meaning of each of the three Buddhist refuges and ends in a ritual of "taking refuge."
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-12-16 Awakening from the Trance of Separation 1:15:04
This talk explores both our perception and feelings of separation, and the capacity, through a wise attention, to move from judgment and reactivity to the full flowering of love.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-12-09 Longing to Belong 1:20:06
Spiritual practice reveals our belonging through bringing presence to three gateways: the aliveness of the present moment, loving relatedness, and the openness and lucidity of awareness itself. This talk includes guided meditations in exploring each gateway.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-11-25 Gratitude and Generosity 1:16:09
While we value gratitude and generosity, our daily life can often have an undercurrent of complaint and an anxious kind of self-centeredness. This Thanksgiving Eve talk explores teachings and practices that reconnect us with the sense of wonder and abundance that characterizes our own awakened heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-11-18 Refuge in Loving Presence 1:19:15
There are times when there is so much fear and reactivity, that the first step in moving toward freedom is to connect with some sense of safety and love. This talk explores how an inner pathway to loving presence can support us in facing and awakening through traumatic wounding.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-11-11 Choosing Presence 1:19:21
Spiritual awakening is energized by conscious intention. This talk explores how we get waylaid by habitual wants and fears, and the ways we can connect with the power and purity of our deep aspiration for love, truth and freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-11-04 Intimacy with Life 1:24:03
Zen mast Dogen taught that "...to study the Buddhist way is to be Intimate with all Things." This talk reviews the often unconscious ways that we habitually block intimacy and two trainings of attention that foster a natural sense of belonging to this living world and to timeless presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-10-26 Self Compassion 58:31
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2009 - IMCW Fall Residential Retreat - "Intimacy with Life"
2009-10-26 Self-Compassion 58:31
(retreat talk) 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.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2009 - IMCW Fall Residential Retreat - "Intimacy with Life"

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