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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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2013-04-24 Letting Go Into Living and Dying 1:19:51
Our capacity to live and love fully is directly related to our acceptance of change and loss. This talk explores how we avoid the pain of loss, ways of practicing that open us to this changing world, and the gifts of letting go into the flow.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-04-17 Entering the Mystery 1:19:10
John O'Donahue writes, "We are so busy managing our lives, we forget this great mystery we are involved in." This talk looks at the ways we pull away from the mystery and the path of "beginners mind" that enables us to encounter this living world with freshness, courage and wonder.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-04-10 Heavenly Messengers 1:25:22
Tara interviews Frank Ostaseski, founder of Zen Hospice, on a contemplative approach to death and dying.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-04-03 Part 3: Three Gifts - Looking in the Mirror 69:51
The third gift on the journey of awakening is the mirror. In this talk we explore how to look back into our own minds and discover the timeless, radiant presence that is our essence. It is this realization of our Beingness that enables us to live these lives with wisdom, love and wonder.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-03-27 Part 2: Three Blessings - Inner Fire 1:11:06
Each of us has the longing to manifest our full potential--to realize and live from loving, awake awareness. This longing is our inner fire, and when conscious and vibrant, it energizes the spiritual path. In this talk we reflect on how fear obscures and redirects our inner fire, and how practices of presence and wise reflection awaken the power and purity of our longing.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-03-20 Self Compassion (retreat talk) 0:00
We can only find love and peace in this life if we are able to hold our inner life with compassion. This talk explores the subtle and therefore often unseen ways that we turn on ourselves, and the pathways to a forgiving heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
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

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