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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.
2021-12-01 Heart Meditation: Taking in the Goodness (24:31 min.) 24:34
Taking in the Goodness: Rumi said, “Whenever some kindness comes to you, turn that way – toward the source of kindness.” This meditation guides us to look for the source of loving and to turn in that direction. It begins with a lovingkindness practice that spreads the image of a smile into the body, then continues with a practice of seeing the goodness of ourselves and others.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2021-11-24 Gratitude: Entering Sacred Relationship 52:25
Gratitude arises when we are in sacred relationship with life—present, open and receptive. This talk explores how central gratitude is to our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, and then looks at the ways we can directly gladden our minds with gratitude. We end with a guided meditation that includes sharings from the group. The audio includes a poem of blessing by John O’Donohue with a brief cut from Robert Gass – Om Namaha Shivaya (from the archives).
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2021-11-24 Meditation: Energy and Source (19:21 min) 19:21
Our incessant thinking removes us from the full aliveness, vastness and mystery of Being. This guided practice helps us inhabit our energetic forms, and rest in the vast, formless stillness that gives rise to this ever creative living world.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2021-11-17 Facing the Truths That Keep Us from Love 59:54
A Conversation between Tara and Rev Angel Kyodo Williams – Our happiness and capacity to love fully arise as we face and embrace all domains of our existence. In this conversation we look at the often unexamined societal conditioning that, when unseen, perpetuates caste systems that harm ourselves and all involved. Our inquiry: For the sake of freedom, how do we deepen our attention to see the forces that cut us off from wholeness, from belonging, from living from an awake, compassionate heart?
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2021-11-17 Meditation: Filling Our Body with Love (16:26 min.) 16:27
When we are fully awake, love shines through our entire body and being. This meditation awakens that embodied love through the image and felt sense of the smile, scanning through the body, resting in loving presence and offering loving prayer.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2021-11-10 Fear and Love 59:40
Only when we face our fears can we discover the freedom to love without holding back. This talk looks at how unprocessed fear contracts our body, heart and mind, and on a societal level is the cause of othering and violence. We then explore how arousing mindfulness, compassion and prayer can enlarge our basic sense of Being. As we deepen attention to the nature of awareness, we discover a refuge that is timeless…a refuge that is our true home.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2021-11-10 Meditation: Awakening Self-Compassion (27:02 min.) 27:01
This RAIN meditation helps us explore pathways to nurturing ourselves in a way that brings profound transformation and healing.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2021-11-03 After the RAIN: The Flowering of Awake Awareness – Part 2 58:03
The blessing of the spiritual path is a homecoming to our essential nature—wakeful, loving awareness. These two talks explore the grounds of that awakening, which is a shift of identity from that of a separate self to realizing the formless luminous presence that, like a boundless ocean, includes all the waves or expressions of our being. This two-part series includes several guided reflections and invites us into the dimensions of the path that lead to true freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2021 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2021-11-03 Meditation: The Return to Presence – Rest Your Mind in What Is (21:17 min.) 21:17
It’s natural that our attention wanders, and the more we relax back, the more that becomes our habit…returning to presence. This meditation opens with conscious breathing and awakening through the body. We then rest in open awareness, and when the attention drifts, guide ourselves to rest our minds, over and over, in the aliveness and presence that is right here.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2021 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2021-10-27 After the RAIN: The Flowering of Awake Awareness – Part I 56:19
The blessing of the spiritual path is homecoming to our essential nature—wakeful, loving awareness. These two talks explore the grounds of that awakening, which is a shift of identity from that of a separate self to realizing the formless luminous presence that, like a boundless ocean, includes all the waves or expressions of our being. This two-part series includes several guided reflections and invites us into the dimensions of the path that lead to true freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

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