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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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2020-02-05 Embodied Presence (Part 2) - Planting our Roots in the Universe 48:22
In describing our human predicament and dis-ease, D.H. Lawrence says we are like a great tree with our roots in the air. We need to replant ourselves—in our bodies, hearts and spirit. These two talks are guides to replanting ourselves. In Part 1, we explore how we are so often dissociated from the life of our body, and the pathways home. Part 2 looks at the challenges of pain, fear and trauma, and how we can gradually and skillfully reconnect with a wholeness of being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2020-02-05 Meditation: A Listening Presence 20:00
The receptivity of listening awakens us to the living stream of life. This meditation guides us in listening to sounds, and then listening to and feeling the aliveness of our bodies and the movement of the breath. We close with a simple offering of lovingkindness to our inner life and our world.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2020-01-25 Self Compassion 6:27:42
Book launch Self Compassion
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2020-01-22 Meditation: Portal to Sacred Presence 22:00
This meditation includes a full body scan, and then opens the senses to all experience, allowing life to be just as it is. Awakening to the life of our body reveals the mysterious formless presence that is our source. We close with a poem from Danna Faulds, Trusting Prana.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2020-01-22 Embodied Presence (Part 1) - Planting our Roots in the Universe 47:40
In describing our human predicament and dis-ease, D.H. Lawrence says we are like a great tree with our roots in the air. We need to replant ourselves—in our bodies, hearts and spirit. These two talks are guides to replanting ourselves. In Part 1, we explore how we are so often dissociated from the life of our body, and the pathways home. Part 2 looks at the challenges of pain, fear and trauma, and how we can gradually and skillfully reconnect with a wholeness of being.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2020-01-15 Meditation: Coming Home with the Breath 20:34
This guided practice has a short period of relaxing the body, and establishes the breath as a home base for attention. We practice arriving again and again, deepening the pathway of homecoming. The meditation ends with lovingkindness for ourselves and our world.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2020-01-15 Shifting from Limbic to Liberating Itention 48:32
Becoming conscious of our intentions is the first step to truly aligning our life with our heart. This talk explores identifying when we are being driven by grasping and fear, and ways we can bring compassion to unmet needs and discover the deeper longing – the liberating intention – that guides us to freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2020-01-08 Meditation: Relaxed and Awake 17:14
This guided meditation helps us find ease and wakefulness in our body and mind. With the breath as our home base, we offer a gentle and full attention to the changing waves. We close with a beautiful poem, “Walk Slowly,” by Danna Faulds
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2020-01-08 The Three Refuges - Gateways to Belonging and Freedom 55:44
We all need ways to guide our attention that allow us to find wisdom, love and freedom in the midst of our lives. This talk reviews three archetypal gateways—Buddha/awareness, Dharma/truth, and Sangha/loving community. Through teachings, guided meditations and a traditional refuge ritual, we engage together in bringing alive these pathways to healing and peace. (Note: Includes Refuges string tying ceremony and chanting the Refuges at end) St. Teresa of Avila says, “Only at the shrine where all are welcome will God sing loud enough to be heard.”
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2020-01-01 Reintegration | Closing Dharma Talks, Q&A 59:56
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion | with Tara Brach, Noliwe Alexander, Konda Mason and Jonathan Foust

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