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James Baraz's Dharma Talks
James Baraz
I try to convey that the wisdom and compassion we are looking for is already inside of us. I see practice as learning how to purify our mind and heart so we can hear the Buddha inside. In doing so, we naturally embody the dharma and help awaken that understanding and love in others we meet.
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2018-08-16 The Conflict Campaign: A Paradoxical Thinking Experiment in Israel. 48:37
James returns from his recent teaching In Europe and Israel. Besides his trip to the West Bank for a glimpse of Palestinian life, he shares a fascinating project: Israelis’ actually changed their attitude about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a marketing experiment called “The Conflict Campaign” based on paradoxical thinking principles.
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Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2018-06-28 “Letting Go, Cessation and the Third Noble Truth” (James was on retreat this day so he invited guest speaker Suzie Brown for the talk.) 59:28
Suzie Brown is from Melbourne, Australia. She’s co-founder of the Melbourne Insight Meditation Group and has taught Mindfulness to medical students at Monash University. Suzie has also been a facilitator, trainer and educator for over a decade in the areas of environmental sustainability and organizational strategy.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2018-06-14 Loving Goodness 53:37
After seeing the movie "Won't You Be My Neighbor" about Mr. (Fred) Rogers, James offers reflections about how deeply we can be touched and inspired by the good we see in others. That capacity to be touched by and love goodness is, in some sense, the heart of spiritual practice. Something in us loves the truth and is drawn to goodness around us. And it makes us yearn to activate the good inside.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2018-06-07 "The Teachings of Ajahn Chah" 54:45
This month marks the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Ajahn Chah, one of the most influential Theravadan masters of the 20th Century from the Thai Forest tradition. Ajahn Chah was the primary teacher of Jack Kornfield, Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Amaro and other influential teachers. Ajahn Chah's teaching is a major influence on the Dharma as presented at Spirit Rock. This talk offers some reflections his approach to practice at once deep, fierce, down to earth, humorous and wise.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2018-06-02 Transforming Suffering into Happiness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 62:24
When you understand the law of karma you realize that each moment we are sowing the seeds for more suffering or more happiness depending on your response to experience. This talk explains how that works and how to choose wisely for a life of true happiness and inner peace.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Connecting Heart & Mind
2018-06-01 Day 3: Morning Instructional Sit (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 40:18
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Connecting Heart & Mind
2018-05-31 Working with the Judging Mind (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 66:14
Believing our judging thoughts is not only suffering it is a misunderstanding of reality. This talk explores how the mind gets caught in judgments and how to skillfully work with them.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Connecting Heart & Mind
2018-05-30 Day 1: Morning Instructional Sit (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 40:16
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Connecting Heart & Mind
2018-05-26 Compassion - Full Expression of a Joyful Heart (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:21
When we feel connected and alive our natural response to suffering is a caring heart. Different dimensions of compassion are explored.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy
2018-05-26 Day 5 Talk/Experiential Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 48:35
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy

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