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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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2009-08-26 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
2009-07-01 Part 3 - Wise Practice - The Heart of Buddhism 1:14:19
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
2009-06-24 Part 2 - Wise Practice 1:18:00
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
2009-06-17 Part 1 - Wise Practice 1:15:57
This three 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
2009-06-10 Don't Know Mind 1:14:31
Thoughts, and more broadly, conceptual knowledge, cannot lead to the direct realization of truth, of reality. While thoughts are an essential part of surviving and thriving, spiritual awakening only becomes possible when we step out of the trance of thinking. This talk invites listeners into the radical openness and freedom of not-knowing.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2009-06-03 The Attitude that Perpetuates Suffering 1:10:46
Our conditioning is to conclude that "something is wrong" when we encounter difficulty. This way of relating to experience binds us in a trance--it locks in the identification with a separate, victimized, self; it leads to unwise action and it removes us from presence. This talk guides us in recognizing our often unconscious attitude towards what is happening, and arriving in the unconditional presence that is the source of love, wisdom and freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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