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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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2013-08-07 True Belonging 1:20:43
We all have a longing to belong. When pursued at the egoic level--often through our good-personhood projects--there may be temporary satisfaction but our sense of separation is ultimately reinforced. In contrast, bringing mindfulness and compassion to whatever is arising dissolves the sense of separation and reveals the basic goodness of our own loving presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-07-26 Introducción a la Meditación Parte 1: El Arte y Ciencia de la Meditación (translation from 2010-10-13) 1:24:22
La primera sesión define la meditación y describe las enseñanzas budistas que le dan contexto al camino de la practica. Exploramos las dos formas básicas de meditación - concentración y conciencia plena - y luego nos enfocamos en el entrenamiento de conciencia plena: trayendo atención de conciencia plena a la respiración y sensaciones corporales. Las meditaciones guiadas incluyen el establecimiento de una intención y la pausa sagrada; aprendiendo a "regresar" usando la respiración como un ancla; y "estando aquí" con una presencia encarnada.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-07-24 Three Gestures of Love 1:22:25
If we inquire "what is between me and presence" we usually find we've been caught inside a limiting story of self, contracted by wants and fears. This talk explores a simple yet powerful way of arousing loving presence and dissolving the narrow identification that keeps us from inhabiting our awakened heartmind.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-07-17 Absolute Cooperation With the Inevitable 1:22:59
This talk addresses common misunderstandings about acceptance (allowing, "letting be") and explores the challenges and blessings of opening to the raw emotions that we habitually avoid.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-07-03 Part 2: Hope and the Spiritual Path 1:24:38
In this talk we further define the nature of mature or spiritual hope as part of a trinity that includes trust and love, and explore what blocks its unfolding. We then review how different people have "hit bottom" and found their way to the energy, receptivity and openness of hope.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-06-26 Part 1: Hope and the Spiritual Path 1:23:30
This talk looks at the difference between egoic hopes and fears, and the quality of hopefulness ("holy hope") that is an essential dimension in spiritual experience. We reflect on the three components of hope that serve awakening: Aspiration, Trust and Dedication of energy.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-06-03 Being to Being- True Refuge in Relationship 69:22
When we are stressed, our way of relating to each other is ego to ego. This talk explores the understandings and practices that enable us to embody "nameste": Honoring the sacred that lives through all beings.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2013-05-29 Practicing Meditation: "Getting Out Of Your Own Way" 1:16:31
The depth and vitality of a meditation practice depends on our sincerity, and an attitude of curiosity and friendliness. With this as the grounds, our practice will cultivate the clear seeing and openheartedness that expresses our deepest nature. This talk covers basic ingredients in a meditation practice, and includes a half hour of questions and responses.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-05-22 Being to Being - Loving Beyond the Trance 1:22:52
We have strong conditioning to relate to each other from a sense of separateness--persona to persona. This talk looks at what traps us in egoic relating and how several simple yet powerful reflections can open us to pure, unconditioned loving.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-05-15 Releasing the Barriers to Unconditional Love 1:23:24
We long for love and habitually armor our hearts. This talk explores the aggression and clinging that protect our wound of feeling unlovable, and the ways that mindfulness can dissolve our defenses and reveal our inner refuge of pure loving presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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