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Tara Brach's Dharma Talks
Tara Brach
A pervasive but often invisible source of suffering in our culture is self-aversion. We are a busy culture, and we move through our life feeling anxious and dissatisfied, but not fully conscious of how we neglect or judge our inner experience. We suffer from a lack of belonging: to our own bodies, to each other and to the earth. When we practice Buddhist meditation, we learn how to listen deeply and hold our life tenderly.
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2021-10-13 Meditation: A Practice of RAIN (20:00 min.) 20:06
The acronym RAIN – Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture – guides us in bringing mindfulness and compassion to difficult emotions. With practice, we can find our way home to open-hearted presence in the midst of whatever arises.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2021-10-06 Realizing Your Deepest Desires 51:26
This talk differentiates between egoic intentions (driven by wants and fears), and our true aspiration (deepest desires) to manifest our full potential for awake awareness and love. We explore ways to realize and open to our deepest desires when we are stuck in self-promotion, grasping and conflict, so that our aspiration becomes a compass of the heart that can guide us in living with wisdom and compassion.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2021-10-06 Meditation: Letting Thought Clouds Come and Go 22:00
This meditation guides us through a body scan and into a relaxed, open presence. When we realize we are lost in a thought cloud, our practice is to relax open, listening to and feeling the life of the present moment. We are training to become increasingly aware of the gap between thoughts, the space where the light of awareness shines through.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2021-09-29 Facing Fear in a Traumatized World 65:03
Unprocessed fear cuts us off from our full aliveness and spirit, and it separates us from others. This talk looks at how we bring healing to the trauma and deep fears that cause us to dissociate from our body. We focus on ways we increase safety, diminish shame and then, with a courageous, embodied and compassionate presence, learn to contact and integrate fear into our larger awareness.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2021-09-29 Meditation – The Heart-Wisdom of Your Future Self (18:55 min.) 18:54
In this meditation, we relax and open our body and mind, and then explore an encounter with our Future Self – the expression of our most evolved and awakened heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2021-09-22 Anger: Responding, Not Reacting 53:21
Anger is natural, intelligent and necessary for surviving and flourishing. Yet when we are hooked by anger, it causes great personal and collective suffering. This talk explores how to transform patterns of reactivity by bringing a mindful and compassionate attention to the unmet needs that underlie angry reactivity. When we learn how to pause and connect honestly with our inner experience, we are then able to respond to others from our full intelligence and heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2021-09-22 Meditation: Present Heart 14:37
We awaken a present heart by relaxing with the breath, and bringing the kindness of a smile into our bodily experience. This meditation ends with offering blessings to our inner life and all beings.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2021-09-15 Radical Friendship: Conversation between Tara Brach and Kate Johnson 68:33
The often unseen cause of our difficulties in relationships is the societal structures that are marked by violence and domination. This conversation looks at what blocks authentic and loving connectedness, and ways to intentionally cultivate authentic, openhearted awake relationships.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2021-09-15 Meditation: Sitting Like a Mountain 24:31
Meditation can empower us as we learn to access our potential for stability, strength and openness. This meditation calls on the image of a mountain as we awaken our body and mind to a full, vibrant presence. Closes with a metta (loving-kindness) prayer.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC
2021-09-08 A Conversation Between Tara and Mark Nepo 1:16:49
Mark is a spiritual teacher, wonderful poet, and author of many books including best selling The Book of Awakening. In this wide-ranging and rich conversation, Tara and Mark explore shedding our defenses, faith, compassion for ourselves and others, spiritual practice, and facing illness, aging and death.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC

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