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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
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2017-10-18 Finding Peace in the Chaos 41:13
  Shell Fischer
"If you don't become the ocean, you will be seasick every day." ~ Leonard Cohen - During this talk, Shell will be offering a variety of different mindfulness methods we can use to approach and re-discover the calm, peace, and ease of equanimity -- or balanced awareness -- in the face of what are often called the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows that make up all the days and moments of our lives. Shell will explore how, through our meditation practice, we can learn to accept and welcome each moment -- life as it IS -- with as much peace, compassion, and kindness as we can muster, without falling into despair and resignation, and without making anything wrong -- especially ourselves.
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2017-10-18 Meditation 27:52
  Shell Fischer
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2017-10-11 Meditation: Present Heart 14:37
  Tara Brach
We awaken a present heart by relaxing with the breath, and bringing the kindness of a smile into our bodily experience. This meditation ends with offering blessings to our inner life and all beings.
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2017-10-11 River of Change – Part 2 – Bringing a Wise Heart to this Impermanent Life 49:06
  Tara Brach
These two talks look at how we relate to change – especially the notable changes involving loss of relationships and our own body and mind. We examine our strategies for avoiding uncertainty and fear; the consequences of resisting reality; our refuges of presence and compassion in the face of grief; and the gifts of opening fully to the river of change.
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2017-10-04 Meditation: Saying “Yes” to Life 16:30
  Tara Brach
This meditation guides us in relaxing through the body, then opening to the changing river of experience. By continually relaxing back and letting go into what is unfolding, we discover the natural vastness, wakefulness and vitality of our essential Being. The poet Danna Faulds writes: In the shared quiet, an invitation arises like a white dove lifting from a limb and taking flight. Come and live in truth. Take your place in the flow of grace. Draw aside the veil you thought would always separate your heart from love. All you ever longed for is before you in this moment, if you dare draw in a breath and whisper “yes.”
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2017-10-04 River of Change – Bringing a Wise Heart to this Impermanent Life – Part 1 54:35
  Tara Brach
These two talks look at how we relate to change – especially the notable changes involving loss of relationships and our own body and mind. We examine our strategies for avoiding uncertainty and fear; the consequences of resisting reality; our refuges of presence and compassion in the face of grief; and the gifts of opening fully to the river of change.
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2017-09-13 Meditation: Arriving in Stillness 15:38
  Ruth King
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2017-09-13 The Racial Awareness Rubik - What we forget but must remember 45:08
  Ruth King
This talk explores six hindrances to racial harmony and six principles that support a culture of care, as well as the Buddha’s teachings on the Two Truth Doctrine and Misperception. Enjoy a blog written by Aryenish Birdie after attending the talk: "Why People of Color and White Folks Think About Race Differently." http://encompassmovement.org/why-people-of-color-and-white-folks-think-about-race-differently/
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2017-08-30 Meditation: Present Heartspace 18:00
  Tara Brach
This meditation establishes an embodied presence with the gentleness of a smile-down scan, then opens us to the heartspace that includes the changing waves of experience. It ends with a short lovingkindness meditation that offers prayers for relief of the current great suffering from floods in Texas, India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
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2017-08-30 True Resilience – Part 2: Awakening through All Circumstances 48:06
  Tara Brach
Spiritual resilience enables us to deepen compassion and wisdom as we navigate life’s difficulties. In this two part series, we will look at the conditions that incline us towards or away from True Resilience, and explore practical and powerful practices that nourish this precious capacity. “The hard times are what move us to become who we really are. We grow through the tough stuff if we are willing to be present. Whatever is arising, without exception, can be a portal to awakening and freedom. If you deepen your attention to the waves, how might it awaken and free you?”
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