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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
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2008-05-28 My Religion Is Kindness 1:13:33
  Tara Brach
The expression of inner freedom is a kind heart. This talk explores how we armor our hearts, and the pathways of awakening our natural capacity for loving unconditionally. The session includes an experiential inquiry that helps reveal the ways we create separation, and the possibility of healing and freeing our heart.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2008-05-21 Vesak - Path Of Awakening 1:18:48
  Tara Brach
In the Buddhist tradition, the spring celebration of Vesak honors the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. The archetypal theme that plays through these three events, and the core teaching of the Buddha, is that we each have the capacity to realize profound inner freedom, happiness and peace. We are no different than the Buddha, and our path is to realize the luminosity of our spirit.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2008-05-14 Golfing With Monkeys 1:10:38
  Tara Brach
The Buddha taught that in any moment that we have an argument with life, we suffer. This talk explores the ways we are conditioned to think life should be different, and how the natural arising of unpleasant experience becomes locked into suffering. An experiential reflection guides us in how to respond, rather than react, to life's challenges...inhabiting a wise heart.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2008-04-30 Realizing Our Natural Joy: II 1:10:40
  Tara Brach
In the Buddhist teachings, joy is a natural expression of our awakened heart. In these two talks we will explore how we block off joy, and ways that we can cultivate and embody this intrinsic facet of our being.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2008-04-23 Realizing Our Natural Joy: I 1:14:10
  Tara Brach
In the Buddhist teachings, joy is a natural expression of our awakened heart. In these two talks we will explore how we block off joy, and ways that we can cultivate and embody this intrinsic facet of our being.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2008-04-16 Meeting Fear With A Wise Heart - part 2 1:15:58
  Tara Brach
These talks investigate how fear, nature's protector, proliferates and becomes a trance of fear and the cause of deep suffering. We look at the "body of fear"- the thoughts, physicality, emotions and behaviors that express and fuel the trance of fear. Through stories and guided reflections we explore the ways that Buddhist meditation can free us from the grip of unhealthy fear.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2008-04-09 Meeting Fear With A Wise Heart - part 1 1:10:54
  Tara Brach
These talks investigate how fear, nature's protector, proliferates and becomes a trance of fear and the cause of deep suffering. We look at the "body of fear"- the thoughts, physicality, emotions and behaviors that express and fuel the trance of fear. Through stories and guided reflections we explore the ways that Buddhist meditation can free us from the grip of unhealthy fear.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2008-04-02 A Wise Understanding Of Desire 1:13:30
  Tara Brach
We lose huge swaths of our life when caught in wanting experience to be more and different. Yet if we bring a mindful presence to the thoughts and feelings of wanting, we discover a portal into full aliveness and freedom. This talk explores how to recognize and investigate wanting mind; how by tracing longing back to it's very source we discover that what we long for is already here.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2008-03-26 The Two Wolves 1:12:30
  Tara Brach
Empathy and aggression are both part of our evolutionary survival equipment. We awaken spiritually as we bring awareness to the vulnerability that drives aggression, and discover that we can directly cultivate our capacity to experience loving connection.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2008-03-19 Our Heart's Aspiration 1:13:52
  Tara Brach
This talk weaves two teachings that are key to awakening. "The most important thing is remembering the most important thing" helps us be guided by the compass of our heart in living our lives. And discovering that "what we long for is already here" lets us trust that the love or peace we seek is found in the fullness of presence.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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