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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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2019-05-22 Meditation: RAIN on Self-Blame 9:45
One of the greatest roots of suffering is being at war with ourselves. This meditation, based on the acronym RAIN (recognize-allow-investigate-nurture), guides us in releasing the armoring of blame, and relating to our inner life with greater understanding and compassion.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-05-15 Compassion Towards All: Moving toward a Plant Based Diet 23:30
For most of human history it’s been “normal” to eat non-human animals. This is now changing. We are awakening to the massive suffering of the billions of animals killed each day for food, the horrors of the animal-food industry, and the impact it has on climate change (second only to fossil fuels.) In this short talk Tara shares her personal story of transitioning to a vegan diet, and invites listeners to investigate, without judgment, their own choices in this domain.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-05-08 Trusting the Gold (retreat talk) 62:06
This talk looks at how our upbringing and culture lead us to mistrust who we are and become identified as a separate, deficient self. We then explore the practices of presence and self-inquiry that turn us toward the openness, tenderness and wakefulness of our Being. Our trust grows as we increasingly glimpse, embody and live from our natural Being. NOTE: This talk was given at the Spring 2019 IMCW 7-day Silent Retreat.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2019-05-05 Meditation: Retreat Instructions, Day 2 34:56
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2019-05-04 Meditation - First Morning 16:58
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2019-05-03 Opening Retreat Talks - 63:19
Introductions, Orientation, Instructions Tara Brach, Jonathan Foust, La Sarmiento, Kate Johnson
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2019-05-01 Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame – Part 2 54:51
Rumi invites us to find the barriers we’ve erected against love, and a universal one is blame. These three talks are an invitation to relax those barriers, and to open our hearts to our inner life and to all beings. Part I focuses on chronic self-judgment; Part 2 on the places of deep self-condemnation, and Part 3 on where we have locked into anger, blame or hatred of others. Each includes guided reflections that can support us in directly awakening beyond the confining thoughts and feelings of blame.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-05-01 Meditation: Being Here 22:40
This practice sets the atmosphere of loving presence with a smile-down and waking up all the senses. We relax into open awareness, receptive to the breath or whatever waves of experience are calling for attention. The invitation is to rest in Hereness, fully awake in presence. The meditation ends with a short offering of blessings.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-04-24 Meditation: Awakening Our Energy Body 19:49
This meditation scans the body and directly invites the awakening of key energy centers (chakras) in our body. We then rest in the openhearted awareness that includes this ever changing creative flow of aliveness. We close with a prayer of loving kindness. "No matter how often the mind drifts, all that really matters is the quality of heart in the way you come back… to come back with interest and friendliness to this moment, then you plant those seeds for whatever else arises."
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-04-24 Equanimity: A Heart That is Ready for Anything (Duck Meditation) 50:28
Equanimity is the quality of presence that is open, balanced and non-reactive. As this talk explores, when equanimity is lacking, we become easily lost in trance, identified as a defended and controlling egoic self. When present, the solidity and constriction of egoic self dissolves, and our heart is free to respond to life with love, compassion, forgiveness and joy. Note: this talk is a favorite from the 2014 archives and includes the “Duck Meditation” and bricklayer stories.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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