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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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2008-06-25 The Blessings Of Soul Recognition 1:20:37
Based on one of the great legends from the court of King Arthur, this talk examines the freedom that is possible when we can see past the veil of illusion and realize the true nature that shines through all beings.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-06-18 Planting Yourself In The Universe 1:13:47
One understanding of suffering is that as individuals and a culture we are uprooted, that we have disconnected from our natural world, our inner life and a sense of belonging with each other. Some flags are speediness and over consumption, anxiety and depression. This talk explores how we have become uprooted and the three gateways of rediscovering our natural wholeness, spontaneity and inner freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-06-11 Question/Answer: Working With The Difficult Weather 1:19:31
In this talk Tara responds to questions from participants on how to bring a healing attention to anger, sleepiness, great loss and the wounds of our world. She grounds the teachings in the two wings of clear recognition (of what is happening) and an allowing presence, one that is full with compassion.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-05-28 My Religion Is Kindness 1:13:33
The expression of inner freedom is a kind heart. This talk explores how we armor our hearts, and the pathways of awakening our natural capacity for loving unconditionally. The session includes an experiential inquiry that helps reveal the ways we create separation, and the possibility of healing and freeing our heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-05-21 Vesak - Path Of Awakening 1:18:48
In the Buddhist tradition, the spring celebration of Vesak honors the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. The archetypal theme that plays through these three events, and the core teaching of the Buddha, is that we each have the capacity to realize profound inner freedom, happiness and peace. We are no different than the Buddha, and our path is to realize the luminosity of our spirit.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-05-14 Golfing With Monkeys 1:10:38
The Buddha taught that in any moment that we have an argument with life, we suffer. This talk explores the ways we are conditioned to think life should be different, and how the natural arising of unpleasant experience becomes locked into suffering. An experiential reflection guides us in how to respond, rather than react, to life's challenges...inhabiting a wise heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-04-30 Realizing Our Natural Joy: II 1:10:40
In the Buddhist teachings, joy is a natural expression of our awakened heart. In these two talks we will explore how we block off joy, and ways that we can cultivate and embody this intrinsic facet of our being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-04-26 Homecoming To The Awakened Heart 52:13
In the face of inevitable hurts, disappointments and losses, what serves spiritual awakening? This talk explores the gifts of a forgiving heart, devotion and self-inquiry.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Loving What Is: Insight Meditation Weekend
2008-04-23 Realizing Our Natural Joy: I 1:14:10
In the Buddhist teachings, joy is a natural expression of our awakened heart. In these two talks we will explore how we block off joy, and ways that we can cultivate and embody this intrinsic facet of our being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2008-04-16 Meeting Fear With A Wise Heart - part 2 1:15:58
These talks investigate how fear, nature's protector, proliferates and becomes a trance of fear and the cause of deep suffering. We look at the "body of fear"- the thoughts, physicality, emotions and behaviors that express and fuel the trance of fear. Through stories and guided reflections we explore the ways that Buddhist meditation can free us from the grip of unhealthy fear.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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