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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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2019-11-03 Judgment, Acceptance and Freedom (Retreat Talk) 54:57
The boundary to what we accept is the boundary to our freedom. This talk explores the often unconscious ways we create separation by judging ourselves and others, and the key pathways of meditation practice that release the habit of blame and free our hearts.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
2019-11-02 Guided Heart Meditation - Loving Kindness - Befriending our Lives (includes a short talk) 39:28
This meditation introduces the domain of “heart practices” and then guides us in how to cultivate a deep quality of friendliness in relating to our inner life and each other. The gift of this practice is a direct sense of belonging - knowing that we can never be alone.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2019 IMCW Fall Retreat: Intimacy with Life
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

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