A Courageous Presence with Racism

A Courageous Presence with Racism

Anti-Black racism is the core wound of American culture, and we each have a role to play in fighting racism, a medicine to bring to these times. This talk explores how we can offer an honest and courageous presence to key domains of this suffering. We then look at...
RAIN on Blame: A Guided Meditation (14:40 min.)

RAIN on Blame: A Guided Meditation (14:40 min.)

When we are stuck in blame or resentment we are in a trance – the other person becomes an unreal bad other, and our own sense of being contracts into a victimized self, an angry self, a righteous self. Using the acronym RAIN, this practice guides us in bringing...
Earth’s Crisis: On the Edge of the Roof

Earth’s Crisis: On the Edge of the Roof

This talk was given in 2015, yet it is as timely as ever. It views the ecological dis-ease of our planet through the lens of our evolutionary unfolding. We explore the egoic trance that has precipitated the destruction of our environment, and the inner practices of...
Part 2 – The Answer is Love:  Evolving out of “Bad Other”

Part 2 – The Answer is Love:  Evolving out of “Bad Other”

These two talks address the inquiry: How do we awaken from the contempt and hatred that causes so much suffering in our world? The first talk looks at how we can use the practices of mindfulness and compassion to decondition our habits of self-blame and self-hatred,...
Compassion Towards All: Moving toward a Plant Based Diet

Compassion Towards All: Moving toward a Plant Based Diet

For most of human history it’s been “normal” to eat non-human animals. This is now changing. We are awakening to the massive suffering of the billions of animals killed each day for food, the horrors of the animal-food industry, and the impact it has on climate change...
Tara Talks: Compassion toward Non-Human Animals (11:39  min.)

Tara Talks: Compassion toward Non-Human Animals (11:39 min.)

Tara Talks: Compassion for Non-Human Animals For thousands of years humans have become accustomed to de-valuing, exploiting and violating non-human animals. This unseen bias of speciesism continues to create horrific suffering for billions of sentient beings each...
Blog: About LGBTQIA and Use of Pronouns

Blog: About LGBTQIA and Use of Pronouns

About LGBTQIA and Use of Pronouns LESBIAN A woman whose enduring physical, romantic, and/or emotional attraction is to other women. Some lesbians may prefer to identify as gay or as gay women. GAY The adjective used to describe people whose enduring physical,...
“Play a Greater Part” – Part 2 – Bodhisattva for Our Times

“Play a Greater Part” – Part 2 – Bodhisattva for Our Times

During scary and uncertain times, the habitual reflex is to try to find ground by creating stories about what’s happening and hardening into us-them blame. This only perpetuates the aggression and violence that is so prevalent in our societies. These two talks are a...
“Play a Greater Part” – Part 1 – Bodhisattva for Our Times

“Play a Greater Part” – Part 1 – Bodhisattva for Our Times

During scary and uncertain times, the habitual reflex is to try to find ground by creating stories about what’s happening and hardening into us-them blame. This only perpetuates the aggression and violence that is so prevalent in our societies. These two talks are a...
Beloved Community

Beloved Community

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...
Mindfulness in Education: Enabling Children to Realize their Full Potential

Peace Work

The hope for inner and world peace lies in our evolutionary capacity to shift from Fight-Flight-Freeze reactivity to responding to aggravation with Attend-Befriend. This talk explores the three elements on this path of awakening that support us in this transformation:...