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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
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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

2009-08-26 Genuine Acceptance 69:43
  Tara Brach
Our capacity to accept this life is key to our freedom, yet there are many misconceptions about acceptance: People wonder, if acceptance makes us a doormat in relationships? Isn't acceptance akin to resignation? Doesn't it make us passive when what is needed is action? This talk explores some of the misunderstandings about acceptance and offers teachings on the nature of genuine and liberating acceptance.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-08-19 Enchantment and Freedom 1:20:30
  Tara Brach
When caught in suffering we are perceiving reality through a distorted lens. We are unable to see what we really are, and we latch on to the surface appearances of others. By training our minds to pay attention we begin to recognize the conditioning that entraps us, and the love and awareness that shines through these changing forms.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-08-12 Happiness 1:10:35
  Tara Brach
The Buddha taught of two dimensions of happiness--that which is based on particular circumstances, and that which arises from unconditional presence. This talk explores the ways we block happiness; the attitude and meditative practice that give rise to worldly happiness and the state of Being that is experienced as pure happiness and freedom.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-08-05 Let Everything Happen to You 1:15:39
  Tara Brach
The now common adage "what you resist, persists" is a deep and important truth. This talk explores the often unconscious ways that we avoid the difficult parts of our experience, and the meditative strategies for cultivating an accepting and healing presence.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-07-08 Part 4 - Wise Practice - Taking Refuge in Awareness 1:15:55
  Tara Brach
This four week series reviews many key components of Buddhist meditation practice. Beginning with intention and attitude, we cover the strategies that help us arrive in presence, the key elements of mindfulness, working with difficult emotional states and the practices that awaken our heart. Each week will include guided meditations and reflections.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-07-01 Part 3 - Wise Practice - The Heart of Buddhism 1:14:19
  Tara Brach
This four week series reviews many key components of Buddhist meditation practice. Beginning with intention and attitude, we cover the strategies that help us arrive in presence, the key elements of mindfulness, working with difficult emotional states and the practices that awaken our heart. Each week will include guided meditations and reflections.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-06-24 Part 2 - Wise Practice 1:18:00
  Tara Brach
This four week series reviews many key components of Buddhist meditation practice. Beginning with intention and attitude, we cover the strategies that help us arrive in presence, the key elements of mindfulness, working with difficult emotional states and the practices that awaken our heart. Each week will include guided meditations and reflections.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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