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Hugh Byrne's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
Hugh Byrne
Hugh Byrne, Ph. D. is a senior teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. He completed a four-year teacher training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Society led by Jack Kornfield. Hugh is also trained in and teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and has completed training in Somatic Experiencing, a mind-body approach to healing trauma. He is a co-founder of the Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship.
2017-12-31 The Bodhisattva in Difficult Times 66:21
This talk explores the Buddhist archetype of the bodhisattva and its universal quality across spiritual and other traditions of commitment to the transformation and awakening of one’s own heart for the benefit and freedom of all beings. The civil rights movement in the U.S.—and the role and courage of Rosa Parks and other ordinary people—is presented as a ‘bodhisattva movement’ and a model and encouragement for the challenges we face today.
2017 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2017-12-29 Heart meditation: Cultivating self-compassion 45:51
This talk and guided meditation includes reflections on how cultivating compassion towards ourselves is essential for our own well-being and happiness—and a key to opening our hearts to the suffering of others. It concludes with a guided self-compassion meditation.
2017 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2016-12-31 Opening Our Hearts in Challenging Times 65:32
As we bring loving awareness to our all that is arising in our bodies, hearts, and minds, there is a natural falling away of the illusion of separation - of ‘us’ and ‘them’ - and the cultivation of a wise and compassionate heart. With our hearts open to the suffering of the world, the Bodhisattva path of commitment to healing suffering, division and separation provides us with a vision of engaged action in the world in these difficult times.
2016 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2016-12-29 Reflection and Meditation on Compassion 42:59
Compassion has been called ‘the quivering of the heart in response to suffering.' Cultivating a compassionate heart helps us to hold kindly our own painful feelings and emotions, and engage with the suffering of others, near and far.
2016 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2016-12-28 Walking Meditation Instruction 9:56
2016 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2015-12-30 Heart Meditation on Forgiveness: Asking Forgiveness, Forgiving Others, and Forgiving Ourselves 47:12
2015 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2015-12-28 Attitudes that Support Mindful Presence: Acceptance, Kindness, and Curiosity 63:56
An essential element of mindfulness practice is to cultivate a willingness to be with our experience just as it is. Consciously cultivating qualities of deep-rooted acceptance, kindness, and interest in our experience supports freeing our minds and opening our hearts.
2015 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2014-12-31 The Bodhisattva Path: "If you knew me, and truly knew yourself, you would not have killed me." 60:42
The bodhisattva path involves a training of our hearts to abandon unskillful states and cultivate qualities of love, compassion, and forgiveness--and envision actions to transform the suffering of others and the world. In the Rwandan genocide and the triumph of freedom and democracy in South Africa we see the suffering that comes from cultivating fear and hatred, and the potential for freedom and peace that results from cultivating forgiveness, compassion, and love. These recent events remind us how much our actions matter, and invite us to become bodhisattvas, committed to the awakening and freedom of all beings.
2014 IMCW New Year Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion
2014-09-10 Transforming Unhealthy Habits through Mindfulness 1:24:50
When harmful or unhealthy habits form, they can cause us much suffering and they can be hard to change because they are carried out automatically and without conscious awareness. Mindfulness is a key to changing harmful or unwanted habits as it provides skillful methods and practices to bring them into the light of awareness. Three elements of mindfulness are particularly important in changing unhealthy or unwanted habits - Intention, Attention, and Attitude. The talk explores these three elements with a focus on Intention.
IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks
2013-12-31 Guided Heart Metta Meditation with Poetry 41:51
2013 IMCW New Year's Retreat: Awakening the Heart of Compassion

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