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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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2019-05-07 Meditation: Releasing the Armor of Blame 35:22
We can’t will forgiveness, but we can be willing to bring presence to our wounds, and gradually let go of the blame that contracts and dulls our hearts.
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
2019-04-17 Meditation: Sea of Loving Presence 22:14
In this meditation we begin with the image and felt sense of a smile to arouse an atmosphere of care, and allow that caring presence to fill our body and the entire field of awareness. We then open to the changing experience of breath, sensations, feelings, sound and thoughts. By resting in a wakeful and open heartspace, we can include all the passing waves with ease and tenderness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-04-17 Forgiveness: Releasing Ourselves and Others from Aversive Blame – Part 1 51:52
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 II on the places of deep self-condemnation, and Part III 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

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