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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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2019-04-10 Meditation: Letting Life Be 22:55
This meditation establishes an atmosphere of loving kindness with the “smile”; relaxes and awakens through the body; and guides us into a spacious presence. We then rest in that presence, letting go of any controlling, and simply allow life to be as it is. It’s in “letting be” that we come home to the luminosity and tenderness of natural awareness. We close with a verse from Mary Oliver…
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-04-10 Beyond the Controlling Self – Part 2 49:22
It’s natural that we do what we can to ward off danger and further ourselves. While our control strategies – such as aggression, judging, planning, seeking approval, pretending – have a developmental role, they are not a recipe for happiness, intimacy and freedom. An essential part of our evolution is to recognize when we are over-managing our lives, and learn to let go of the controls. These talks explore how we can release the grip of the over-controller, and the profound awakening of our hearts and minds that is possible in the shift from doing to being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-04-03 Meditation: Letting Go into Living Presence 18:14
This guided meditation starts with a scan that invites relaxing and awakening through the body. We then allow life – sounds, sensations, aliveness – to live through us, resting in open presence. When there is tightening, holding or confinement in thoughts, we recognize and re-open, letting go into the presence that is always here.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-04-03 Beyond the Controlling Self – Part 1 50:29
It’s natural that we do what we can to ward off danger and further ourselves. While our control strategies – such as aggression, judging, planning, seeking approval, pretending – have a developmental role, they are not a recipe for happiness, intimacy and freedom. An essential part of our evolution is to recognize when we are over-managing our lives, and learn to let go of the controls. These talks explore how we can release the grip of the over-controller, and the profound awakening of our hearts and minds that is possible in the shift from doing to being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-03-27 Meditation: Saying “Yes” to Reality 17:37
Our suffering comes from tensing and resisting the life that’s here. This meditation guides us to relax and awaken our body and senses, and resting in presence, allow life to be as it is. As our “Yes” to the changing flow becomes full, we discover the freedom of awake awareness itself.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-03-27 The Four Remembrances 50:43
When we attune to the reality of impermanence and death, we remember what most matters to us. But in daily life we can lose precious swaths of time in a reactive trance, on our way somewhere else, and lost in problem solving, judgment and worry. This talk reflects on four remembrances or practices – Pausing, Yes to life, Turning toward love, and Resting in awareness – that help us awaken from trance and live true to the loving presence that is our essence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-03-20 Meditation: Being Here (with community OM’s) 20:42
We miss many moments of this precious life drifting in a virtual thought world. This meditation helps us collect and calm ourselves with the breath; relax through our bodies; and then include the changing dance of sounds, sensations and feeling in open awareness. Our practice is to recognize the quality of Hereness, and when we drift, return again to this open presence, relaxing with the changing flow of life. “…learning to relax with the flow of life… to be fully here.”
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-03-20 Embodied Presence: Portal to the Sacred – Part 2 50:54
This two part series explores how we regularly leave our body and skim life’s surface in a mental trance, and the ways we can train our attention to come home again. We look at working with physical and emotional pain, and the gifts of love, wisdom, creativity and aliveness that arise as we learn to fully inhabit these living forms and all our senses with awareness. Includes a meditation to guide us in working with pain.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-03-13 Meditation: Entering Heartspace with the “Smile-Down” 18:28
The practice of visualizing and feeling a smile spreading through the body helps us access the natural tenderness and openness of our being. This meditation guides us in the smile-down, and then invites a full opening and resting in openhearted presence. We close by bringing that awake heart to an area of difficulty in our life.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-03-13 Embodied Presence: Portal to the Sacred – Part 1 47:08
This two part series explores how we regularly leave our body and skim life’s surface in a mental trance, and the ways we can train our attention to come home again. We look at working with physical and emotional pain, and the gifts of love, wisdom, creativity and aliveness that arise as we learn to fully inhabit these living forms and all our senses with awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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