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Date Title Length
03/19/2014

Return of the Prodigal Son
Return of the Prodigal Son (Audio)
Return of the Prodigal Son (Video)
Drawing on Henri Nouwen’s book that interprets this famous parable, this talk looks at the ways we cut off from loving awareness, and the process of homecoming. Our inquiry, reflections and a guided meditation focus on an essential and often overlooked element of transformation: our capacity to trust in love, to let love in. Link to Rembrandt's "Prodigal Son" painting, which is referred to in the talk.

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59:31
03/12/2014

Part 5: Equanimity
Part 5: Equanimity: A Heart That is Ready for Anything (Audio)
Part 5: Equanimity: A Heart That is Ready for Anything (Video)
Equanimity is the quality of presence that is open, balanced and non-reactive. As this talk explores, when equanimity is lacking, we become easily lost in trance, identified as a defended and controlling egoic self. When present, the solidity and constriction of egoic self dissolves, and our heart is free to respond to life with love, compassion, forgiveness and joy.

50:38
03/05/2014

Part 4: Opening to Joy
Part 4: Opening to Joy (Audio)
Part 4: Opening to Joy (Video)
Our innate capacity for joy is blocked by our habitual ways of paying attention. This talk explores three key pathways of presence that connect us with our full openness and aliveness.

54:53
02/19/2014

Part3: A Forgiving Heart
Part 3: A Forgiving Heart (Audio)
Part 3: A Forgiving Heart (Video)
Anger is an intelligent emotion, a natural part of our evolutionary design that lets us know when we are endangered or impeded in our progress. But when it locks into ongoing resentment and blame, our heart becomes armored and we lose access to a wholeness of being. This talk explores forgiving as a process of relaxing our armoring and awakening a healing compassion for ourselves and others.

1:00:30
02/19/2014

Part2: Heart of Compassion
Part 2: Heart of Compassion (Audio)
Part 2: Heart of Compassion (Video)
Most of us consciously value compassion, but move through much of life without access to the full capacity of our heart. This talk explores the self-compassion that is the very grounds of loving our world.

55:57
01/22/2014

Listening to the Song
Listening to the Song (Audio)
Listening to the Song (Video)
Listening with our full heart and attention is the gateway to understanding and love. This talk explores the challenges to deep listening, and offers ways of paying attention that awaken a healing listening presence.

55:30
 01/08/2014

Path of True Refuge
Path of True Refuge (Audio)
Path of True Refuge (Video)
This talk explores the three archetypal gateways to liberation - awareness (Buddha), truth (Dharma) and love (Sangha). It includes guided reflections and a refuge ceremony that can help us discover the path “inside out” through daily life.

NOTE: Stuart Rakoff's blog is here: http://stuspeaks.wordpress.com/

51:55
12/18/2013

Part 2: Evolving Toward Unconditional Love
Part 2: Evolving Toward Unconditional Love (audio)
Part 2: Evolving Toward Unconditional Love (video)
This two part series explores the evolutionary conditioning of fear and judgment that contracts us away from love and acceptance, and the quality of mindful presence - in relating inwardly and in communicating with others - that awakens and frees our hearts.

"Holiday Dharma" - La Sarmiento shares some comedy, almost-senior moments, and songs to get us in the holiday spirit!

A Shared Prayer for Compassion and Peace - offered at end of the winter solstice talk.

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12/11/2013

Part 1: Evolving Toward Unconditional Love
Part 1: Evolving Toward Unconditional Love (audio)
Part 1: Evolving Toward Unconditional Love (video)
This two part series explores the evolutionary conditioning of fear and judgment that contracts us away from love and acceptance, and the quality of mindful presence - in relating inwardly and in communicating with others - that awakens and frees our hearts.

57:55
11/27/2013

The Evolving of Generosity
The Evolving of Generosity (audio)
The Evolving of Generosity (video)
This talk explores how we can open out of the habit of grasping and deliberately nourish our natural capacity for generosity, for living love.

55:04
11/20/2013

Accessing Innate Wisdom
Accessing Innate Wisdom (audio)
Accessing Innate Wisdom (video)
Wisdom is an innate capacity, but often covered over by trance. This talk explores how we abandon ourselves as we busily seek ways to feel more worthy, loveable and safe. We then look at the pathway home, the radical non-doing and space of silence that allows wisdom and love to flow through.

55:36
11/13/2013

Part 1: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening
Part 2: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening (audio)
Part 2: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening (video)
We each live with uncertainty and the fear of rejection and loss, and we each are conditioned to avoid feeling or expressing that vulnerability. Yet intimacy with this unlived life is the gateway to connecting authentically with others, full aliveness and spiritual realization. These talks explore the ways that we defend ourselves, and the pathway to gently, wisely and intelligently disarming and freeing our hearts.

