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DaRa Williams's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
DaRa Williams
DaRa Williams is a trainer, meditation teacher and psychotherapist. DaRa has been a meditator for the past 25 years and is a practitioner of both Vipassana and Ascension meditation. She is a graduate of the Spirit Rock/Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training Program and is a Guiding Teacher at IMS. She is the Program Manager and a core teacher in the current IMS Teacher Training. DaRa has been a clinician and administrator in the field of Mental Health for over 25 years and currently maintains a private practice in Manhattan. She is a certified trainer and practitioner of Indigenous Focusing-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma. DaRa integrates these skills, understandings, wisdom traditions and worldviews in her intention for contributing to the ending of suffering for all beings. "It is my belief that vipassana meditation and the dharma are ideal for transforming suffering, particularly the trauma of oppression and its many vicissitudes-where the chains around our minds and hearts can be broken and dissolved. Awareness and wisdom become the vehicle for freedom and transforming lives."
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2018-03-07 Day One Instructions 50:53
Arriving, gathering, and breath.
Reclamation of the Sacred: A Journey of Healing and Reconnection Through Insight Meditation
2016-10-01 Taking refuge– what are we doing here! 59:22
Reflections on taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, with intention, consciousness and awareness
Three-Month Part 1
2016-09-20 Metta instruction. Self, friend, and benefactor 54:37
Classic instruction along with a guided meditation for benefactor
Three-Month Part 1
2016-09-17 Compassion: First Noble Truth and wise view 54:52
Cultivating self compassion and mindfulness. Bringing mind and heart together
Three-Month Part 1
2016-06-26 Morning instructions 58:44
Feeling Tone
People of Color Retreat
2016-06-24 Lovingkindness: self and benefactor 48:28
People of Color Retreat
2016-06-23 Welcome home– breath and body meditation instructions 60:55
People of Color Retreat
2015-03-18 An Integrated Awareness: Reflections on Taking Refuges and the Three Jewels 46:08
A further reflection on the three refuges and what it is to engage with taking refuge in a conscious present refuge - as practice
An Integrated Awakening: Insight Meditation Retreat

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