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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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2012-01-04 Taking Refuge 1:26:09
This class explores the three classic gateways to true refuge - Buddha (awareness); Dharma (path, truth of reality) and Sangha (spiritual friends, loving relatedness). It includes reflections and a ceremony that supports us in remembering the pathway home. (also in video - show tracks)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-12-31 Guided Meditation - Awakening Compassion / Tonglen 37:09
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2011 - IMCW New Year's Retreat - Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2011-12-30 Guided Heart - Forgiveness and Compassion 28:36
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2011 - IMCW New Year's Retreat - Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2011-12-29 The Blessings of Embodied Presence 57:27
All that we cherish - love, creativity, wisdom and aliveness - becomes available when we come home to an embodied presence. This talk looks at how the two wings of mindfulness and compassion guide us in the midst of difficulty to our inner sanctuary of freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2011 - IMCW New Year's Retreat - Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2011-12-29 Morning Instruction and Question/Response 14:42
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2011 - IMCW New Year's Retreat - Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2011-12-29 Morning Guided Meditation 24:07
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2011 - IMCW New Year's Retreat - Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2011-12-21 No Mud, No Lotus 1:26:06
Our attitude in the face of life's challenges determines our suffering or our freedom. This solstice talk explores the light of compassion that blossoms when we honor our difficult times with a deep, mindful attention. This solstice evening includes chanting, singing and a candlelighting ceremony. (see video - show tracks)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-12-14 The Dance of Relational Trance 1:18:54
When we become emotionally reactive in our relationships, we often go into a trance that creates separation and locks us into a narrow sense of self. This talk explores how, by pausing and deepening our attention, we can reconnect with the wisdom of our hearts. (video available)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-12-07 The Backward Step 1:18:03
Our habit is to think we are on our way someplace else, and that our happiness is to be found outside ourselves. Yet realization becomes possible when we take the backward step into the formless dimension of our own being. This talk explores the two pathways that awaken us from our stories of self and reveal the love and awareness that is our true nature. (video available)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2011-11-23 Pathways to a Grateful Heart 1:21:14
When we are filled with gratitude, we are living from the most sincere, awake part of our being. This talk explores three pathways of practice that open us to serving and savoring this life.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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