55:22
11/06/2013

Part 2: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening
Part 1: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening (audio)
Part 1: Vulnerability, Intimacy, & Spiritual Awakening (video)
We each live with uncertainty and the fear of rejection and loss, and we each are conditioned to avoid feeling or expressing that vulnerability. Yet intimacy with this unlived life is the gateway to connecting authentically with others, full aliveness and spiritual realization. These talks explore the ways that we defend ourselves, and the pathway to gently, wisely and intelligently disarming and freeing our hearts.

59:11
10/16/2013

Part 2: Happiness
Part 2: Happiness (audio)
Part 2: Happiness (video)
This 2-part series explores conditioned and unconditioned happiness: What blocks us from experiencing true well-being, and the skillful means that allow this natural expression of our being to shine through.

57:10
2013/11/30

Healing Self-Doubt
Healing Self-Doubt (audio)
Healing Self-Doubt (video)
Siddhartha Gautama’s last challenge before enlightenment was doubt, and to some degree, most of us live with limiting beliefs about our own worthiness and goodness. This talk looks at the tenacity of self-doubt and the power of mindfulness, investigation and compassion in releasing its grip.

55:03
10/09/2013

Part 1: Happiness
Part 1: Happiness (audio)
Part 1: Happiness (video)
This 2-part series explores conditioned and unconditioned happiness: What blocks us from experiencing true well-being, and the skillful means that allow this natural expression of our being to shine through.

47:21
10/02/2013

Loving Life, Loving Earth
Loving Life, Loving Earth (audio)
Loving Life, Loving Earth (video)
What will it take to have us collectively awaken to the suffering of our earth and respond? This talk looks at how we are destroying our larger body, the earth; what stops us from recognizing and opening to the suffering of loss, and ways we can evolve our consciousness and act on behalf of this precious life.

45:17
9/25/2013

Part 2 - Entering the Wilderness
Part 2: Entering the Wilderness (audio)
Part 2: Entering the Wilderness (video)
On all spiritual paths, we journey into the inner wilderness to discover the nature of nature - the truth of who we are. The entry is through bringing a kind and full presence to the life of our bodies. These two talks explore the conditioning that leads us to dissociation, and the blessings of full aliveness, open heartedness and wisdom that arise when we come home to embodied presence.

53:47
9/18/2013

Part 1 - Entering the Wilderness
Part 1: Entering the Wilderness (audio)
Part 1: Entering the Wilderness (video)
On all spiritual paths, we journey into the inner wilderness to discover the nature of nature - the truth of who we are. The entry is through bringing a kind and full presence to the life of our bodies. These two talks explore the conditioning that leads us to dissociation, and the blessings of full aliveness, open heartedness and wisdom that arise when we come home to embodied presence.

54:22
9/11/2013

Peace Work
Peace Work (audio)
Peace Work (video)
The hope for inner and world peace lies in our evolutionary capacity to shift from Fight-Flight-Freeze reactivity to responding to aggravation with Attend-Befriend. This talk explores the three elements on this path of awakening that support us in this transformation: Remembering our true aspiration; taking full responsibility (for whatever arises in our experience) and widening the circles of our caring to include all beings.

56:22
09/04/2013

From Egoic to Unconditioned Loving
From Egoic to Unconditioned Loving (audio)
From Egoic to Unconditioned Loving (video)
When we are caught in the sense of separation and unmet needs, our love is marbled with fear and attachment. This talk describes the chain of conditioning that perpetuates the constrictions of egoic love and explores several courageous activities--sharing our vulnerability, expressing love, extending and receiving love-- that awaken us to the vastness and freedom of pure loving awareness.
56:04
08/28/2013

Part 1 - Relating to Fearsome Deities
Part 2: Relating to the Fearsome Deities (audio)
Part 2: Relating to the Fearsome Deities (video)
Whenever Mara--the shadow side--appeared during the Buddha's life, his response was simple and liberating: "I see you Mara," and,"Please, come…let's have tea." In that spirit, this talk explores three approaches to relating to fear with a mindful and compassionate presence.

The flute meditation at the end of the talk is given by Akal Dev.
1:01:14
08/21/2013

Relating to Fearsome Deities
Part 1: Relating to the Fearsome Deities (audio)
Part 1: Relating to the Fearsome Deities (video)
Our relationship to fear shapes our life experience. If we are unconscious, and reflexively try to manage fear, our identity takes the shape of the body of fear. If instead we learn to attend and befriend fear, we discover the freedom of our awakened heart.
56:50
08/07/2013

True Belonging
True Belonging (audio)
True Belonging (video)
We all have a longing to belong. When pursued at the egoic level--often through our good-personhood projects--there may be temporary satisfaction but our sense of separation is ultimately reinforced. In contrast, bringing mindfulness and compassion to whatever is arising dissolves the sense of separation and reveals the basic goodness of our own loving presence.
53:07
07/24/2013

