Talks for Beginners


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,...

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...

Tara Brach at River Road UU Congregation
The RAIN of Self-Compassion

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

Part 2: Beyond the Fear Body

A central part of spiritual awakening is recognizing and befriending fear, and in the tender intensity of fear, discovering...

Part 1: Beyond the Fear Body

A central part of spiritual awakening is recognizing and befriending fear, and in the tender intensity of fear, discovering...

Part 2: Basic Elements of Meditation Practice

This two-part series offers a clear and fresh understanding of practices that cultivate mindful awareness. The first class examines...

Part 1: Basic Elements of Meditation Practice

This two-part series offers a clear and fresh understanding of practices that cultivate mindful awareness. The first class examines...

Stress and Our Evolving Consciousness
Stress and Our Evolving Consciousness

The universal experience of stress (in Buddhism, called dukkha) is a message that we are not realizing, trusting and...

Cultivating Equanimity (Duck Meditation)

Equanimity, the mindful presence that neither grasps nor resists experience, is the grounds for unconditional love and wise action....

Committing to Joy

What makes joy rare? How do we awaken this beautiful capacity to embrace life? In this talk we explore...

Cultivating Compassion

We each have the potential to live with a compassionate, open heart. In this talk we explore the conditioning...

Intimacy with Life – Awakening Love

The Buddha taught about four Divine Abodes--dwelling places of the awakened heart mind: lovingkindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. In...

Blue Buddha
Part 2: The Healing Power of Self-Compassion

Learning to hold our own lives with a gentle compassion is a key element in all emotional healing and...

Blue Buddha
Part 1: The Healing Power of Self-Compassion

Learning to hold our own lives with a gentle compassion is a key element in all emotional healing and...

Genuine Acceptance

Our capacity to accept this life is key to our freedom, yet there are many misconceptions about acceptance: People...