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August 8, 2015
Bethesda, MD

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Finding True Refuge Weekend Workshop

July 10-12, 2015
Rhinebeck, NY
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September 3-6, 2015
Middleburg, VA

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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.


2015-06-24 ~ "Part 1: Devotional Practices" (audio)
NOTE: Part 2 will be posted after July 1 at: http://tarabrach.libsyn.com/
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."




2015-06-10 ~ "Part 2: Beyond the Fear Body" (audio)
A central part of spiritual awakening is recognizing and befriending fear, and in the tender intensity of fear, discovering the awakened heart. In these two talks we explore the suffering of becoming identified with the fear body, and the skillful means that enable a full and liberating presence with fear.




2015-06-03 ~ "Part 1: Beyond the Fear Body" (audio)
A central part of spiritual awakening is recognizing and befriending fear, and in the tender intensity of fear, discovering the awakened heart. In these two talks we explore the suffering of becoming identified with the fear body, and the skillful means that enable a full and liberating presence with fear.




2015-05-27 ~ "The Two Wings of Awareness" (audio)
The two wings of understanding and love awaken as we learn to recognize what is here in the present moment, and to allow experience to be just as it is. This talk includes a guided reflection and a brief period of questions and responses.




2015-05-20 ~ "Part 2: Impermanence - Awakening Through Insecurity " (audio)
From the view of the separate self, this existence is inherently uncertain, and we are profoundly vulnerable. Our habitual reaction to insecurity fuels separation, and limits our capacity to live and love fully. These two talks explore the blessings of wisdom, love and freedom that naturally arise as, instead of resisting, we learn to open directly to the insecurity of impermanence.




2015-05-13 ~ "Part 1: Impermanence - Awakening Through Insecurity " (audio)
From the view of the separate self, this existence is inherently uncertain, and we are profoundly vulnerable. Our habitual reaction to insecurity fuels separation, and limits our capacity to live and love fully. These two talks explore the blessings of wisdom, love and freedom that naturally arise as, instead of resisting, we learn to open directly to the insecurity of impermanence.




2015-04-23 ~ "(Retreat Talk) Namaste - Seeing the Sacred that Lives through all Beings" (audio)
The trance of separation is part of our evolutionary heritage, but not the end of the story. This talk explores how several key trainings of the heart can evolve and awaken our capacity to realize connectedness, and the sacredness that shines through this living world (from 2015 IMCW Spring Retreat).




2015-04-29 ~ "Investigating Reality - Beyond an Interpreted World " (audio)
2015-04-29 ~ "Investigating Reality - Beyond an Interpreted World " (video)
The skillful use of inquiry - asking questions in a way that energizes and focuses our attention - brings what is hidden into the light of awareness. This talk explores the healing that arises as we investigate the unseen, unfelt parts of our psyche, and the freedom discovered as we look into the very essence of who we are.





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: http://www.mindful.org/mindful-magazine/tara-brach-rain-mindfulness-practice.

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