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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

IMCB Regular Talks

Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

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2012-09-06 The Two Truths: Personal Truth and Universal Truth. 52:46
  Heather Sundberg
2012-09-13 Titrating our Dukkha. 54:40
  James Baraz
Though mindfulness meditation instructions generally suggest paying attention to what is predominant, focusing on overwhelming emotions especially those rooted in trauma is often not beneficial. This talk, which includes the Buddha's teachings on working with difficult emotions as well as theory from Somatic Experiencing (SE)—an approach to working with trauma—explores how to work with intense emotions by touching them a little at a time.
2012-09-20 Praise and Blame 59:04
  James Baraz
2012-09-27 No Place to Land 57:17
  James Baraz
Advaita teacher H. W. L. Poonja spoke of emptiness as "No place to land." This follow-up talk on Praise and Blame, discusses how understanding the Buddha's teaching on Emptiness—the selfless nature of the process—we can appreciate the positive impact we have on others without taking personal credit when praise comes our way.
2012-10-04 No Credit, No Blame. 56:40
  James Baraz
"In this world no one escapes from blame," said the Buddha. How can we deal with blame from others skillfully without getting crushed by criticism or react to it in a way that causes more suffering for ourselves and other? The key to not being lost in Praise or Blame is non-identification, not taking ownership of your experience. This includes not identifying with your body or mind. We can appreciate the gifts we've been given as well as our shortcomings without taking them personally. This is the natural by-product of understanding anatta, the selfless nature of existence.
2012-10-11 Emotional Chaos to Clarity 64:40
  Phillip Moffitt
2012-10-18 A Simple Twist of Fate 50:46
  James Baraz
Our lives are filled with turning points that can steer us in different directions. To have found the Dharma and be facing in the direction of greater consciousness is extraordinarily good karma that can powerfully fuel and inspire our practice with sincerity and gratitude.
2012-10-25 Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond 56:21
  Nancy Bardacke
Seeing the birthing process through the lens of dharma practice by one of the leading voices of consciousness and birthing.
2012-11-08 Empathy: The Key that Unlocks the Heart 49:19
  James Baraz
The ability to put oneself in someone else's shoes is the doorway to compassion. Once there is compassion then forgiveness, connection and genuine metta naturally follow. This talk includes a teaching from Thai master, Ajahn Maha Boowa, on the power of empathy.
2012-11-15 Cast Aside the Costume 49:44
  James Baraz
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