Select dharma talks given by Teresa Miller and Philip Davidson. 

These recordings were made at Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville's (IMCC) weekly meetings where Teresa is one of the sangha's guiding teachers and Philip has guest taught several times. 

Teresa Miller

Beginning with Self Compassion (September 12, 2017) - 33 min

ABC's: Awareness, Beloved Community (August 8, 2017) - 30 min

What is ours to do in aiming toward the creation of beloved community? The Buddha’s teaching was a kind of framework to learn to be honest with ourselves and with what’s going on in our minds, in our bodies, in our lives. As always, the talk may provide guidance for living this moment and the ones to come – today and tomorrow – with awareness, and an intention to do no harm, to ease suffering.  Poem: Clearing by Martha Postelwaite

Happy In(ter)dependency Day with Teresa Miller (July 4, 2017) - 21 min

We celebrate July 4th in the USA with words and symbols that express philosophical values of democracy and equality. Yet we are aware of explicit and implicit bias, a transparent disparity and inequity, that creates harm in our selves, our community, the world. In the face of suffering, how do we remember, and embody, our interdependence, in order to respond wisely and kindly?

A Meditation on Election Day with Teresa Miller (November 8, 2016) - 56 min

We'd like to believe that election day will provide some resolution, a return to a calmer, steadier state. Most of us sense that's not what will happen - tomorrow or next week or next year. What's happening outside is a mirror of what's happening inside - a reflection of growing consciousness, waking up to the shadow that exists within all of us. How to live beyond this election cycle - how to make room for all perspectives, beyond the outcome of the vote...

What is This Life's Work?  (October 11, 2016) - 24 min

When the question was asked of the Buddha, "What is this life's work?", the answer was "An appropriate response."

Tonight's talk looks at the question of what is an appropriate response for us while on the planet, given the multiple challenges of our lives, on personal, national and global scales.

Story as Truth  (August 30, 2016) - 27 min

Myth and legend can reveal truth too great to be limited by fact. Jataka tales, traditionally viewed as the recounting of a past life of the Buddha, express a tenderness between the realms - human and animal - such as we might find in a literature of deep ecology. A Jataka tale, like all story, is to be felt and intuitively understood, not simply reasoned out. Compassion springs from insight into the fundamental equality of all living beings.

"Finding Capacity to Love This World,"  (July 19, 2016) - 27 min

It's easy to be stunned by the enormity of crises occurring in the systems we're living in. What guideposts can we rely upon to help us show up for challenges, to teach us to love the things of this world? How do we move from separation to a seamless reality, a unity of consciousness?

"Easing into the Refuge of Awareness" (March 1, 2016) - 60 min

A natural refuge for the the mind is already within us - we don't have to construct one. How do we ease into this natural refuge of awareness - that includes separation and oneness? Paradoxically, the more we pay attention to experience, the less solid the object (anxiety, pain, envy), the clinging, the separation. We see that "The more I get out of the way, the greater the flow."

Philip Davidson

An Essential Turning Point: Either Defaulting to Selfing and Reactivity or Taking Responsibility for Living Skillfully  (October 18, 2016) - 41 min

We find ourselves again and again noting an experience as unpleasant and then taking it personally, usually because of human protective reactivity and our own conditioning. Mindfulness awareness practice allows us to observe this process and find the space to choose at the Turning Point.

"Our Inherent Enoughness" (Feb 23, 2016)  - 38 min

Kay and Phil Davidson's talk addresses "Our Inherent Enoughness": how the notion of “being enough just as we are” is contained in the Buddhist view that we already have everything we need to awaken.

"Forgiving Resistance" (October, 20, 2015)  - 38 min


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