Talks: Audio & Video


archive for year 2011


Meditation: Effortless and Wakeful Presence
The Blessings of Embodied Presence (retreat talk)

All that we cherish - love, creativity, wisdom and aliveness - becomes available when we come home to an...

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No Mud, No Lotus

Our attitude in the face of life's challenges determines our suffering or our freedom. This solstice talk explores the...

A Grateful, Giving, Happy Heart
The Dance of Relational Trance

When we become emotionally reactive in our relationships, we often go into a trance that creates separation and locks...

The Backward Step

Our habit is to think we are on our way someplace else, and that our happiness is to be...

Talk With Francesca Show

Tara was interviewed for the “Talk with Francesca” radio show (talkwithfrancesca.com). It was aired on January 1, 2012 at...

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Pathways to a Grateful Heart

When we are filled with gratitude, we are living from the most sincere, awake part of our being. This...

Mindful Speech
Mindful Speech

Deception, gossip and aggressive speech are pervasive in our culture. This talk looks at the roots of these forms...

Blog: Suffering: The Call To Investigate Beliefs
The Space of Presence

The perception of "there's not enough time or space" in life blocks our natural capacity for intimacy, creativity and...

Divine Abodes: Equanimity

Equanimity is the mental state of balance and non-reactivity that arises when we are resting in open, wakeful presence....

Divine Abodes: Joy

Joy is an innate capacity, an expression of unconditional presence with life. Yet for many, it is blocked by...

Divine Abodes: Compassion

We cultivate compassion by letting ourselves be touched by the suffering within and around us. Because our conditioning is...

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Unconditional Love for the Life Within

(Retreat Talk - IMCW Fall Retreat at Reisterstown, MD) The tyranny of "should" prevents us from living and loving fully....

Meditation: Relaxing Back into Open Wakefulness
Divine Abodes: Lovingkindness

Love is the most basic expression of who we are, and yet it is often obscured by the trance...

Meditation: Letting Go of Doing
Causing No Harm

The mindstates behind violence--anger and fear--are universal and natural. If they possess us and drive our actions, we suffer....

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Introduction to Meditation: Part 2 – Do You Make Regular Visits to Yourself?

These two classes cover the basic instructions for Buddhist mindfulness (vipassana or insight) meditation. The first class explores the...

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Introduction to Meditation: Part 1 – Do You Make Regular Visits to Yourself

These two classes cover the basic instructions for Buddhist mindfulness (vipassana or insight) meditation. The first class explores the...

Relaxing the Over-Controller - Part 1
Finding the Juice Inside of Fear

Learning to bring a mindful presence to fear is an intrinsic part of spiritual awakening. In this talk we...

Befriending Irene
Befriending Irene

Whether you face chronic anxiety or more violent storms of fear and anger, you can cultivate the wings of...

Blog: Living Whole-Heartedly
Wholehearted Living

What stops us from being wholehearted in our relationships and life? This talk explores the conditioning that keeps us...

Relating Wisely to Desire

Without desire, this world would not exist. While this universal energy is entirely natural, if we are not mindful...


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