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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2011-10-26 The Divine Abodes: Joy 1:25:13
Tara Brach
Joy is an innate capacity, an expression of unconditional presence with life. Yet for many, it is blocked by our conditioning to grasp after life and to defend against loss. This talk explores how we can develop the selfless presence that allows for joy, and nourish that joy so it blossoms in our life.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2011-10-19 The Divine Abodes: Compassion 1:20:56
Tara Brach
We cultivate compassion by letting ourselves be touched by the suffering within and around us. Because our conditioning is to avoid vulnerability, the path of compassion requires courage and purposefulness. As we awaken to the truth of our connectedness, our hearts become increasingly tender and our actions serve the healing of our world.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2011-10-13 Thursday AM - Question and Response on Retreat 12:29
Tara Brach
2011 - IMCW Fall Residential Retreat: Intimacy with Life

2011-10-05 The Divine Abodes: Lovingkindness 1:25:21
Tara Brach
Love is the most basic expression of who we are, and yet it is often obscured by the trance of separation and fear. This talk explores how we habitually armor our hearts, and the training of attention that awakens us to unconditional, all inclusive love. A classic form of the metta (lovingkindness) meditation is part of the talk.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2011-09-28 Causing No Harm 1:22:35
Tara Brach
The mindstates behind violence--anger and fear--are universal and natural. If they possess us and drive our actions, we suffer. If we learn to meet them with a mindful awareness--if we step out of judgment and angry reactivity--we serve our own freedom and the possibility of peace on earth as well.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2011-09-21 Part 2: Do You Make Regular Visits to Yourself? 1:19:04
Tara Brach
These two classes cover the basic instructions for Buddhist mindfulness (vipassana or insight) meditation. The first class explores the attitude we bring to meditation that makes it rewarding, and the training that helps us in "coming back" from thoughts. The second class guides us in "being here," in cultivating a mindful awareness that recognizes and accepts what is happening in the present moment. Both classes include guided meditations and valuable reminders that can support you in developing a rich meditation practice.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2011-09-14 Part 1: Do You Make Regular Visits to Yourself? 1:21:13
Tara Brach
These two classes cover the basic instructions for Buddhist mindfulness (vipassana or insight) meditation. The first class explores the attitude we bring to meditation that makes it rewarding, and the training that helps us in "coming back" from thoughts. The second class guides us in "being here," in cultivating a mindful awareness that recognizes and accepts what is happening in the present moment. Both classes include guided meditations and valuable reminders that can support you in developing a rich meditation practice.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2011-09-07 Finding the Juice Inside of Fear 1:18:53
Tara Brach
Learning to bring a mindful presence to fear is an intrinsic part of spiritual awakening. In this talk we look at the ways we get caught in the trance of fear, and how the two wings of presence--clear recognition and openheartedness--can free us. This process of facing unmet fears is necessary not only for our own healing, but for any possibility of peace and the healing of our planet.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2011-08-31 Befriending Irene 1:19:42
Tara Brach
Whether you face chronic anxiety or more violent storms of fear and anger, you can cultivate the wings of freedom--the mindfulness and compassion--that free you. This talk explores how the habit of being reactive causes us suffering and the ways these tools of meditation can be applied to the inner weather systems that most challenge us.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2011-08-24 Wholehearted Living 1:15:07
Tara Brach
What stops us from being wholehearted in our relationships and life? This talk explores the conditioning that keeps us from an engaged presence, and the key elements to manifesting heart and spirit in all that we do
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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