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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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2012-03-21 Alchemy of Wise Effort in Spiritual Life 1:22:46
The ground of wise effort is our sincere intentionality toward presence, love and freedom. Yet our habit is to go into trance, and latch on to narrowed intentions of self-enhancement or defense. When this goes on for years, we feel disappointment in our lives, a sense of not being true to ourselves. Through guided reflections, we explore how--in spiritual practice and in relationships--we can connect with our deepest intention and live in a way that expresses our awakening heart and awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2012-03-14 Flowering, From Within, of Self-Blessing 1:21:03
This line from poet Galway Kinnell reminds us of the possibility of meeting our inner life with a loving, healing presence. When we do, we loosen the trance of unworthiness and reconnect with our intrinsic goodness. In turn, we can offer our blessings to others--serving as reminders of the awareness and love that can blossom in all beings.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2012-03-07 Freedom in the Midst of Difficulty 1:27:55
We suffer when we forget who we are and get caught in a limited sense of self. This talk explores how we become identified with a sliver of what we are, and the pathway to remembering our wholeness. When we know we're the ocean, we are free to relate to the waves with respect, compassion and love.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2012-02-29 Embodied Presence 1:21:01
We often move through the day in a reactive trance, removed from the aliveness of our bodies and this natural world. This talk explores how coming home to our bodies awakens us to living love, creativity and the deepest realization of who we are.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2012-02-08 Questions, Guided Meditation and Group Sharing - Led by Tara 1:16:48
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2012-02-01 Part 2: Three Blessings on the Journey 1:19:25
Drawing on a wonderful teaching story from the Upanishads, these two talks explore the role of forgiveness, inner fire and looking at our own minds, in finding freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2012-01-25 Part 1: Three Blessings on the Journey 1:24:06
Drawing on a wonderful teaching story from the Upanishads, these two talks explore the role of forgiveness, inner fire and looking at our own minds, in finding freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2012-01-18 Part 2: Trusting Your Basic Goodness 1:21:29
Einstein says the most important question we will ever ask ourselves is, "Is this universe a friendly place?" Do we trust that there is something essentially benevolent or good about this universe? That we are essentially good? These two talks explore what it means to trust basic goodness, and how this trust naturally emerges through cultivating a meditative presence. (also in video - show tracks)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2012-01-11 Part 1: Trusting Your Basic Goodness 1:24:04
Einstein says the most important question we will ever ask ourselves is, "Is this universe a friendly place?" Do we trust that there is something essentially benevolent or good about this universe? That we are essentially good? These two talks explore what it means to trust basic goodness, and how this trust naturally emerges through cultivating a meditative presence. (also in video - show tracks)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
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

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