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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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2019-07-10 The Path of Spiritual Surrender: Part 1 54:48
Cultivating a surrendering presence allows us to release the identity of a small, separate self, and open to the truth and fullness of who we are. These two talks explore misunderstandings about surrender (such as the fear that we will become passive or condone injustice) and the practices that create the grounds for surrender, emotional healing, transformational activism and spiritual freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-07-10 Meditation: Befriending Your Inner Life 16:10
This meditation establishes a gentle and caring presence through bringing the image and felt sense of a smile to various domains in the body. We then settle with the breath, and practice relaxing with whatever arises, letting life be just as it is. The underlying intention is to regard all experience with a clear, interested and friendly attention. The gift is a homecoming to our naturally loving presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-07-03 Meditation: Receiving Life in Open, Awake Awareness 19:44
This meditation awakens a receptive attention to the senses, starting with physical sensations and opening to sound. Then we sense how open awake awareness is receiving the moment to moment arising and passing life. In the final part of the practice, we explore how awake awareness is receiving the experience of our heart and offer blessings to our inner life and all living beings.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-07-03 How Hope Can Heal and Free Us – Part 2 53:04
The mature expression of hope includes three elements: the aspiration for manifesting our full potential, a trust that this is possible, and an energy that engages to serve this unfolding. In this talk, we explore the importance of hope on the spiritual path, its shadow side, and how we can nourish hope through these three elements in a way that serves inner freedom and the healing of our world.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-06-26 How Hope Can Heal and Free Us – Part 1 44:47
The mature expression of hope includes three elements: the aspiration for manifesting our full potential, a trust that this is possible, and an energy that engages to serve this unfolding. In this talk, we explore the importance of hope on the spiritual path, its shadow side, and how we can nourish hope through these three elements in a way that serves inner freedom and the healing of our world (a special favorite from the archives).
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-06-26 Meditation: Awakening Our Full Aliveness 20:23
We cut off from our aliveness when we are lost in thoughts and on auto pilot. This meditation arouses a receptivity to sensation from “the inside out,” opens the awareness to sound, and then invites a full resting in receptive, dynamic presence (from the archives).
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-06-19 The Courage to Love – Part 2 51:40
The gateway to full intimacy and love is our capacity to open to vulnerability. These two talks look at our ways of avoiding vulnerability, and offer guidance in learning to contact and transform our fears into awake and loving presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-06-19 Meditation: Wakeful, Open Awareness 19:38
When we awaken our senses, we can sense in the background a wakeful openness that is our true home. This meditation guides us by first attending to the space, aliveness and awareness that fills the body, and then by sensing how interior and exterior space is continuous, and suffused with the light of awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-06-12 The Courage to Love – Part 1 53:36
The gateway to full intimacy and love is our capacity to open to vulnerability. These two talks look at our ways of avoiding vulnerability, and offer guidance in learning to contact and transform our fears into awake and loving presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2019-06-12 Meditation: Effortless and Wakeful Presence 16:57
Striving in meditation only creates more tension in our psyche and a solidified sense of self. This meditation invites us to awaken our senses and relax back into the presence that is always and already here. From presence we spontaneously notice and allow the changing flow of experience, and sense the openness and wakefulness of our natural awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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