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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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2018-04-12 "Remembering What We Know" 53:46
Often our meditation practice helps us understand or see for the first time something that’s never been clear before. That experience of insight where exclaim to ourselves “Aha!” It can have a profound impact that genuinely shifts our perspective. However, even after this powerful glimpse of seeing with new eyes, the old habits and thought patterns still have their influence and we can forget what we know to be true. This is particularly frustrating and can lead to great doubt. How can we both honor our familiar old friend, confusion, and remember to access the wisdom in our new understanding?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2018-03-29 Dalits Buddhist in India (formerly Untouchable Caste) 54:51
Joining James to discuss his work is Gautham Prabu, co-founder of FSHM an NGO for social transformation whose work has primarily supported Dalits (formerly India's "Untouchable" caste) many of whom have become become Buddhist practitioners and the Tamil Buddhist Society based in Tamil Nadu, India. He is a member of International Network of En
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2018-03-22 "Personal and Collective Karma" 57:59
Karma, the unfolding situation of our individual lives, is often understood to be dependent on our actions. These are, in turn, based on the intention of our underlying mind state. But what about societal conditions—including prejudice and inequality—that affect people’s lives? Is there collective karma? If so, can we affect it?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2018-03-08 "The Buddha’s Words on How to Skillfully Give Feedback." 67:31
Do you ever find yourself needing to communicate something that will be hard for someone else to receive?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2018-03-02 "Getting Perspective On Our Perspective" 59:20
The Buddha taught, "We are what we think with our thoughts we make the world." It important to understand how our thoughts create our reality. And it's also vital to realize that our reality is just the way we're seeing the world at a particular moment in time. Others may have different realities. And in time our own perspective might change. Seeing this is a key to genuine freedom and support for choosing wisely the thoughts we want to empower.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2018-02-23 Seeing Our Practice in a Wider Context (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:22
We’re not practicing for ourselves alone. The world needs more consciousness and our practice allows us to become an agent of consciousness that in a very profound way affects everyone around us and the planet itself.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Insight Meditation 1-Month Retreat
2018-02-22 “Facing the Unacceptable Without Burning Out” (James was on retreat this day but invited guest speaker Suzie Brown for the talk. 56:25
"How the Dharma urges us to take wise action to try to change the wrongs that we see in our world." ------------ Suzie Brown has recently moved with her family from Melbourne, Australia. She is 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, running her own consulting business for the last 8 years.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2018-02-19 Day 23: Sitting Meditation with Brahma Vihara Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 37:36
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Insight Meditation 1-Month Retreat
2018-02-15 Day 19: Sitting Meditation with Brahma Vihara Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 38:22
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Insight Meditation 1-Month Retreat
2018-02-11 Day 15: Sitting with Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 44:10
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Insight Meditation 1-Month Retreat

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