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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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2014-07-30 Part 1: Basic Trust 1:19:05
One of the expressions of an awakened heart-mind is a basic trust in reality. These talks explore the severed belonging that gives rise to mistrust, and two primary pathways to realizing and trusting the indivisible field of loving awareness that is our source.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-07-23 Evening of Inquiry 1:16:55
In this class, Tara offered a guided meditation, some brief words on connecting with the felt sense of our experience, and opened the class to questions.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-07-09 Nourishing a Liberating Intention 1:17:26
The Buddha taught that this entire world arises out of the tip of intention. Intentions can arise from an egoic wants and fears, and they can arise from the wisdom of our heart that is calling us home. This talk explores the qualities that signify a liberating intention and how, by bringing presence to our current intention, we uncover the purity and power of our hearts true aspiration.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-07-02 Blessings of Soul Recognition 1:14:51
We live under an enchantment that has us see ourselves and each other as separate egoic entities. This talk draws on an Arthurian legend and explores the pathways of presence that enable us to see past the mask - our own, others - and recognize the spirit that shines through these temporary incarnations.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-06-18 Awakening through Conscious Relationships 1:19:22
Communicating our vulnerability and learning to listen - seeking to understand another’s experience - are the keys to discovering the truth of our connectedness. This talk explores the challenges and gifts of dedicating ourselves to becoming more real, present and open in our relationships.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-06-11 Freedom and Happiness in Daily Life 1:16:54
How you live today is how you live your life. This talk explores different meditative practices and teachings that help us reconnect with and nurture presence in the midst of the array of daily stressors.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-06-04 Awakening from Virtual Reality 1:22:24
This talk looks at the power our virtual reality of thoughts can hold over our lives. We then explore how bringing mindful awareness to thinking enables us to heal historical wounding and discover who we are beyond the self-story in our mind. We don’t have to believe our thoughts - they are "real but not true!"
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-05-28 Humility 1:18:36
In Buddhism and most faiths, humility - feeling that we all share common ground, feeling neither superior or inferior to others - is both a prerequisite to awakening and an expression of mature spirituality. This talk explores how our conditioning and culture reinforce a swing from ego-inflation (self-importance, feeling special, better than others) to ego-deflation (feeling unworthy). We then look at how a wise and kind attention opens us to who we are beyond these confining egoic states, and enables us to live with humility and grace.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-05-21 Heart Training on the Bodhisatva Path 56:38
Bodhisattva means “Awakened Being.” This path of awakening has three key domains for practice: remembering intention; training our attention; and compassionate activity. This talk reviews these domains and includes guided reflections that can help bring spirituality alive in daily life.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2014-05-14 Question and Response 1:17:24
Tara explores a range of questions that include working with unworthiness, recognizing aspiration, stepping out of the story and understanding the selfless quality of experience.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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