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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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2016-12-03 Connecting Mind and Heart: Awakening Joy 1:15:13
The Dalai Lama says: "The purpose of life is to be happy." This practice leads to true happiness. It starts with the mind intending to awaken the heart and all the goodness within us.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Connecting Mind and Heart
2016-12-02 Forgiveness Practice 0:00
(Recording not available) 
Forgiveness towards self (body, mind, heart). Asking and extending forgiveness with another.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Connecting Mind and Heart
2016-12-01 Love, Serve, Remember = Non-Greed, Non-Hatred, Non-Delusion 65:13
The three sources of true happiness are the same no matter what the spiritual tradition.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Connecting Mind and Heart
2016-11-29 Making Friends with Ourselves: Working with Judging Mind 67:58
Judging ourselves or comparing ourselves with others is a central issue for many. How we get caught and how to skillfully work with these habits is the topic of the talk.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Connecting Mind and Heart
2016-11-29 Metta Instructions - General Overview: Self and Benefactor 44:51
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Connecting Mind and Heart
2016-11-17 "Equanimity: Finding Balance In Difficult Times" 61:48
In times of uncertainty and emotionally charged situations the teachings show us the power of equanimity–a balance of mind and heart. This is very different from a resigned quietism. Equanimity involves the courage to feel all our intense emotions and act from a balanced, committed heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-11-03 "The Big Shift: Learning to Open to Experience" 65:49
Our typical response to very negative or positive experiences is to contract in relation to them--either with aversion or attachment. The practice helps us cultivate a radical and much more skillful and profound relationship to them--having the courage and compassion to meet and learn from the negative as well as the wisdom to enjoy the positive while realizing its impermanence. This talk explores different qualities of heart and mind that help us do just that.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-10-20 "Schadenfreude: Working with Your less than Noble Thoughts" 57:21
People in powerful positions can cause suffering and harm to others by spreading hate. It's natural and healthy to want to see them defeated. But what about when we actually enjoy seeing their misfortune and demise? How can we use a dharma lens to understand and hold those feelings?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-10-06 "Finding Freedom Through Grief" --- The talk begins with this video about her trip to Nepal to build a school in honor of her daughter. 48:53
How can we process deep pain and turn it into deepening compassion and understanding? Kaye Cleave shares her moving story with James and the community about losing her 18-year old daughter and finding a way to transform her grief into meaningful beneficial action. To view the video: Catherine's Gift, go to Youtube.com at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HILTuvNRXrg
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-09-29 "The Four Faults of Natural Awareness" 57:04
James Baraz and son Adam Baraz discuss "The Four Faults of Natural Awareness", a Tibetan teaching (e.g.#1: "So close you can’t see it.") Adam presents the teaching and he and James discuss it with each other and community members.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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