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Retreat Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center

IMCW Wednesday Evening Talks

Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

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2010-01-27 Presence and Aliveness I & II 1:11:54
Tara Brach
These two talks explore how we leave our bodies, the challenge of working with pain, the pathway home to embodied awareness, and the gifts of presence and aliveness.
2010-02-03 Deepening Practice 1:27:12
Tara Brach
This talk and question/answer format addresses the attitudes and practices that cultivate our natural wisdom and compassion.
2010-02-25 Loving Kindness Meditation 31:13
Hugh Byrne
Guided meditation on loving-kindness with some discussion of the Brahma Viharas' Divine Abodes.
2010-03-03 Trusting Your Basic Goodness 1:12:58
Tara Brach
When we don't trust who we are, we are unable to be at home in our world. This talk explores how we come to be at war with ourselves and the pathway to realizing our basic goodness.
2010-03-17 Realizing Your True Nature - Four Reflections 1:19:43
Tara Brach
This talk explores a Tibetan teaching through reflection and guided meditations: Our true nature--our inherent wakefuness, openness and love--is closer than we can imagine; it is more profound than we can imagine; it is easier than we can imagine; and it is more wondrous than we can imagine.
2010-03-24 The Blessings of Deep Listening 1:13:01
Tara Brach
Our capacity to listen deeply--to our inner life and each other--is the grounds of true understanding and love. This talk explores the challenges to listening and guidelines and practices that awaken a listening heart.
2010-03-31 Meditation and Healing Trauma 1:13:22
Tara Brach
Spiritual awakening often involves offering a healing presence to the suffering of post traumatic stress or deep emotional wounding. This talk explores the three key elements that support this process: self-forgiveness, accessing a source of love and safety, and bringing a kind attention to the unlived life in the body.
2010-04-07 Beyond Small Self 1:15:42
Tara Brach
While we are conditioned to become identified with limited sense of self, we have the capacity to recognize and open to who we are beyond the self. This talk investigates our most compelling domains of getting identified, and the ways a purposeful presence can awaken us.
2010-04-21 True Belonging - Refuge in Presence and Relatedness 1:23:31
Tara Brach
We become homesick when our insecurity compels us to find refuge in exclusive affiliations, in over-consuming, in avoiding intimacy or grasping tightly to the approval of others. This talk explores how we come home to the truth of who we are by connecting with our moment to moment experience, and by developing the capacity to be wakeful, giving and receptive in loving relationship.
2010-04-28 Embodied Spirit 1:12:55
Tara Brach
The Buddha taught that mindfulness of the body is a direct path to the realization of truth, to peace and freedom. This talk explores how we leave a present-centered awareness of our body, and the pathways of homecoming.
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