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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2018 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy with Life

Vipassana, or Buddhist Meditation, is a way of opening to life and seeing clearly the totality of one’s being and experience. The practice is based on cultivating a present-centered mindfulness, leading to an unfolding of our natural wisdom and compassion. The focus of this retreat is to enhance intimacy with ourselves and the world. In order to help participants discover a sense of stillness and deep listening, silence will be maintained throughout the retreat except during question/answer periods and interviews with the teachers. In addition to sitting and walking meditation practice, there will be sessions of mindful movement led each day.
2018-04-27 (8 days) Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

  
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2018-04-28 Welcome to Loving Kindness (Retreat Talk and Guided Meditations) 45:19
Jonathan Foust
This talk explores the art and practice of cultivating kindness (metta) for yourself and others. You’ll learn why the practice is so critical to the development of heart and mind, the importance of improvisation and customizing your practice so it resonates for you and you’ll be guided through a variety of techniques that can help you open and sensitize your capacity for kindness and compassion.
2018-04-28 Leap and the Net Will Appear: Trusting Ourselves and Our Practice 57:50
La Sarmiento
2018-04-29 Self-Compassion and Metta 36:55
La Sarmiento
2018-04-29 After the RAIN (retreat talk) 69:49
Tara Brach
This talk offers an in-depth exploration of RAIN, applying the wings of mindfulness and compassion to painful domains of trance. We bring special attention to the fruit of RAIN, the realization of who we are beyond any limiting identity.
2018-04-30 Short Talk & Meditation: Forgiving and Freeing Our Hearts 36:52
Tara Brach
Forgiveness for others becomes possible when we’ve held our own being with great compassion. This short talk and guided meditation brings forth our most awake and tender presence as we ask for forgiveness, offer care to the woundedness within us, and then extend forgiveness to another who has hurt us.
2018-04-30 The Body is the Doorway (Retreat Talk) 58:40
Jonathan Foust
This talk explores why intimate awareness of your body is a portal into seeing clearly into the nature of reality. You’ll learn how to fully arrive in the Here and Now through conscious relaxation and receiving sensations as they arrive, how to work with challenges as they arise and what you may discover when you embrace this practice. This talk is from the 2018 IMCW Spring Retreat.
2018-05-01 Meditation – Spring Morning on Retreat 33:46
Tara Brach
In this guided meditation, we include an overview of different components of mindfulness practice. The reflection includes a body scan, establishing a home base for attention, and care in how to arrive in full presence after being lost in thought. We then explore opening mindfully to different experiences and the simple and liberating practice of “being here,” letting life be just as it is.
2018-05-01 Forgiveness and Compassion 37:08
La Sarmiento
2018-05-01 Equanimity 60:47
Pat Coffey
2018-05-02 Try Not to Be Aware (Retreat Talk) 57:38
Jonathan Foust
This talk explores the transformational power of awareness. You’ll learn what happens when you bring awareness to the body and to the formation of thoughts and beliefs, what happens when you suspend effort yet remain aware and some key practices that help you cultivate the practice of being aware of awareness itself.
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