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Listening with an Awake Heart
Listening with an Awake Heart

True listening both nurtures and expresses evolving consciousness. This talk explores our ego-based conditioning to have an agenda or...

Return of the Prodigal Son
Love is Always Loving Us

Love is Always Loving Us – This talk draws on Christian mystic Henri Nouwen’s book Return of the Prodigal...

Releasing Self-Blame - Pathways to a Forgiving Heart
Releasing Self-Blame – Pathways to a Forgiving Heart

Releasing Self-Blame – Pathways to a Forgiving Heart When we are stuck in blaming, disliking or hating ourselves, we...

Healing Self-Doubt
Healing Self-Doubt

Healing Self-Doubt – Siddhartha Gautama’s last challenge before enlightenment was doubt, and to some degree, most of us live...

Pain and Living Fully
Embodied Awareness – Pain and Living Fully – Part 3

Pain and Living Fully ~ The experiences we most value – feeling creative, loving, vital – require being awake...

Embodied Awareness - Embracing Unlived Life - Part 2
Embodied Awareness – Embracing Unlived Life – Part 2

When we disconnect from the aliveness of our body, we are in a trance that prevents us from living...

Practical Dharma for Stressful Times
Practical Dharma for Stressful Times

When we are caught in a stress reaction, we are in a trance that cuts us off from our...

Embodied Awareness
Embodied Awareness – Embracing Unlived Life – Part 1

When we disconnect from the aliveness of our body, we are in a trance that prevents us from living...

Bodhichitta - The Awakened Heart - Part 2
Bodhichitta – The Awakened Heart – Part 2

While the brightness and warmth of our hearts is always here, like the sun when blocked by clouds, our...

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Bodhichitta – The Awakened Heart – Part 1

While the brightness and warmth of our hearts is always here, like the sun when blocked by clouds, our...

The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening - Part 2
The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening – Part 2

In spiritual life, inquiry arises from our deep yearning to understand reality, and it involves bringing an interested, engaged...

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The Power of Inquiry in Spiritual Awakening – Part 1

Part I – In spiritual life, inquiry arises from our deep yearning to understand reality, and it involves bringing...

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Three Attitudes that Nourish a Liberating Practice

A key spiritual inquiry is, “In this moment, what most serves awakening?” Rather than a particular style of meditation...

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Three Blessings on the Journey (Part 2)

Drawing on a wonderful teaching story from the Upanishads, these two talks explore the role of forgiveness, inner fire...

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Three Blessings on the Journey (Part 1)

Drawing on a wonderful teaching story from the Upanishads, these two talks explore the role of forgiveness, inner fire...

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Widening the Circles of Compassion (retreat talk)

The archetypal figure of the Bodhisattva (“awakening being”) reflects our potential to realize our connectedness with all beings, and...

2016-01-06 21.00.33
Gateways of Remembrance: The Three Refuges

This talk explores the traditional refuges of awareness (buddha nature), truth (dharma) and love (sangha) that are at the...

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Meditation Instructions with Question/Response (14 min)(retreat)

“…discover what’s happening here, beyond the veil of thinking.” Tara gives additional instructions and responds to questions after the...

2015-11-07 14.35.59
The Power of Mindful Investigation

We each have a deep interest in reality–in understanding what is true and who we are. In Buddhist teachings,...

2015-12-23 21.01.26
Secret Beauty – Seeing the Goodness – Solstice Talk

This solstice talk explores two pathways to realizing the Secret Beauty that is our essence.  One is through the...