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Meditation: Living Presence - 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...

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,...

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...

The RAIN of Self-Compassion
The RAIN of Self-Compassion

This talk explores three key features of the trance of unworthiness and introduces a guided meditation based on the...

Desire: A Current of Homecoming

Desire is intrinsic to our aliveness, yet when we have unmet needs, it can possess us. This talk explores...

Loving Life, Loving Earth

With prayers for Paris: What will it take to have us collectively awaken to the suffering of our earth...

Feeling Gratitude, Giving Love

Like breathing in and breathing out, gratitude and generosity allow us to live fully. This talks explores what blocks...

Part 2: Awakening through Anger – The U-Turn to Freedom

While we have strong conditioning to react to aggression with more aggression, we have the capacity to pause, and...

Part 1: Awakening through Anger – The U-Turn to Freedom

Anger is naturally triggered when we feel an obstacle to meeting our needs. How do we honor the intelligence...

Compass of Our Heart

All of our actions, our entire life experience, arises from the energy of intention.  While it’s natural that our...

Relating Wisely with Imperfection

Our survival brain reacts to perceived imperfection with aversion and anxiety, and if we are habituated to this reaction,...

Awakening Beyond Self

Suffering is our call to deepen attention and discover the truth of who we are beyond the identity of...