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IMCB Regular Talks

Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

  
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2008-08-28 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life - part 4: Using Our Intelligence 53:55
  James Baraz
The chapter we'll be exploring is Awareness, what Pema Chodron calls Using Our Intelligence. It has also been translated as Carefulness. The theme is how we can use wise attention to prevent us from getting caught in afflictive emotions (kilesas or kleshas). Even when we know better we may still find ourselves going down a road of action we will later regret. This chapter is how as bodhisattvas we deepen our commitment to refrain from unskillful action.
2008-09-04 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life #5: Not Causing Harm, Gathering Virtue, And Benefiting Others 47:10
  James Baraz
The talk is about the next chapter 5 of Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life. This chapter is about the three disciplines: not causing harm, gathering virtue, and benefiting others. The title is translated has been translated as Vigilant Introspection or Guarding Alertness.
2008-09-11 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life #6: Working With Anger 53:31
  James Baraz
This talk is continuing our series with Chapter 6 of Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. The theme is “Working with Anger” specifically cultivating Patience.
2008-10-13 Samsara -The Wheel Of Birth And Death 55:55
  James Baraz
2008-10-23 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life #9: Dedication Of Merit 55:46
  James Baraz
This week I will complete the Shantideva series with his final chapter on the power of dedicating your actions as an act of generosity. We often end the sittings or a period of practice by sharing any merit for the benefit of all beings. This practice can be used in very simple but potent ways as a method for brining a heartfelt sincerity to your practice for the benefit of specific individuals. For instance if you’re trying to change a habit, offering the merit of that wholesome change to someone who is having a hard time in their life. This practice of dedicating merit both connects you with others and motivates you beyond mere self-improvement. We’ll be exploring just how this can work in our daily life to give energy and enthusiasm to our practice.
2008-11-06 Change 54:34
  James Baraz
James Baraz talks about the stunning changes that have already taken place with the election of Barack Obama.
2008-11-13 Making A Difference Together: Deepening Sangha Bonds 55:34
  James Baraz
A discussion with community member Janet Keyes about a proposal to create a community support network with the intention of helping the IMCB sangha grow in caring and connection. The evening includes an invitation to attend an introductory meeting to help identify priorities and move forward in creating a more caring community. The talk also includes James reading a moving letter from Barack Obama to a 4-year old girl.
2008-11-20 Anapanasti 55:30
  James Baraz
Mindfulness of breathing
2008-12-03 Getting Unhooked 55:36
  James Baraz
Smaller footprints
2008-12-18 James' Son, Adam's, First Dharma Talk 57:34
  James Baraz
Reflections on the 3 months Adam has just spent sitting at IMS.
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