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Tara Brach's Dharma Talks
Tara Brach
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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2016-12-21 The Revolution of Tenderness – Part 2 65:54
These two talks explore our capacity to be tender – sensitive and responsive to ourselves and others. This capacity marks a radical evolutionary shift from a self-centered existence shaped by fear, to a life lived from the realization of our collective belonging and the preciousness of all life. The talks examine the conditioning that inclines us toward dissociation and emotional reactivity, and the practices of presence that evolve our heart and awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-12-14 The Revolution of Tenderness - Part 1 1:15:33
These two talks explore our capacity to be tender - sensitive and responsive to ourselves and others. This capacity marks a radical evolutionary shift from a self-centered existence shaped by fear, to a life lived from the realization of our collective belonging and the preciousness of all life. The talks examine the conditioning that inclines us toward dissociation and emotional reactivity, and the practices of presence that evolve our heart and awareness. from Tara’s talk: Pope Francis invites us to “live the revolution of tenderness,” which is expressed through closeness, compassion and service...
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-12-07 Spiritual Reparenting 1:12:21
When we are not sufficiently nurtured in childhood, we are inclined toward anxiety, depression, addiction and other forms of suffering. In a deep way, we do not feel at home with others, and are disconnected from our own body, heart and spirit. This talk explores how meditation offers "spiritual reparenting” as we learn to bring interest, understanding and love to our own inner vulnerability. This process of healing extends to our relationships with others and our larger society - by reaching out to widening circles with interest and care, we bring increasing harmony and peace to our world. "How do we love ourselves into healing?" From a place of caring, ask, "Where does it hurt?"
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-11-23 “Play a Greater Part” – Part 2 - Bodhisattva for our Times 1:18:14
During scary and uncertain times, the habitual reflex is to try to find ground by creating stories about what’s happening and hardening into us-them blame. This only perpetuates the aggression and violence that is so prevalent in our societies. These two talks are a reflection on how we as awakening bodhisattvas can evolve our consciousness in a way that serves authentic societal healing and transformation. “Though I do not expect a plant to spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” ~ Thoreau
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-11-16 "Play a Greater Part" - Bodhisattva for our Times - Part 1 69:16
During scary and uncertain times, the habitual reflex is to try to find ground by creating stories about what’s happening and hardening into us-them blame. This only perpetuates the aggression and violence that is so prevalent in our societies. These two talks are a reflection on how we as awakening bodhisattvas can evolve our consciousness in a way that serves authentic societal healing and transformation.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2016-11-10 Trusting the Gold 69:56
When we are unaware of the emotions and beliefs that shape our experience, we are in a trance characterized by an identity as a separate, incomplete self. Trance obscures the awareness and love that is our deepest essence. This talk explores the two key pathways of awakening from trance and recognizing and trusting the gold of our true nature.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2016 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2016-11-07 Morning Instruction with Question and Response 13:45
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2016 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2016-11-06 The Wings of Awakening - Self-Honesty and Love 62:25
We evolve our consciousness by bringing a clear and kind attention to the tangles of suffering. This talk explores how the "second arrow" of self-judgment imprisons us in emotional reactivity, and the pathways of awakening awareness that reconnect us with our full human potential.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2016 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2016-11-05 Heart Meditation: Taking In the Goodness 24:56
Rumi said, “Whenever some kindness comes to you, turn that way – toward the source of kindness.” This meditation guides us to look for the source of loving and to turn in that direction. It begins with a lovingkindness practice that spreads the image of a smile into the body, then continues with a practice of seeing the goodness of ourselves and others. “What’s it like when you communicate your appreciation of goodness to another person?”
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2016 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2016-11-02 Awakening Consciousness in Shadowy Times - Part 2 68:50
The shadow is the unfaced, unlived fears and emotional pain in our individual and collective psyche. When not brought into awareness it expresses as “no” - the anger, aggression, hopelessness and cynicism that is resisting and opposing life. In this talk we explore how to evolve our consciousness by bringing “yes” - clarity and loving acceptance - to the parts of our being we have been unwilling to feel. This loving “yes” reconnects us to our basic goodness and helps others do the same.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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