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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
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2018-01-17 Meditation: Receiving Life with an Open Awareness 20:44
  Tara Brach
We begin with listening and then bring a receptive attention to experience the life of the body. We then open the attention to the whole field of sensations and sound, and rest in the openness and presence that includes all the changing currents of experience.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2018-01-17 Freedom from Othering: Undoing the Myths that Imprison Us – Part 1 46:54
  Tara Brach
A primary source of our suffering is the conditioning to create “bad other,” or “inferior other.” This same conditioning leads us to creating a bad self and turn on ourselves. These two talks explore how we subscribe to societal myths and beliefs that perpetuate this “bad othering,” and “bad selfing.” They then guide us in bring a healing attention that can reveal the goodness that lives through all beings, and our innate connectedness. A core teaching is, “the boundary to who we include in our hearts is the boundary to our freedom.”
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2018-01-10 Meditation: Space and Aliveness and Awareness 21:36
  Tara Brach
This meditation engages the breath in a way that it connects us with our energetic aliveness and the space that holds and is intrinsic to all life. A body scan using this breath opens us to the body as a field of aliveness. We then rest in the changing flow of experience, and the still presence that is our essence.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2018-01-10 Winds of Homecoming: How Intention Frees Our Heart 50:41
  Tara Brach
The Buddha taught that we live our lives on the tip of intention, it is the seed of our future. This talk explores the difference between “limbic” intentions driven by grasping or fear, and intentions that are the call of our awakening heart. You will learn how to identify and shift from a “limbic” to wise intention, and several different ways you can more readily and regularly access your deepest aspiration.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2018-01-03 Three Gateways to Peace and Freedom 55:07
  Tara Brach
This talk explores the three archetypal refuges of truth, love and awareness. We look at the outer and inner aspects of each refuge, and then through guided reflections and a Refuge Ritual, deepen our commitment to the pathways that awaken our minds and free our hearts. NOTE: Includes a Refuge Ritual at the end of the talk – if you’d like to participate, you’ll need some red string. We use “Classic crochet thread, size 10 in red” about 36 inches per person – available at craft stores. Sing along with The Three Refuges Chant sheet (www.tarabrach.com/three-gateways-peace-freedom/)
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2018-01-03 New Year’s Meditation: Awakening Loving Presence 22:26
  Tara Brach
Loving presence is an innate capacity, and it can be cultivated. This meditation begins with a scan arousing a relaxed tender presence in the body, then brings loving attention to our inner life, and in widening circles, to our world.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2018-01-01 Continuing the Practice 9:57
  Kaira Jewel Lingo
2017 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion

2017-12-31 The Bodhisattva in Difficult Times 66:30
  Hugh Byrne
This talk explores the Buddhist archetype of the bodhisattva and its universal quality across spiritual and other traditions of commitment to the transformation and awakening of one’s own heart for the benefit and freedom of all beings. The civil rights movement in the U.S.—and the role and courage of Rosa Parks and other ordinary people—is presented as a ‘bodhisattva movement’ and a model and encouragement for the challenges we face today.
2017 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion

2017-12-31 Morning Instructions from the New Year’s IMCW Retreat 39:10
  Jonathan Foust
These morning instructions, from the final morning of a five-day retreat, offers guidance for concentration (focus), mindfulness (flow) and resting presence (letting go).
2017 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion

2017-12-30 Guided Heart Meditation: Open Focus and Loving Presence 33:21
  Jonathan Foust
This guided meditation explores a unique exploration of ‘open focus’ meditation and loving presence where you feel and imagine space in and around the body filled with kindness and compassion.
2017 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion

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