Three Gestures of Love
Three Gestures of Love (audio)
Three Gestures of Love (video)
If we inquire "what is between me and presence" we usually find we've been caught inside a limiting story of self, contracted by wants and fears. This talk explores a simple yet powerful way of arousing loving presence and dissolving the narrow identification that keeps us from inhabiting our awakened heartmind.
55:57
07/17/2013

Absolute Cooperation with the Inevitable
Absolute Cooperation with the Inevitable (audio)
Absolute Cooperation with the Inevitable (video)
This talk addresses common misunderstandings about acceptance (allowing, "letting be") and explores the challenges and blessings of opening to the raw emotions that we habitually avoid.
56:51
07/03/2013

Part 2: Hope and the Spiritual Path
Part 2: Hope and the Spiritual Path (audio)
Part 2: Hope and the Spiritual Path (video)
In this talk we further define the nature of mature or spiritual hope as part of a trinity that includes trust and love, and explore what blocks its unfolding. We then review how different people have "hit bottom" and found their way to the energy, receptivity and openness of hope.
57:17
06/26/2013

Part 1: Hope and the Spiritual Path
Part 1: Hope and the Spiritual Path (audio)
Part 1: Hope and the Spiritual Path (video)
This talk looks at the difference between egoic hopes and fears, and the quality of hopefulness ("holy hope") that is an essential dimension in spiritual experience. We reflect on the three components of hope that serves awakening: Aspiration, Trust and Dedication of energy.
54:00
05/22/2013

Being to Being - Loving Beyond the Trance
Being to Being - Loving Beyond the Trance (audio)
Being to Being - Loving Beyond the Trance (video)
We have strong conditioning to relate to each other from a sense of separateness--persona to persona. This talk looks at what traps us in egoic relating and how several simple yet powerful reflections can open us to pure, unconditioned loving.
59:02
05/15/2013

Releasing the Barriers to Unconditional Love
Releasing the Barriers to Unconditional Loving (audio)
Releasing the Barriers to Unconditional Loving (video)
We long for love and habitually armor our hearts. This talk explores the aggression and clinging that protect our wound of feeling unlovable, and the ways that mindfulness can dissolve our defenses and reveal our inner refuge of pure loving presence.
59:12
05/08/2013

Remembering Being
Remembering Being (audio)
Remembering Being (video)
Our fear-based doings block us from realizing the formless dimension of our Being, and living from that source of wisdom and love. This talk explores the habitual control strategies that keep us from presence; and the role of mindfulness and lovingkindness in reconnecting with the ground of Being.
53:33
04/24/2013

Letting Go Into Living and Dying
Letting Go Into Living and Dying (audio)
Letting Go Into Living and Dying (video)
Our capacity to live and love fully is directly related to our acceptance of change and loss. This talk explores how we avoid the pain of loss, ways of practicing that open us to this changing world, and the gifts of letting go into the flow.
56:11
04/17/2013

Entering the Mystery
Entering the Mystery (audio)
Entering the Mystery (video)
John O'Donahue writes, "We are so busy managing our lives, we forget this great mystery we are involved in." This talk looks at the ways we pull away from the mystery and the path of "beginners mind" that enables us to encounter this living world with freshness, courage and wonder.
53:04
04/10/2013

Heavenly Messengers
Heavenly Messengers (audio)
Heavenly Messengers (video)
Tara interviews Frank Ostaseski, founder of Zen Hospice, on a contemplative approach to death and dying.

For more information on the new "Heavenly Messengers: Awakening Through Aging, Sickness and Death" 2-year training program - a collaborative effort through Spirit Rock and the Metta Institute, go to https://www.spiritrock.org/heavenlymessengers.

Application deadline is May 1, 2013.
1:01:16
04/03/2013

Part 2: Three Blessings - "Inner Fire"
Part 3: Three Blessings - Looking In the Mirror (audio)
Part 3: Three Blessings - Looking In the Mirror (video)
The third gift on the journey of awakening is the mirror. In this talk we explore how to look back into our own minds and discover the timeless, radiant presence that is our essence. It is this realization of our Beingness that enables us to live these lives with wisdom, love and wonder.
52:54
03/27/2013

Part 2: Three Blessings - "Inner Fire"
Part 2: Three Blessings - Inner Fire (audio)
Part 2: Three Blessings - Inner Fire (video)
Each of us has the longing to manifest our full potential--to realize and live from loving, awake awareness. This longing is our inner fire, and when conscious and vibrant, it energizes the spiritual path. In this talk we reflect on how fear obscures and redirects our inner fire, and how practices of presence and wise reflection awaken the power and purity of our longing.
53:30
03/13/2013

