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Dreamforce Conference

September 18, 2015
San Francisco, CA

True Refuge Weekend Retreat - Kripalu

September 25-27, 2015
Stockbridge, MA

Deconditioning Fear
Evening and Daylong

November 6-7, 2015
Bethesda, MD

Nourishing Loving Relationships
2-day Workshop

November 14-15, 2015
Tucson, AZ

Releasing Barriers
to Love
Weekend Retreat

December 4-6, 2015
Garrison, NY


Weekly Class

Bethesda, Maryland

Wednesday evening from 7:30 - 9:00 pm

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"In any moment, no matter how lost we feel, we can take refuge in presence and love. We need only pause, breathe, and open to the experience of aliveness within us."

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Tara Brach is a leading western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. She has practiced and taught meditation for over 35 years, with an emphasis on vipassana (mindfulness or insight) meditation. Tara is the senior teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. A clinical psychologist, Tara is the author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge.

2015-09-03 ~ "Learning to Respond, Not React" (audio)
When stressed, we often react with looping fear-thoughts, feelings and behaviors that cause harm to ourselves and/or others. This talk offers three interrelated strategies that can serve us when we’re triggered by stress, and help us find our way back to our natural wisdom, empathy and wholeness of being. By de-conditioning habitual reactivity, we are increasingly able to respond to our life circumstances in ways that serve healing and awakening.

2015-08-26 ~ "Awakening from Trance - Embracing Unlived Life" (audio)
When physical or emotional pain is too much, our conditioning is to pull away and avoid direct contact with raw feelings. The result is a trance - we are split off from the wholeness of our aliveness, intelligence and capacity to love. This talk explores how this dissociation shows up in our lives and a powerful way that mindfulness enables us to integrate cut-off parts of our being.

2015-08-19 ~ "Transforming Two Fears: FOF and FOMO" (audio)
There are two common fears that can block us from our full potential - fear of failure (FOF), and fear of missing out (FOMO). This talk explores how to meet these fears with mindful presence, and discover within them the essence energies of loving awareness and full aliveness.

Note: This talk is dedicated to Tim Ferriss, who turned me on to the phrase FOMO. Tim exemplifies the creative aliveness of FOMO energy when it’s living through someone who’s dedicated to being awake, caring and real. (check out his podcasts,

2015-08-12 ~ "Radical Acceptance Revisited" (audio)
One of the truths we most regularly forget is that if we are at war with ourselves, we can’t feel love and connection with our world. This talk looks at the genesis of the “Trance of Unworthiness” and how the wings of mindfulness and heartfulness can dissolve the trance and reveal the loving awareness that is our essence Being.

2015-08-05 ~ "The Sacred Art of Listening" (audio)
Deep listening - the kind of listening that brings intimacy and understanding - takes intentional practice. This talk looks at the societal and inner obstacles to an undistracted presence, and the mindfulness strategies that nourish our capacity to listen in a way that heals and connects.

2015-07-08 ~ "The Dance with Pain" (audio)
2015-07-08 ~ "The Dance with Pain" (video)
“Pain is inevitable and suffering is optional.” In this talk Tara explores the difference between pain and suffering and examines the most common, yet often unconscious, ways we resist pain. She then shares practices that help us find balance, equanimity and awakening in the midst.

2015-07-29 ~ "The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Working with Attachment and Addictions" (audio)
In Buddhist cosmology, the torment of intense desire that can never really be satisfied is depicted as the realm of Hungry Ghosts. This talk explores the attachments and addictions that so many of us struggle with, and the teachings and practices that can liberate us.

2015-07-22 ~ "That Bird Got My Wings" (audio)
This talk looks at how we are imprisoned by a limited sense of who we are, and how the wings of mindfulness and heartfulness enable us to realize the spirit that is our essence. We then look at how we can bring the wings of freedom to our engagement with others. The talk’s title is the name of a book written by Jarvis Masters, a deeply wise and inspiring African American man currently on death row at San Quentin prison.

2015-07-15 ~ "Unfolding of the Sacred Feminine" (retreat talk)(audio)
The sacred feminine expresses the qualities of heart that emerge as we open beyond identifying with the egoic, separate self. In this talk, Tara tracks a series of challenging experiences in her own life that catalyzed an awakening of heart, and explores how for each of us, the places of difficulty can help us realize our belonging to life and the loving awareness that is our true essence. (talk given at the 2015 IMCW Women's Retreat on 2015-06-26)

2015-07-01 ~ "Part 2: Devotional Practices" (audio)
2015-07-01 ~ "Part 2: Devotional Practices" (video)
The sacred feminine expresses the realization of our belonging, our innate interdependence with all of life. These two classes explores inner practices that help us open to our longing to belong, and awaken the power of prayer.  

2015-06-24 ~ "Part 1: Devotional Practices" (audio)
The sacred feminine expresses the realization of our belonging, our innate interdependence with all of life. These two classes explores inner practices that help us open to our longing to belong, and awaken the power of prayer.  

2015-06-17 ~ "Beloved Community" (audio)
Martin Luther King’s term, “Beloved Community,” points to our potential for living together with love, justice and respect. This talk explores the often hidden expressions of racism that fuel separation and violence, and pathways toward healing and freeing our collective hearts.

NOTE: At the same time as the tragic killings in Charleston, SC, Tara’s Wednesday night class was reflecting on racism and the aspiration for Beloved Community. "May we awaken our hearts from the prison of separation; may we seek to end the daily violence, injustice and oppression faced by African Americans."

Article: "Awakening from the Trance of Unworthiness"

Also ~ You can read Tara's article about the RAIN practice in Mindful Magazine’s August issue here:

IMCW class at River Road UU Church

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