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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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2013-03-13 Part 1: Three Blessings of Awakening Consciousness 69:39
Part 1: In this two part series we explore the evolution of consciousness through the lens of three key capacities: A forgiving heart, inner fire (conscious aspiration toward freedom) and self-inquiry.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-02-27 The Fires of Loss 60:52
We all encounter the great losses of our own health and life, and of cherished others. We are conditioned to resist opening to the rawness and grief that comes with loss. This talk describes the refuge of presence in the face of loss, and the gift of timeless love that arises as we make peace with the reality of this living, dying world. [NOTE: Tara was traveling this week, so offering a well-loved talk from 2010.]
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-02-20 Beyond the Interpreted World 1:20:51
Hildegard of Bingen writes, "An interpreted world is not a Home." This talk explores the suffering that arises from believing in an interpreted reality, and the love, aliveness and freedom that becomes accessible as we challenge beliefs and awaken into living presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-02-13 The Wings of a Liberating Presence 1:17:07
No matter what is happening in our lives, if we relate to our experience with mindful recognition and an allowing presence, it becomes a portal to freedom. In this talk we explore how the cultivation of these wings of presence awakens us from the identification with an egoic self, and reveals the awareness and love that is our true nature.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-02-06 Embodying True Refuge - Serving and Savoring Life 1:31:18
This talk traces the story of the Buddha's awakening, and reflects on four key archetypal elements that are relevant for each of us as we come home to our true nature. There is a particular emphasis on how these elements enable us to encounter challenges in relationships and find our way to openhearted presence. Includes music honoring the launch of Tara's new book, True Refuge: vocal by La Sarmiento and Guru Ganesha with his Kirtan band.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-01-30 Remembering What Matters 1:25:28
Our conscious aspiration toward awakening is what energizes the spiritual path. This talk reviews the main characteristic of a vital aspiration, the conditioning that obscures our deepest intentions and offers guided reflections to connect us with what most matters.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-01-19 Encountering the Shadow Deities 62:57
When we forget who we are, we are living in a trance that is characterized by suffering. This talk explores the genesis of this trance, and the transformation that is possible as we bring forgiveness and mindful presence to the afflictive emotions that naturally arise.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2013 IMCW Women's Retreat: The Heart of Buddhist Meditation
2013-01-16 Stepping Out of the Cave 1:15:58
If we are suffering it is because we are believing something that is not true. This talk explores the genesis of our core beliefs and the investigation, mindfulness and compassion that can release their grip.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-01-09 The Barriers to Loving Presence 1:15:18
You might reflect on someone important to you, and ask: "What is between me and loving fully?" Notice what happens. This talk explores the ways we create separations from others, and the power of inquiry and presence to awaken an unconditionally loving heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-01-02 Finding True Refuge 1:31:30
This talk explores the three classic gateways to peace and freedom and includes a living ritual that invites us to bring a conscious, sincere dedication to our awakening on the spiritual path.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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