Part 1: Three Blessings - "Forgiveness"
Part 1: Three Blessings of Awakening Consciousness - "Forgiveness" (audio)
Part 1: Three Blessings of Awakening Consciousness - "Forgiveness" (video)
In this three part series we explore the evolution of consciousness through the lens of three key capacities: A forgiving heart, inner fire (conscious aspiration toward freedom) and self-inquiry.
52:56
02/20/2013

Beyond the Interpreted World
Beyond the Interpreted World (audio)
Beyond the Interpreted World (video)
Hildegard of Bingen writes, "An interpreted world is not a Home." This talk explores the suffering that arises from believing in an interpreted reality, and the love, aliveness and freedom that becomes accessible as we challenge beliefs and awaken into living presence.
1:00:00
02/06/2013

Embodying True refuge - Serving and Savoring Life
Embodying True Refuge--Serving and Savoring Life (audio)
Embodying True Refuge--Serving and Savoring Life (video)
This talk traces the story of the Buddha's awakening, and reflects on four key archetypal elements that are relevant for each of us as we come home to our true nature. There is a particular emphasis on how these elements enable us to encounter challenges in relationships and find our way to openhearted presence.

(audio only) Includes music honoring the launch of Tara's new book, True Refuge: vocal by La Sarmiento and Guru Ganesha with his Kirtan band.
1:16:53
01/30/2013

Remembering What Matters
Remembering What Matters (audio)
Remembering What Matters (video)
Our conscious aspiration toward awakening is what energizes the spiritual path. This talk reviews the main characteristic of a vital aspiration, the conditioning that obscures our deepest intentions and offers guided reflections to connect us with what most matters.
58:45
01/16/2013

Stepping Out of the Cave
Stepping Out of the Cave (audio)
Stepping Out of the Cave (video)
If we are suffering it is because we are believing something that is not true. This talk explores the genesis of our core beliefs and the investigation, mindfulness and compassion that can release their grip.
56:01
01/09/2013

The Barriers to Loving Presence
The Barriers to Loving Presence (audio)
The Barriers to Loving Presence (video)
You might reflect on someone important to you, and ask: "What is between me and loving fully?" Notice what happens. This talk explores the ways we create separations from others, and the power of inquiry and presence to awaken an unconditionally loving heart.
58:29
11/14/2012

Hand Off the Controls video
Hands Off the Controls (Audio)
Hands Off the Controls (Video)
We are deeply conditioned to respond to impermanence and inevitable loss by trying to control our experience. Our egoic reactivity prevents us from responding wisely to our life, and living the moments fully. This talk looks at how we can let go of controlling, open to the groundlessness we run from, and reconnect with the deep intelligence and love that flows through our being.
56:08
10/24/2012

Wise Investigation video
Wise Investigation: Dissolving the Trance (Audio)
Wise Investigation: Dissolving the Trance (Video)
If we are suffering, it is because we are believing something that is not true and caught in emotional reactivity. A key tool in meditation is investigation--actively inquiring into what is happening inside us. When we investigate with sincere interest and care, the light of our attention untangles difficult emotions and nourishes intimate relationships. As this light is turned toward awareness itself, it reveals the radiance and emptiness of our true nature.
56:30
10/17/2012

Question and Response video
Question and Response with Tara (Audio)
Question and Response with Tara (Video)
Questions and responses with Tara.
54:23
10/10/2012

