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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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2019-11-02 Start of First Morning Meditation - 10 min. 9:59
Can be used to begin a meditation session of any length.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2019-10-23 Belonging to Each Other – Part 3 of 3 50:20
Mother Teresa writes that if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. These three talks explore the causes for severed belonging, and pathways to deepening the felt sense of belonging to our own body, heart and spirit, and to all beings. Together the talks offer a natural and powerful progression of lovingkindness or metta reflections, that when practiced regularly can open us to the peace, joy and freedom of trusting our mutual belonging.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-10-23 Meditation: Awake and Alive 18:30
This guided practice includes a body scan, and an opening to the awareness that includes all of life. From that wakeful openness we offer a relaxed attentiveness to the changing flow, and close with loving kindness to ourselves and our world.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-10-16 Meditation: Vast and Timeless Presence 21:16
The pathway to inhabiting our full presence is including, with mindfulness all parts of experience. This guided meditation explores how we can open, without resistance to the changing flow of sensations, feelings, thoughts and sounds, and discover the boundless awareness that is our true home.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-10-16 Belonging to Each Other – Part 2 of 3 53:42
Mother Teresa writes that if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. These three talks explore the causes for severed belonging, and pathways to deepening the felt sense of belonging to our own body, heart and spirit, and to all beings. Together the talks offer a natural and powerful progression of lovingkindness or metta reflections, that when practiced regularly can open us to the peace, joy and freedom of trusting our mutual belonging.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-10-16 RAIN on Blame: A Guided Meditation 14:38
When we are stuck in blame or resentment we are in a trance – the other person becomes an unreal bad other, and our own sense of being contracts into a victimized self, an angry self, a righteous self. Using the acronym RAIN, this practice guides us in bringing mindfulness and compassion to our inner experience, and then to viewing the other with a more open and clear heart. By awakening from the trance of blame, we are able to respond with intelligence and care to the unmet needs that underlie all conflict.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-10-09 Meditation: Relaxed and Alert 21:16
This meditation begins with a period of relaxing and collecting our attention with intentional long deep breathing. We then deepen embodied presence, and widen to the awareness that includes sounds, sensations, feelings, breath, and all experience. When the mind drifts from this open, awake awareness, we gently return, re-relaxing and resting in an easeful, alert presence. Recorded at Tara’s Wednesday night class, the meditation includes chanting of OM’s and ends with a sense of melting into community.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-10-09 Belonging to Each Other – Part 1 51:08
Mother Teresa writes that if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. These two talks explore the causes for severed belonging, and pathways to deepening the felt sense of belonging to our own body, heart and spirit, and to all beings. Together the talks offer a natural and powerful progression of lovingkindness or metta reflections, that when practiced regularly can open us to the peace, joy and freedom of trusting our mutual belonging.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-10-02 Meditation: Relaxing into Awake Awareness 19:15
We realize our true nature by relaxing back into what is always, already here. Starting by scanning and opening through the body, we explore resting in the awareness that includes sounds, sensations and all of life. The guidance is, when we recognize thoughts, to simply relax back, and allow life to be just as it is.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-10-02 Spiritual Hope: Trusting Your Awakening Heart 47:55
Our beliefs and understandings about reality directly impact our moment to moment experience of living. If we believe we will never change, that blocks the transformation that brings happiness and freedom. If we trust our spiritual unfolding and are open to possibility, that guides our attention and behaviors in ways that evolve us. This talk explores how to nurture mature, spiritual hope—hope that is sourced in trusting our intrinsic goodness, and our capacity for deepening love and wisdom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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