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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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2009-10-07 Skeleton Woman 45:55
If we can embrace the whole of our nature with unconditional presence - including the inevitability of change and loss--we discover deep wisdom and enduring love.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-09-30 Two Wings of a Liberating Attention 49:46
The attention that serves spiritual awakening is based on the capacity to recognize clearly what is happening in the present moment, and to regard what arises with a kind heart. This talk explores the challenges to a clear and honest presence, and how we cultivate understanding and compassion.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-09-23 Wise Effort and Spiritual Freedom 51:12
In the Buddhist tradition, wise effort, or the purposeful dedication of our energy, is an essential part of the spiritual path. While the attitudes of grasping or fear can contract the quality of our effort and create suffering in our lives; when our effort arises from sincerity and wisdom, it creates the conditions for liberation.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-09-16 Embracing the Unlived Life 43:55
This talk explores how we cut off from the energetic parts of our inner experience and the healing and spiritual freedom that is possible when we bring awareness to the life of the body.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-09-02 The Grounds of Living Compassion 53:04
A critical question on the spiritual path is how we can bring the loving presence awakened by meditation into every facet of daily life. This talk explores the conditioning that keeps us in reactive trance and the ways we can deepen our attention and align our lives with our hearts.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-08-26 Genuine Acceptance 69:43
Our capacity to accept this life is key to our freedom, yet there are many misconceptions about acceptance: People wonder, if acceptance makes us a doormat in relationships? Isn't acceptance akin to resignation? Doesn't it make us passive when what is needed is action? This talk explores some of the misunderstandings about acceptance and offers teachings on the nature of genuine and liberating acceptance.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-08-19 Enchantment and Freedom 1:20:30
When caught in suffering we are perceiving reality through a distorted lens. We are unable to see what we really are, and we latch on to the surface appearances of others. By training our minds to pay attention we begin to recognize the conditioning that entraps us, and the love and awareness that shines through these changing forms.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-08-12 Happiness 1:10:35
The Buddha taught of two dimensions of happiness--that which is based on particular circumstances, and that which arises from unconditional presence. This talk explores the ways we block happiness; the attitude and meditative practice that give rise to worldly happiness and the state of Being that is experienced as pure happiness and freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-08-05 Let Everything Happen to You 1:15:39
The now common adage "what you resist, persists" is a deep and important truth. This talk explores the often unconscious ways that we avoid the difficult parts of our experience, and the meditative strategies for cultivating an accepting and healing presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-07-08 Part 4 - Wise Practice - Taking Refuge in Awareness 1:15:55
This four week series reviews many key components of Buddhist meditation practice. Beginning with intention and attitude, we cover the strategies that help us arrive in presence, the key elements of mindfulness, working with difficult emotional states and the practices that awaken our heart. Each week will include guided meditations and reflections.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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