Part 2:WIse Intention:  Living in Truth
Part 2: Wise Intention: Living In Truth (Audio)
Part 2: Wise Intention: Living In Truth (Video)
Evolution has conditioned us to identify as an egoic self and to protect that identity. A key strategy is trying to control how others perceive us through pretense and deception. This talk explores the ways we disarm though dedicating ourselves to truthfulness, forgiving our defenses and taking a chance to name and make room for the vulnerability we have been armoring.
53:52
10/03/2012 Part 1: Wise Intention: the Compass of our Hearts (Audio)
Part 1: Wise Intention: the Compass of our Hearts (Video)
One of the most powerful spiritual practices in the world is to reflect on your heart's deepest intention. These two talks look at the way that ego-based intentions perpetuate thoughts, feelings and actions that keep us imprisoned in feeling separate and limited. In contrast, remembering our deeper intentions call us home to the freedom of our true nature.
44:56
9/26/2012 Part 2: Embodied Spirit (Audio)
Part 2: Embodied Spirit (Video)
Our body--this changing field of sensation--is a portal into pure Being. These talks explore the resistance we have to embodied presence, the pathways that enable us to awaken through our bodies, and the blessings of realization that arise as we let go over and over into the aliveness of our senses.
NOTE: Part 2 specifically addresses the challenge of arriving in embodied presence when we are facing traumatic fear, and other intense and difficult emotions.
55:25
9/19/2012 Part 1: Embodied Spirit
Our body--this changing field of sensation--is a portal into pure Being. These talks explore the resistance we have to embodied presence, the pathways that enable us to awaken through our bodies, and the blessings of realization that arise as we let go over and over into the aliveness of our senses. (Hear "Part 1: Embodied Spirit" in audio)
1:00:23
9/12/2012 The Freedom of Yes
How do we accept ourselves or others when our actions are causing harm? Does acceptance mean passivity? Does it undermine our efforts towards change? This talk responds to these questions with a simple, illuminating and challenging principle about genuine transformation: Acceptance is the prerequisite of true healing and awakening. Only when we've paused to recognize and allow this moment's experience to be fully as it is, can we respond from our intelligence and compassion to prevent future suffering. (Hear "The Freedom of Yes" in audio)
1:00:23
9/5/2012 Trance of the Unreal Other
We are conditioned to perceive people as unreal others- two dimensional characters who lack sentience, vulnerability and goodness. This is often most insidious when we filter people through demeaning culturally driven stereotypes. This talk explores the suffering of living in a trance that separates us from others, and how our practices of mindfulness and compassion enable us to experience what Thoreau calls the "miracle" of seeing through another's eyes, if only for a moment. (Hear "Trance of the Unreal Other" in audio)
59:42
8/29/2012 Intimacy with Our Inner Life
Jung wrote that our suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt parts of our psyche. This talk explores ways we can establish a healing presence by recognizing and communicating with the parts of our being that we habitually ignore or judge. (Hear "Intimacy with Our Inner Life" in audio)
59:53
8/22/2012 1000 Serious Moves - Part 2
We easily habituate to feeling stressed, leaning forward, trying to figure things out and get things done. The undercurrent is we are living reactively--resisting unpleasant experience, seeking out more comfort and ease--perpetually wanting life to be different than it is. In response to this confined way of living, the Buddha invites us to discover our innate capacity for happiness, the wellbeing that arises in full presence. These two talks explore the ways we get caught in the trance of reactivity and grimness, and the pathways to unconditioned happiness. (Hear "Part 2: 1000 Serious Moves" in audio)
58:07
8/15/2012 1000 Serious Moves - Part 1
We easily habituate to feeling stressed, leaning forward, trying to figure things out and get things done. The undercurrent is we are living reactively--resisting unpleasant experience, seeking out more comfort and ease--perpetually wanting life to be different than it is. In response to this confined way of living, the Buddha invites us to discover our innate capacity for happiness, the wellbeing that arises in full presence. These two talks explore the ways we get caught in the trance of reactivity and grimness, and the pathways to unconditioned happiness. (Hear "Part 1: 1000 Serious Moves" in audio)
53:13
8/8/2012 Real but not True
One of the most liberating realizations is that we don't have to believe our thoughts. In this talk we look at the suffering caused by limiting beliefs--"I am unworthy, unloveable, unsafe"--and the process by which we open into the full aliveness and potential of our being. (Hear "Real But Not True" in audio)
53:50
7/4/2012 Part 2 - Freedom: Taking the Backward Step
This talk investigates the core conditioning that creates and sustains trance. We then explore two gateways to realizing and inhabiting our true nature - inquiry and letting go. (Hear "Part 2 - Freedom: Taking the Backward Step" in audio)
57:54
6/27/2012 Part 1 - Freedom: Seeing Who Is Looking Through the Mask
We suffer when we are identified with our egoic conditioning and unable to recognize the spirit - the love and awareness - that animates our own and all beings. In this talk we explore how recognizing our vulnerability and basic goodness helps us to see through the mask and realize who is here. (Hear "Part 1 - Freedom: Seeing Who Is Looking Through the Mask" in audio)
54:30
6/20/2012 Cultivating Equanimity (Duck Meditation)
Equinimity, the mindful presence that neither grasps nor resists experience, is the grounds for unconditional love and wise action. This talk explores the conditioning that entraps us in reactivity, and two primary pathways for coming home to this natural state of balance and presence. (Hear "Cultivating Equanimity (Duck Meditation)" in audio)
