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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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2020-01-15 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
2019-12-30 Guided Heart Meditation: Releasing Blame 41:38
Our self-protective habits of resentment and blame block intimacy and connection with ourself and others. This short talk and meditation are an invitation to deepen our understanding of the suffering of blame, and to release the armoring to loving freely.
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
2019-12-29 Introductory Meditation Instructions 39:01
This guided session includes an overview of the primary components in meditation practices, and then guidance in awakening the senses, collecting the attention, and opening mindfully to changing experience.
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
2019-12-28 The Power of Awake Awareness (retreat talk) 63:48
We all encounter “demons” of fear, anger, hurt, craving and shame. This talk explores our key ways of resisting difficult emotions, and how “when the resistance is gone, the demons are gone.” We look at the power of mindfulness and compassion to undo resistance, and open us to the loving presence that can handle whatever energies arise. This special talk was given at the 2019 IMCW 5-Day New Year’s Silent Retreat.
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
2019-12-27 New Year Retreat | Opening Dharma Talks 61:33
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
2019-12-18 A Brief Meditation: Gathering and Arriving in Presence 3:33
A brief meditation to gather the attention, loosen and soften the body, sense your intention for being here, and feel the quality of presence of an awakening heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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