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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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2016-02-03 Three Attitudes that Nourish a Liberating Practice 1:18:16
A key spiritual inquiry is, “In this moment, what most serves awakening?” Rather than a particular style of meditation practice, it is our way of relating to our experience - our attitude - that frees our hearts. This talk explores the attitudes that are an expression of our innately open, wakeful and loving awareness, and that carry us to realization.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-01-06 Gateways of Remembrance: The Three Refuges 1:17:40
This talk explores the traditional refuges of awareness (buddha nature), truth (dharma) and love (sangha) that are at the heart of Buddhism, and found in many spiritual and religious traditions. It includes a look at our false refuges - strategies that seek to comfort and gratify, but are temporary fixes - and moves into reflections that help us remember, trust and live from our true nature. (Concludes with a ceremony tying red cords in remembrance of the refuges.)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-12-31 Widening the Circles of Compassion 68:44
The archetypal figure of the Bodhisattva (“awakening being”) reflects our potential to realize our connectedness with all beings, and care for this living world with an open tender heart. This talk explores the four types of patterning that keep us stuck in the pain of separation and the key heart practices that evolve us on the bodhisattva path. "Compassion arises when you see the truth behind the veils."
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2015 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2015-12-29 Heart Meditation: The RAIN of Compassion 35:04
This new version of the acronym RAIN is a powerful way of bringing compassion to the life within you, and to attuning and deepening compassion for others.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2015 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2015-12-23 Secret Beauty - Solstice Talk 65:07
This solstice talk explores two pathways to realizing the Secret Beauty that is our essence. One is through the compassion that arises when we stay with vulnerability and suffering, and the other is through love that arises as we learn to see the goodness that shines through all beings.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-12-16 The RAIN of Self-Compassion 1:17:51
This talk explores three key features of the trance of unworthiness and introduces a guided meditation based on a new version of the acronym RAIN that awakens self-compassion and de-conditions the suffering of being at war with ourselves. Please visit www.tarabrach.com/selfcompassion/ for a written description of the new version of the RAIN practice.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-12-09 Desire: A Current of Homecoming 1:13:53
Desire is intrinsic to our aliveness, yet when we have unmet needs, it can possess us. This talk explores how to relax open the grip of wanting and heal the suffering of addiction. You will learn how to bring mindfulness and compassion to the roots of desire, and be carried home to open loving presence. “Recovery is also about spirit – about dealing with that ‘hole in the soul’ … so how does this hole get filled and become holy space?”
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-11-25 Feeling Gratitude, Giving Love - Thanksgiving 2015 1:20:09
Like breathing in and breathing out, gratitude and generosity allow us to live fully. This talks explores what blocks these natural capacities, and three pathways of nourishing a grateful and giving heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-11-18 Part 2: Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom 53:36
While we have strong conditioning to react to aggression with more aggression, we have the capacity to pause, and instead deepen attention and connect to our natural wisdom and empathy. This talk looks at how we can directly engage in this evolutionary adaptation when we encounter trauma related conflict in our personal lives, and in a parallel way when groups of people who have been part of traumatizing conflict seek reconciliation and healing.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2015-11-11 Part 1: Awakening through Anger - The U-Turn to Freedom 1:23:20
Anger is naturally triggered when we feel an obstacle to meeting our needs. How do we honor the intelligence within anger, but not get hijacked into emotional reactivity that creates suffering in our individual and collective lives? This talk explores the U-turn that enables us to offer a healing attention to the feelings and unmet needs under anger. Once present with our inner life, we are able to respond to those around us with wisdom, empathy and true strength.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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