57:43
6/13/2012 Committing to Joy
What makes joy rare? How do we awaken this beautiful capacity to embrace life? In this talk we explore the obstacles to joy and the attitude and practices that free us to "love what is." (Hear "Committing to Joy" in audio)
52:00
6/6/2012 Cultivating Compassion
We each have the potential to live with a compassionate, open heart. In this talk we explore the conditioning that closes us off to authentic caring, and the ways of deepening our attention that help us live to include widening circles of beings in our heart. (Hear "Cultivating Compassion" in audio.)
52:00
5/30/2012 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 this four-part series, we will explore the ways our conditioning blocks us from these expressions of inner freedom, and the understandings and practices that enable us to inhabit our full potential. (Hear "Intimacy with Life - Awakening Love" in audio)
54:10
5/23/2012 Training for Intimacy with Life
"Enlightenment is intimacy with all things" teaches Zen Master Dogen. While we long for this intimacy, we are conditioned to avoid the vulnerability and fear that an intimate presence can arouse. This talk explores how our mindfulness and heart practices cultivate the capacity to be intimate with our sensations of aliveness, our emotions and the beings in our life. (Hear "Training for Intimacy with Life" in audio)
58:32
05/09/2012
05/16/2012
Parts 1 & 2- The Lion's Roar
The Buddha taught that faith--trust in our true nature--is intrinsic to the spiritual path and the expression of wisdom. These two talks investigate the practices of presence that awaken our faith and the freedom that arises when our faith becomes radiant and full. (Hear "Parts 1 & 2: The Lion's Roar" in audio)
54:11
50:39
04/25/2012 The World in Our Heart
Some contemporary evolutionary theories track our development from survival of the fittest to group selection whereby we have the capacity for cooperation and empathy. This talk explores how our meditation practice of attending and befriending consciously facilitates the unfolding of our full evolutionary potential. The talk includes a guided meditation that helps us widen the circles of belonging to include all beings. (Hear "The World in Our Heart" in audio.)
59:41
04/04/2012 Beyond the Prison of Beliefs
Most of us have core fear beliefs that obscure our true nature and bind us in repeating patterns of painful emotions and behavior. This talk looks at the beliefs that limit us and the freedom that is possible when we investigate them with a kind, mindful awareness. (Hear "Beyond the Prison of Beliefs" in audio.)
53:38
3/28/2012 Attend and Befriend: Healing the Fear Body
Our fear management strategies--versions of fight/flight-- contract our body and mind, and separate us from others. As we learn to pause and contact the bodily fear with a gentle, mindful awareness, our sense of being enlarges. We rediscover our belonging to presence, love and life. (Hear "Attend and Befriend: Healing the Fear Body" in audio.)
59:51
3/21/2012 Alchemy of Wise Effort in Spiritual Life
The ground of wise effort is our sincere intentionality toward presence, love and freedom. Yet our habit is to go into trance, and latch on to narrowed intentions of self-enhancement or defense. When this goes on for years, we feel disappointment in our lives, a sense of not being true to ourselves. Through guided reflections, we explore how--in spiritual practice and in relationships--we can connect with our deepest intention and live in a way that expresses our awakening heart and awareness. (Hear "Alchemy of Wise Effort in Spiritual Life" in audio.)
58:24
3/14/2012 Flowering, From Within, of Self-Blessing
This line from poet Galway Kinnell reminds us of the possibility of meeting our inner life with a loving, healing presence. When we do, we loosen the trance of unworthiness and reconnect with our intrinsic goodness. In turn, we can offer our blessings to others--serving as reminders of the awareness and love that can blossom in all beings. (Hear "Flowering, From Within, of Self-Blessing" in audio.)
57:05
3/7/2012 Freedom in the Midst of Difficulty
We suffer when we forget who we are and get caught in a limited sense of self. This talk explores how we become identified with a sliver of what we are, and the pathway to remembering our wholeness. When we know we're the ocean, we are free to relate to the waves with respect, compassion and love. (Hear "Freedom in the Midst of Difficulty" in audio.)
1:01:15
2/29/2012 Embodied Presence: Gateway to Intimacy and Freedom
We often move through the day in a reactive trance, removed from the aliveness of our bodies and this natural world. This talk explores how coming home to our bodies awakens us to living love, creativity and the deepest realization of who we are. (Hear "Embodied Presence: Gateway to Intimacy and Freedom" in audio.)
57:12
1-25-2012
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2-1-2012
Parts 1 & 2: Three Blessings on the Journey
Drawing on a wonderful teaching story from the Upanishads, these two talks explore the role of forgiveness, inner fire and looking at our own minds, in finding freedom. (Hear "Parts 1 & 2: Three Blessings on the Journey" in audio.)
54:27
1-11-2012
&
1-18-2012
Parts 1 & 2: Trusting Your Basic Goodness
Einstein says the most important question we will ever ask ourselves is, "Is this universe a friendly place?" Do we trust that there is something essentially benevolent or good about this universe? That we are essentially good? These two talks explore what it means to trust basic goodness, and how this trust naturally emerges through cultivating a meditative presence. (Hear "Parts 1 & 2: Trusting Your Basic Goodness" in audio.)
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1-04-2012 Taking Refuge
This class explores the three classic gateways to true refuge - Buddha (awareness); Dharma (path, truth of reality) and Sangha (spiritual friends, loving relatedness). It includes reflections and a ceremony that supports us in remembering the pathway home. (Hear "Taking Refuge" in audio.)
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12-21-2011 No Mud No Lotus
