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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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2014-04-03 Continuing the Sutta Series with The Angulimala Sutta 53:01
One of the most inspiring teachings on the potential for each of us to change. Angulimala, a violent killer, encounters the Buddha, wakes up from his confusion and becomes a holy man. No matter how deep our unskillful habits are, we can take comfort and inspiration in the capacity of the heart to awaken and face in the right direction.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2014-03-27 "The Removal of Distracting Thoughts" (MN #20). 55:41
In this discourse the Buddha gives five different strategies for working with troublesome thoughts and mind-states. A very practical teaching on working with the mind when it gets caught and mindfulness is not strong enough.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2014-03-20 Sutta Series: The Simile of the Saw (Majjhima Nikaya #21) 58:41
This is a discourse on practicing patience and a kind heart regardless of the circumstances.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2014-03-13 Sutta Series: The Vacchagotta Suttas (MN(#71, #72, #73) 59:44
We continue the Sutta series exploring the Vacchagotta suttas from the Majjhima Nikaya. Vacchagotta asks many questions of the Buddha. In a series of conversations, the Buddha expounds to Vacchagotta on such topics as whether or not he's omniscient, on various speculative views about what happens after death and if nuns and householders can be enlightened.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2014-03-06 Sutta Study Series: The Buddha's Advice for Overcoming Sloth and Torpor 51:19
Do you ever get sleepy while meditating? In this discourse, the Capala Sutta from the Angutarra Nikaya, the Buddha catches one of his main disciples, Ven. Maha Moggallana nodding off. He then offers him seven strategies for overcoming "sloth and torpor". Identifying with the drowsiness can actually be a doorway to the wisdom of anatta or the selfless nature of reality.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2014-02-28 Your Practice Makes a Difference! 61:03
In this last talk of the month long retreat, the Buddha's five supports for our practice (from the Maghiya Sutta) are presented as well as the ways our practice can benefit not only ourselves, but everyone we know and our planet.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Month Long Retreat - 2014
2014-02-23 What Thought Am I Believing Right Now? 63:10
When we believe thoughts coming from a contracted mind we are in dukkha. When we see them clearly as empty and not self, there's wisdom. This talk also explores the 4 Iddhipadas-different temperaments and sources of motivation in practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Month Long Retreat - 2014
2014-02-17 Contentment 57:29
The Buddha called contentment "our greatest wealth." It's the antidote to the wanting mind and the route that leads us from attachment to freedom.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Month Long Retreat - 2014
2014-02-16 Morning Instructions: Day 15 2:59
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Month Long Retreat - 2014
2014-02-15 Trust 60:29
Trust in the Dharma, in the unfolding process of practice and our inner wisdom when we learn to listen with skill.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Month Long Retreat - 2014

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