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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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2019-01-16 Realizing Your Deepest Intention 49:31
The Buddha taught that this whole life – including our thoughts, feelings and actions – arise from the tip of intention. While our intentions are usually marbled with wanting and fear, when intention comes into the light of consciousness, it unfolds into its most pure essence. This talk explores ways that when we are stuck in reactivity, we can become aware of intention, and find our way to the aspiration that expresses our most awake and loving heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-01-16 Meditation: Relaxing Back into Awareness 20:04
When we fully inhabit our body, we discover the space and wakefulness of awareness itself. In this meditation, we rest in this open awareness, and when the attention narrows into thoughts, we practice relaxing back into the openness that includes passing sounds, sensations and feelings. We close with a brief offering of lovingkindness to our own hearts and our world (with community OMs – no bell at end).
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-01-09 Meditation: Letting Go… Letting Be 16:57
This guided meditation invites us to imagine a clenched fist relaxing open, and explores this in releasing contractions in the body as well as the grip of thoughts. When we deeply let go and let be, our energy flows freely. We reconnect with our natural aliveness, love and awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-01-09 Finding True Refuge: Pathways of Remembering 56:02
This talk explores the three archetypal refuges of awareness (Buddha-nature), truth (Dharma) and love (Sangha) through stories, illustrations and reflections. We end with a Refuge ceremony that can be done by anyone who feels drawn. (To participate you will need a 20” red string.)
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-12-31 Meditation: Being the Ocean and Opening to the Waves 26:54
We can’t truly open to the waves of life unless we recognize our Oceanness, the formless awareness that is our source. This meditation begins with awakening the senses and then invites us to discover the spacious presence in the background of all experience.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2018 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2018-12-30 From Judgment to Self-Compassion 55:58
When we’ve turned on ourselves with blame and aversion, it’s very difficult to arouse self-compassion. This talk looks at the role of nurturing in freeing our hearts, and offers practice in three key steps that enable us to embrace ourselves with a healing presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2018 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2018-12-26 Meditation: Awakening the Heart – Giving and Receiving Loving Blessings 11:06
Our hearts awaken as we express and receive love in an embodied, conscious way. This guided practice brings our attention to dear ones in our life, and explores how we discover deep communion through offering and letting in love.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-12-26 Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO 51:21
Two common fears can block us from our full potential – fear of failure (FOF), and fear of missing out (FOMO). This talk explores how to meet these fears with mindful presence, and discover within them the essence energies of loving awareness and full aliveness (a favorite from the archives).
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-12-19 Meditation: Arriving in Open Presence 18:00
This meditation begins with a receptive opening to body sensations and sounds, and the invitation to rest in wakeful presence. We are reminded that each time we awaken from thoughts and arrive again in presence, we are deepening the pathway home. The sitting closes with a brief lovingkindness prayer.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2018-12-19 Three Core Capacities in Loving Fully 36:58
This talk looks at three ways of awakening our hearts—seeing goodness, feeling appreciation as a bodily experience, and expressing our care. We are then guided in developing each of these capacities by focusing our attention on someone we care about, with whom we’d like to experience our full potential for loving.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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