Our attitude in the face of life's challenges determines our suffering or our freedom. This solstice talk explores the light of compassion that blossoms when we honor our difficult times with a deep, mindful attention. This solstice evening includes chanting, singing and a candlelighting ceremony. (Hear "No Mud, No Lotus" in audio.)
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12-14-2011 The Dance of Relational Trance
When we become emotionally reactive in our relationships, we often go into a trance that creates separation and locks us into a narrow sense of self. This talk explores how, by pausing and deepening our attention, we can reconnect with the wisdom of our hearts. (Hear "The Dance of Relational Trance" in audio.)
56:07
12-7-2011 The Backward Step
Our habit is to think we are on our way someplace else, and that our happiness is to be found outside ourselves. Yet realization becomes possible when we take the backward step into the formless dimension of our own being. This talk explores the two pathways that awaken us from our stories of self and reveal the love and awareness that is our true nature. (Hear "The Backward Step" in audio.)
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11/30/11 Visit "Tara's Talks" - a new a web series on YouTube hosted by Tara that offers bits of timeless wisdom in short videos to help provide freedom and perhaps relieve stress and anxiety in our very busy lives.  
11/16/2011 Mindful Speech
Deception, gossip and aggressive speech are pervasive in our culture. This talk looks at the roots of these forms of communication, and the way they entrap us in a contracted and separate sense of self. We then explore the practices that help us speak from a courageous presence, wisdom and love. (Hear "Mindful Speech" in audio.)
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11/9/2011 The Space of Presence
The perception of "there's not enough time or space" in life blocks our natural capacity for intimacy, creativity and wisdom. Pausing and connecting with the space of presence transforms our entire experience of being alive. This talk explores the pathways that reveal the space that is always here, the awake and loving space of our own awareness. (Hear "The Space of Presence" in audio.)
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11/2/2011 Divine Abodes: Equanimity
Equanimity is the mental state of balance and non-reactivity that arises when we are resting in open, wakeful presence. This talk reviews the key pathways to equanimity in the face of difficulty. We also explore the blessing of equanimity: the freedom to respond to our life with wisdom, compassion and love. (Hear "Divine Abodes: Equanimity" in audio.)
55:18
10/26/2011 Divine Abodes: Joy
Joy is an innate capacity, an expression of unconditional presence with life. Yet for many, it is blocked by our conditioning to grasp after life and to defend against loss. This talk explores how we can develop the selfless presence that allows for joy, and nourish that joy so it blossoms in our life. (Hear "Divine Abodes: Joy in audio).
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10/19/2011 Divine Abodes: Compassion
We cultivate compassion by letting ourselves be touched by the suffering within and around us. Because our conditioning is to avoid vulnerability, the path of compassion requires courage and purposefulness. As we awaken to the truth of our connectedness, our hearts become increasingly tender and our actions serve the healing of our world. (Hear "Divine Abodes: Compassion" in audio.)
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10/05/2011 Divine Abodes: Lovingkindness
Love is the most basic expression of who we are, and yet it is often obscured by the trance of separation and fear. This talk explores how we habitually armor our hearts, and the training of attention that awakens us to unconditional, all inclusive love. A classic form of the metta (lovingkindness) meditation is part of the talk. (Hear "Divine Abodes: Lovingkindness" in audio.)
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09/28/2011 Causing No Harm
The mindstates behind violence--anger and fear--are universal and natural. If they possess us and drive our actions, we suffer. If we learn to meet them with a mindful awareness--if we step out of judgment and angry reactivity--we serve our own freedom and the possibility of peace on earth as well. (Listen to the audio of Causing No Harm.)
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09/14/2011
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09/21/2011
Parts 1 and 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 attitude we bring to meditation that makes it rewarding, and the training that helps us in "coming back" from thoughts. The second class guides us in "being here," in cultivating a mindful awareness that recognizes and accepts what is happening in the present moment. Both classes include guided meditations and valuable reminders that can support you in developing a rich meditation practice.
55:52
09/07/2011 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 look at the ways we get caught in the trance of fear, and how the two wings of presence--clear recognition and openheartedness--can free us. This process of facing unmet fears is necessary not only for our own healing, but for any possibility of peace and the healing of our planet.
57:06
08/31/2011 Befriending Irene
Whether you face chronic anxiety or more violent storms of fear and anger, you can cultivate the wings of freedom--the mindfulness and compassion--that free you. This talk explores how the habit of being reactive causes us suffering and the ways these tools of meditation can be applied to the inner weather systems that most challenge us.
56:26
08/24/2011 Wholehearted Living
What stops us from being wholehearted in our relationships and life? This talk explores the conditioning that keeps us from an engaged presence, and the key elements to manifesting heart and spirit in all that we do.
56:26
08/10/2011 Relating Wisely to Desire
