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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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2007-09-05 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
2006-04-08 Path Of The Bodhisattva 65:12
The path of the Bodhisattva is to realize and live from the truth or our connectedness. Our practices as compassion and metta awaken us from the trance of separation and free us to embody the awakened heart.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge
2006-04-06 Realizing Our True Nature 63:12
This talk explores the pathways to realizing and inhabiting our natural awareness.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge

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