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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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2007-09-26 The Gift Of Silence 1:18:19
Through all spiritual traditions, there is a valuing of silence and stillness. When the mind has quieted, it becomes possible to see into the truth of what we are. Yet quieting can turn into a battle with the process of the thinking mind. This talk explores practices that allow us to settle in a natural way, the presence which is silence itself, and the wisdom and love that flows freely when we live from that silence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2007-09-19 The Joy Of Conscious Relationships 1:23:42
We live in a relational field, and as we develop the capacity for presence with others, we discover the truth of our connectedness. This discovery is experienced as love, and gives rise to genuine happiness and inner freedom. This talk explores the teachings and practices that nourish conscious relationships.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2007-09-05 Two Kinds Of Happiness 1:18:01
The Dalai Lama often begins his talks "Everyone wants to be Happy... Nobody wants to suffer." It's true, and yet sadly, our ways of pursuing happiness are often the very cause of suffering. This talk describes the shadow side of seeking happiness, and the practices of presence that lead to spiritual freedom and genuine happiness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2007-08-29 Wise Effort 1:16:01
Cultivating an Engaged Presence - A wholehearted commitment to awakening is intrinsic to the spiritual path. Yet often this becomes a striving kind of effort that is generated out of the sense of a "doing self." This talk reflects on the grounds of wise effort: connecting to our deepest intention, and cultivating a genuinely allowing, engaged, presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2007-08-22 Touching Enlightenment With The Body 1:13:49
Our suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt parts of our experience- our unlived life. This rejected energy is stored in our bodies and prevents us from living wakefully and wholeheartedly. By bringing a courageous, mindful presence to bodily sensations our energies untangle and flow freely. Rather than a frightened resisting "self" we rediscover our full aliveness, connectedness and luminosity of Being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2007-08-15 Soul Of The Whole 1:21:28
Our incessant inner dialog contracts us into the sense of a small limited self. The practices of presence - noticing and allowing our experience - awakens us from this limiting identity and allows us to realize the loving awareness that is our essence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2007-08-08 Awakening From The Story Of Self 1:23:55
Our life experience is shaped by the stories we tell ourselves and the underlying belief that "something is wrong with me." Meditation allows us to recognize and release the grip of the stories that confine our sense of wholeness, peace and inner freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2007-08-01 The Art Of Loving 1:29:19
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Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2007-06-13 Realizing Our Basic Goodness 1:17:27
Our greatest suffering is not realizing who we are. Identified with a sense of separate and deficient self, we forget the basic goodness of our heart and awareness. In this two part series we will explore the practices of presence that support us in awakening from the prison of trance, deepening our empathy and embodying the goodness that is our deepest nature.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2007-05-30 Realizing Our Basic Goodness 1:21:31
Our greatest suffering is not realizing who we are. Identified with a sense of separate and deficient self, we forget the basic goodness of our heart and awareness. In this two part series we will explore the practices of presence that support us in awakening from the prison of trance, deepening our empathy and embodying the goodness that is our deepest nature.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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