Without desire, this world would not exist. While this universal energy is entirely natural, if we are not mindful of it, desire can become a narrowed fixation or addiction that creates deep suffering. This talk explores the ways we can pay attention that honor this energy without allowing it to cut us off from presence and possess us.
47:28
08/04/2011 Learning to Respond, Not React
When life doesn't go our way, we often launch into a chain reaction of obsessive thinking, blaming and unpleasant emotions. This talk explores how we can use meditative practices to step out of reactive patterns and respond to life's challenges from our naturally wise heart.
48:12
07/27/2011 Part 2: The Mystery of Who We Are
Everything we cherish--love, creativity, wisdom, aliveness-- arises out of our capacity to arrive in Beingness. This talk explores the stress that leads us to cut off from our natural state of being, and two key pathways home. Included are guided meditations that explore the nature of our awareness, the essence of who we are.
56:25
07/20/2011 Part 1: The Mystery of Who We Are
The Buddha taught that we suffer because we don't realize who we are. This talk explores two pathways of awakening from the insecurity and reactivity that arises from a narrow sense of self. Listeners are invited to investigate the nature of awareness through several guided reflections.
54:19
07/06/2011 Flow and Presence
In the moments when we are truly happy, there is a sense of both aliveness and presence. This talk reflects on three key ways we remove ourselves from living presence; and offers guided reflections that can re-open us into the flow.
53:45
06/29/2011 Compass of the Heart
Are you aware of the intentions that are shaping your thoughts, moods and life experience? This talk explores how mindfulness of intention allows us to open to our deepest heart's aspiration, and have that guide the unfolding of our lives.
53:42
06/22/2011 Presence and Empowerment
In the moments we feel threatened, hurt or dissatisfied, we often flip into controlling mode--our body, heart and mind become contracted and we disconnect from presence. This talk explores how we can shift from controlling, to an empowering presence. When we do, our deepest wisdom and compassion begin to shape and guide our life.
54:33
06/15/2011 Soul Recognition: Seeing Past the Mask
We each long to be true to ourselves--to live from the love, creativity and wisdom that is our essence. This talk explores how, by attending to three key domains, we train ourselves to see beyond ego conditioning. By deepening our attention, we can free ourselves and others to be who we truly are.
54:33
06/08/2011 The Art of Listening--Nourishing Loving Relationships
Deep listening is an essential ingredient in intimate, caring relationships. This talk reflects on the intentionality, presence and quest for understanding that create the grounds for a healing and loving listening attention.
50:20
06/01/2011 Part 2: Stress and Meditation
When we are suffering from stress, we are paying attention to our world in a narrow and rigid way. Through meditations that cultivate a wakeful and open attention, we can dramatically transform the feelings of anxiety and aloneness that underlie all stress. (See "Part 2: Stress and Meditation" in video)
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05/25/2011 Part 1: Stress and Meditation
When we are suffering from stress, we are paying attention to our world in a narrow and rigid way. Through meditations that cultivate a wakeful and open attention, we can dramatically transform the feelings of anxiety and aloneness that underlie all stress.
1:00:14
05/18/2011 Stepping Out of Time
We spend much of our life on our way somewhere else, driven by the sense that something is missing or wrong. This talk explores the suffering that arises from our addiction to busyness and "doing," and the healing, loving and wisdom that arise when we take refuge in presence.
52:57
05/11/2011 The Buddha's Spiritual Awakening: A Myth For Us All!
In this telling of the Buddha's story, we find archetypes that reveal a universal path of awakening and freedom. We explore how each of us has the potential to realize the loving and radiant awareness that is our source.
53:04
04/27/2011 The Blessings of Embodied Awareness
One expression of our suffering is homelessness--feeling cut off from the presence and aliveness that is our source. This talk explores the existential and cultural forces that foster disconnection from our physical and energetic being, the practices that enable us to embrace our unlived life and the gifts of homecoming.
54:42
04/20/2011 Part 2: Realizing True Well-being
Buddhist psychology and the Western oriented field of positive psychology agree: How we pay attention determines whether we live primarily in fear and judgment, or happiness and peace. This two part series explores the teachings, practices and attitudes that enable us to live a meaningful life with a heart that is "happy for no reason."
52:29
04/13/2011 Part 1: Realizing True Well-being
Buddhist psychology and the Western oriented field of positive psychology agree: How we pay attention determines whether we live primarily in fear and judgment, or happiness and peace. This two part series explores the teachings, practices and attitudes that enable us to live a meaningful life with a heart that is "happy for no reason."
49:23
03/30/2011 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 spiritual awakening. This two part series explores the suffering of being at war with ourselves and the pathway to freeing our hearts. Music at end is Libby Roderick, "How Could Anyone?"
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03/23/2011 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 spiritual awakening. This two part series explores the suffering of being at war with ourselves and the pathway to freeing our hearts. Music at end is Libby Roderick, "How Could Anyone?"
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"Sacred Pause" - Omega Institute - 3/22/07

 

"Power" - Omega Institute - 4/4/07

 

Tara Brach "Coming Home" from Omega Institute on Vimeo.

 

Psychotherapy Networker Symposium - March 31, 2010
Full recording available, as well as recording of daylong workshop