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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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2016-05-26 "Who Are You Anyway - Attachment to Identity" 55:34
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-05-21 Heart Practices for Awakening Joy 63:12
Opening our hearts to ourselves to others with loving-kindness and compassion are central to awakening the joy that's right inside us.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy Retreat
2016-05-20 Opening to Suffering, Integrity and Forgiveness 1:11:48
In order to cultivate true well-being we need to learn to open to all the suffering in our lives. Living with integrity and learning how to forgive ourselves and others are essential supports in this process as well.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy Retreat
2016-05-20 Day 3 Sitting/Instructions 61:39
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy Retreat
2016-05-18 Intention and Mindfulness as Supports for Joy 55:23
The process of awakening joy starts with the intention to place well-being at the center of your life. Mindfulness is then utilized as the basic tool of a joyful life.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy Retreat
2016-05-12 James with a special visitor: Buddhist Nun Ayya Yeshe. She has developed the Bodhicitta Foundation to support the empowerment of women and children from the previously ‘untouchable’ caste in Central India. The talk started with this YouTube video at ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCOpZ3kpIJU ) of her work. To learn more about her work, go to the Bodhicitta Foundation at ( http://bodhicitta-vihara.com/ ) 39:53
Bodhicitta Foundation is a socially engaged charity that helps ex-untouchable Indians – a community that was previously enslaved and forced to do the most demeaning kinds of work for little pay. They also help slum people, offer a women’s job training center, sewing, English computer classes and have a children’s study center. In addition they offer counseling for domestic violence, have a malnourished children’s program and offer basic medical and housing assistance.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-04-28 The Story of Devadatta: Lust for Power in the Buddha's Time 52:51
Devadatta, the Buddha's cousin and brother-in-law, joined the Order in the early years with good intentions. Over time his jealousy and obsession with power turned him into the Buddha's main enemy. This dramatic story, reading like a Hollywood screenplay, gives us lessons in just what hunger for power can drive someone to do and the Buddha's wise responses to the various threats he faced.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-04-24 Equanimity: Finding Balance in Our Practice 2:55:56
This daylong includes general talks on the theme of cultivating equanimity into your dharma practice. In addition to the talks and discussion, I offer the following practices with instructions that can be used to incline the mind toward equanimity (edited to remove lengthy periods of silence during the guided meditations): Practice #1 - Seeing things as they are Practice #2 - Looking through the lens of impermanence Practice #3 - Looking through the lens of vedana (feeling tone; 2nd foundation of mindfulness) Practice #4 - Equanimity with Big Mind meditation Practice #5 - Equanimty using traditional Brahma Viharas phrases
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-04-21 Sacred Activism Part 5: The Seven Laws of Sacred Practice 61:56
Andrew Harvey's seven mystical laws that both define what sacred activism is and shape its mysterious power and success in the world.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-04-14 Sacred Activism Part 4: Holding a Vision 54:31
Besides learning how to work with various emotions and reactions that come up in response to various events, it's important to hold an inspiring vision of possibilities so that we are motivated to work toward that desired outcome. Dharma concepts such as Clear Comprehension of Purpose can be applied to help us create an inspiring vision. Joanna Macy's Active Hope and Andrew Harvey's outline of current positive developments that give one hope are included.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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