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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
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2017-05-31 Happiness is Possible: De-conditioning the Negativity Bias – Part 1 50:36
  Tara Brach
There is an inner freedom that expresses as happiness and peace, and it is accessible when we arrive in openhearted presence. As the Buddha said, “If it were not possible to find liberation, I would not teach about it.” In this two part talk, we will look at the conditioning that blocks happiness and two primary pathways of practice that evolve our consciousness and free our hearts.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2017-05-24 Meditation: Opening to the River of Aliveness 17:22
  Tara Brach
This meditation guides us to awaken to sensation using the image of a smile and scanning through the body. We then open to sound and to the entire changing flow of experience. When we connect with the changing flow of sensations, feelings and sounds, we also discover the formless awareness that is our Source… and home. “This river of sensation ceaselessly vibrating… tingling… flowing… let it live through you.” “Completely relax with this ever changing dance of sound and sensation.”
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2017-05-24 The Reality of Change: Embracing this Living Dying World 53:02
  Tara Brach
“What is it that allows us to open our hearts to every moment of our life? It’s the remembrance that it’s passing and it’s precious.” Our true refuge is reality – only by opening to “things as they are” do we find true peace and freedom. This talk explores impermanence – a key feature of reality. We look at our habits of resisting change – including loss and death, the practices that awaken and open us, and the gifts of letting go into the ever-changing river of experience.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2017-05-24 Meditation: The Breath – Portal to Presence 18:50
  Tara Brach
We start with breathing mindfully to collect and calm the body and mind. Then the attention opens to include the changing flow in a spacious natural presence.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2017-05-17 Radical Compassion – Part 2 53:50
  Tara Brach
Compassion is the medicine we most need as individuals and a species to heal suffering and free our spirits. The essence of compassion for ourselves and others – what I call Radical Compassion – has three key elements: it is an embodied experience (a felt sense of tenderness), it is inclusive all beings, and it naturally moves us to act from a caring heart. This two-part talk explores the alchemy of Radical Compassion and guides us in awakening this intrinsic expression of our evolutionary potential.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2017-05-04 Suffering, Faith, and Refuge 60:49
  Ruth King
This talk shares a personal journey of the dance between suffering and faith, and how the Bodhisattva path is cultivated by taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
2017 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2017-05-03 Relaxing the Over-Controller – Part 2 63:55
  Tara Brach
We all have conditioning to do what we can to protect and promote our wellbeing. Our suffering arises to the degree that our life and identity become organized around controlling our experience. These two talks look at the emergence of the fear based “over-controller,” and explore a wise way of witnessing the suffering that comes with over-controlling, and awareness practices that naturally relax and awaken us to our whole and natural Being.
2017 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2017-05-02 Impermanence 61:56
  Pat Coffey
2017 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2017-05-02 Forgiveness Practice 40:00
  Ruth King
2017 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2017-05-02 Instruction and Question-Response during Retreat 9:44
  Tara Brach
Instruction and Question-Response during Retreat (2017-05-02) - Topics include individualizing your meditation practice, working with the "tangles," forgiveness practice, and using the "nurturing" of RAIN.
2017 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life

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