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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
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2023-03-29 The Power of Deep Listening – Part 2 50:59
Tara Brach
Listening deeply is the gateway to realizing connection. It’s what allows us to move through life with a wise, loving and healing presence. These two talks explore our blocks to true listening, and offer teachings and practices that can directly cultivate this invaluable capacity.
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2023-03-22 Meditation: Aliveness and Presence 20:49
Tara Brach
This meditation guides us to wake up our senses and full aliveness through a body scan, and then to rest in the formless presence that is aware of this changing dance of life. We close with a poem by Robert Hall.
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2023-03-22 The Power of Deep Listening – Part 1 65:35
Tara Brach
Listening deeply is the gateway to realizing connection. It’s what allows us to move through life with a wise, loving and healing presence. These two talks explore our blocks to true listening, and offer teachings and practices that can directly cultivate this invaluable capacity.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2023-03-15 Compassion for All Living Beings 1:28:53
Tara Brach
We often talk of widening the circles of compassion. This talk explores the qualities of mature compassion, what blocks us from this embodied and inclusive caring, and how each of us can awaken a heart that responds to our world’s suffering. This event was live-streamed and includes a talk, several guided reflections, and a Q&A session.
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2023-03-15 Meditation: Say “Yes” to Life 11:49
Tara Brach
This guided practice awakens a relaxed and friendly attention that rests in the breath and opens to whatever is arising. We deepen that presence with the intention to truly say “Yes” to experience, allowing life to be just as it is.
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2023-03-08 The Wings of Awakening – Self-Honesty & Love (retreat talk) 63:21
Tara Brach
We evolve our consciousness by bringing a clear and kind attention to the tangles of suffering. This talk explores how the “second arrow” of self-judgment imprisons us in emotional reactivity, and the pathways of awakening awareness that reconnect us with our full human potential. (This talk was given at the 2016 IMCW fall retreat.)
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2023-03-08 Meditation: Spacious Sky of Awareness 18:03
Tara Brach
This meditation begins with a body scan that guides us to awaken our senses. We relax open to include the changing flow of sounds and sensations, in a spacious, open awareness (a morning meditation from the 2015 IMCW New Year silent retreat).
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2023-03-01 Meditation: Befriending Your Inner Life 17:27
Tara Brach
This meditation establishes a gentle and caring presence through bringing the image and felt sense of a smile to various domains in the body. We then settle with the breath, and practice relaxing with whatever arises, letting life be just as it is. The underlying intention is to regard all experience with a clear, interested and friendly attention. The gift is a homecoming to our naturally loving presence.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2023-03-01 Making the Whole World Your Friend 45:46
Tara Brach
A wonderful translation of the Pali word Metta is friendliness. This talk looks at friendliness through an evolutionary lens, and explores ways we can cultivate a more open heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

2023-02-22 Part 2: Refuge in the Wilderness – Coming Home to Embodied Presence 53:21
Tara Brach
When we live from our mental control towers, we are in a trance that confines our life. These two talks look at the primary ways we are conditioned to leave embodied presence, and the consequence of unlived life—being cut off from our vitality, intelligence and compassion. We then explore the teachings and practices that guide us to reconnect to our senses, and the sacred presence that underlies all lived experience.
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