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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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2011-09-14 The Comparing Mind 60:01
The tendency to compare ourselves to others or against some idealized standards is the cause of much suffering. This self-judgement is based on what the Buddha called "the conceit of I am". This talk explores how to work skillfully with the judging and comparing mind.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2011-09-08 The Shorter Discourse on Ways of Undertaking Things 52:43
The Buddha says: There are 4 ways of undertaking things. There is a way undertaking things that is pleasant now and ripens in the future as pain. There is a way undertaking things that is painful now and ripens in the future as pain. There is a way undertaking things that is painful now and ripens in the furter as pleasure. There is a way undertaking things that is pleansont now and ripens in the future as pleasure.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-09-04 Awakening Joy: The Buddhist Path to Happiness 64:15
Using the Buddha's teachings on cultivating wholesome states to awaken our innate capacity for well-being.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat
2011-09-01 The Essence of Practice: Relaxed, Interested, Kind Awareness 57:28
This talk addresses what we're doing in practice, why we're doing it and the attitudes that most support the unfolding.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat
2011-08-25 The Advantages of Spiritual Friendship 37:27
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-07-22 Bringing Metta into the World 1:15:24
Closing talk with all teachers.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2011-07-19 Mudita 47:17
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2011-07-19 Metta Instructions: The Neutral Person 50:25
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2011-07-18 Whose Love is it Anyway? 57:37
Although metta practice can seem dualistic (me sending love to others) it is really an anatta practice that reveals the selfless nature of reality. The love that connects us isn't owned by anyone. This talk includes two guided meditations: 1) metta towards self and 2) seeing ourselves as part of a lineage of benefactors-the love and caring we receive from others passing through us to those we care about and support.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2011-07-14 Life Coming Together As You 51:55
The teaching of Anatta (not self) points to the fact that from the perspective of ultimate reality we are not separate entities to whom life happens. All the people in our life who’ve inspired and impacted us live through us even after they are gone. And we in turn impact the lives of many others and live through them. This talk includes a guided practice to understand anatta from this perspective—that the love we’ve received from others and pass on doesn’t belong to any of us.

James dedicated this talk to his father Arnold, who would have been 93 today; it begins with a moving reminiscence of their relationship.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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