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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
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2009-11-04 Intimacy with Life 1:24:03
  Tara Brach
Zen mast Dogen taught that "...to study the Buddhist way is to be Intimate with all Things." This talk reviews the often unconscious ways that we habitually block intimacy and two trainings of attention that foster a natural sense of belonging to this living world and to timeless presence.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-10-26 Self Compassion 58:31
  Tara Brach
2009 - IMCW Fall Residential Retreat - "Intimacy with Life"

2009-10-26 Self-Compassion 58:31
  Tara Brach
(retreat talk) We can only find love and peace in this life if we are able to hold our inner life with compassion. This talk explores the subtle and therefore often unseen ways that we turn on ourselves, and the pathways to a forgiving heart.
2009 - IMCW Fall Residential Retreat - "Intimacy with Life"

2009-10-21 Behind the Mask 49:00
  Tara Brach
The development of a mask or persona based on our activities and roles is a natural way the ego tries to protect and enhance itself. Yet unless we wake up from our identification with the mask, we are unable to discover the truth and wholeness of what we are. This talk investigates how our masks manifest and the process of wise attention that can free us from a limiting sense of separate self. Includes a guided meditation.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-10-14 Question and Response 58:09
  Tara Brach
Tara responds to questions from the sangha.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-10-07 Skeleton Woman 45:55
  Tara Brach
If we can embrace the whole of our nature with unconditional presence - including the inevitability of change and loss--we discover deep wisdom and enduring love.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-09-30 Two Wings of a Liberating Attention 49:46
  Tara Brach
The attention that serves spiritual awakening is based on the capacity to recognize clearly what is happening in the present moment, and to regard what arises with a kind heart. This talk explores the challenges to a clear and honest presence, and how we cultivate understanding and compassion.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-09-23 Wise Effort and Spiritual Freedom 51:12
  Tara Brach
In the Buddhist tradition, wise effort, or the purposeful dedication of our energy, is an essential part of the spiritual path. While the attitudes of grasping or fear can contract the quality of our effort and create suffering in our lives; when our effort arises from sincerity and wisdom, it creates the conditions for liberation.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-09-16 Embracing the Unlived Life 43:55
  Tara Brach
This talk explores how we cut off from the energetic parts of our inner experience and the healing and spiritual freedom that is possible when we bring awareness to the life of the body.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-09-02 The Grounds of Living Compassion 53:04
  Tara Brach
A critical question on the spiritual path is how we can bring the loving presence awakened by meditation into every facet of daily life. This talk explores the conditioning that keeps us in reactive trance and the ways we can deepen our attention and align our lives with our hearts.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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