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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2009-06-17 Part 1 - Wise Practice 1:15:57
  Tara Brach
This three 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

2009-06-10 Don't Know Mind 1:14:31
  Tara Brach
Thoughts, and more broadly, conceptual knowledge, cannot lead to the direct realization of truth, of reality. While thoughts are an essential part of surviving and thriving, spiritual awakening only becomes possible when we step out of the trance of thinking. This talk invites listeners into the radical openness and freedom of not-knowing.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-06-03 The Attitude that Perpetuates Suffering 1:10:46
  Tara Brach
Our conditioning is to conclude that "something is wrong" when we encounter difficulty. This way of relating to experience binds us in a trance--it locks in the identification with a separate, victimized, self; it leads to unwise action and it removes us from presence. This talk guides us in recognizing our often unconscious attitude towards what is happening, and arriving in the unconditional presence that is the source of love, wisdom and freedom.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-05-27 Celebrating Vesak: Oh Nobly Born 1:12:30
  Tara Brach
Vesak is the Buddhist holiday that celebrates the Buddha's birth, enlightment and death. What links these events is the radical and powerful message of all Buddhist teachings: We each have the potential to realize and live from and awakened heart and mind. This talk explores how the key mythological, psychological and spiritual junctures of the Buddha's life are entirely relevant to our own transformation.

2009-05-20 Three Gifts That Serve Freedom 56:43
  Tara Brach
There are three spiritual capacities that are essential for our freedom. The first, forgiveness, is the releasing of stories that this self, or another, is bad. It is an opening of the heart to include all parts of our own being and this world. The second, inner fire, is the energy of devotion to what most matters to us. The third, looking within to realize what we are, reveals the truth of reality itself. This talk uses an ancient Indian teaching tale and guided meditations to explore these core elements of spiritual liberation.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-05-13 Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield: An Evening of Questions and Responses 1:25:42
  Tara Brach
Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield: An Evening of Questions and Responses
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-04-29 Wise Investigation 1:11:43
  Tara Brach
This talk focuses on the use of inquiry and investigation in energizing a lucid, mindful presence. The interest and care that underlies wise investigation is essential in both healing difficult emotional tangles and in revealing the very nature of reality. Guided meditation included.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-04-22 Part 2 - Intention and Spiritual Freedom 1:17:25
  Tara Brach
While we can't change the past, it is our intention in this present moment that determines the unfolding of happiness and freedom in our life. When unconscious, our intentions are often shaped by craving and aversion. These two talks explore how we can become mindful of intention, and realize the depth and purity of our innate aspiration toward awakening and freedom.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-04-15 Part 1 - Intention and Spiritual Freedom 1:22:07
  Tara Brach
While we can't change the past, it is our intention in this present moment that determines the unfolding of happiness and freedom in our life. When unconscious, our intentions are often shaped by craving and aversion. These two talks explore how we can become mindful of intention, and realize the depth and purity of our innate aspiration toward awakening and freedom.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

2009-04-08 Downwind from Flowers 1:14:13
  Tara Brach
This talk reflects on ways that we can attend to nature--our inner body, the natural world and our relatedness to each other. Through these domains we can discover the impermanent flow of life, a gateway to pure Beingness and the healing to wholeness that arises from love.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

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