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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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2017-05-25 "Appreciating our Benefactors" 47:38
It’s important to recognize and appreciate all the support we receive in our spiritual practice as well as in our lives. If practice sometimes seems like a solitary experience we’re not realizing all the ways that life has been supporting us. This can be an on-going rich source of inspiration in our spiritual development and growth. We’ll explore various practices and reflections to make this come alive.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2017-05-18 "Courage: An Essential Quality of Practice" 52:25
The Buddha spoke of waking up as going "against the stream" in order to see things with fresh eyes. One essential ingredient of the spiritual journey is courage required to grow and be willing to step outside of our comfort zones. Being a spiritual warrior means facing our deepest fears, dealing with loss, opening to the places inside we'd rather not see and trusting that your awareness can meet any moment that arises. We explore this topic in our dharma practice as it manifests on and off the cushion.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2017-05-04 "Emptiness is Everything" 65:46
James introduces Guy Armstrong's dharma talk at IMCB.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2017-04-27 "Relaxing Into Being, the Unfolding Journey of Somatic Meditation" by Adam Baraz. 63:29
Adam Baraz, the son of James Baraz, was the speaker at the IMCB Sangha this night.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2017-04-20 Celebrating Earth Day: Calling All Eco-Sattvas 54:39
As Earth Day approaches we reflect on the preciousness and generosity of our wonderful planet, the current situation of climate change and how our Dharma practice can help us transform despair into meaningful and inspiring action.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2017-03-30 "The Problem With Being a Good Meditator" 53:57
At times our meditation practice is a powerful delicious experience. The factors of awakening like concentration, calm, joy or equanimity may be strong. As wonderful as that is, the mind can easily grasp as if that were the real goal of practice. But when we're attached or take ownership of those states they become a trap--sometimes referred to as the stink of enlightenment--and we miss the true freedom that practice can reveal.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2017-03-23 "7 Days in Darkness" Adam Baraz, James' son, shares his powerful experience of his recent Darkness Retreat in Guatemala. 59:41
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2017-03-16 With our guest Bhikkhu Bodhi: "Conscientious Compassion: An Engaged Dharmic Response to Forces of Greed and Hatred." 60:14
Bhikkhu Bodhi, premier translator of the Pali Canon and social activist (founder of Buddhist Global Relief) joins James and Kate Munding. They and the community discuss how to respond wisely and Dharmically when those in power create policies that increase fear and suffering.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2017-03-09 "This Fleeting World" 62:59
In the Diamond Sutra, we are encouraged to see our lives in the context of impermanence this way: "Thus shall you think of this fleeting world: a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream; A flash of lightning in a summer cloud; A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream." This talk explores practicing when someone we know dies unexpectedly as happened to James this week.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2017-03-02 "Connecting With the Enemy" 56:32
With James Baraz and Sheila Katz, Ph.D.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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