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Pink Ladyslipper
Question and Response from Retreat (12:10 min)

Question and Response from Retreat ~ After morning meditation, Tara responds to questions on deepening our meditation practice, working...

RAIN of Forgiveness
The RAIN of Forgiveness

The capacity to release the armoring of hatred and blame is intrinsic to our evolving consciousness.  This talk explores...

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 You

Love is Always Loving You – 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

Embodied Awareness – Embracing Unlived Life – Part 2 ~ When we disconnect from the aliveness of our body,...

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...

Smile
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...