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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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2009-03-12 Relaxed Awareness 59:40
This is a three part series of talks on James’ basic meditation instructions: “Receive the moment with a relaxed, interested and kind awareness.” Note: The first talk of this series was not recorded. Therefore this is a talk on the same topic that James gave during the month-long retreat at Spirit Rock on 2/10/2009.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2009-03-05 Opening to the Heart's Tender Spot 48:30
Some thoughts upon returning from the February retreat at Spirit Rock.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2009-02-20 Faith In The Dharma 60:39
Faith is one of the Five Spiritual faculties. This talk explores the elements of faith, sources of our faith and the ingredients we bring to deepen our trust and faith in the Dharma.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation February
2009-02-16 Practice As A Path Of Happiness 64:28
One aspect of Wise Effort is maintaining and increasing wholesome states that have arisen. This is supported by being present for the wholesome state without clinging. How to integrate wholesome states such as sincere intention, gratitude, being compassionate with suffering, and others into our practice is explored.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation February
2009-02-10 A Meditative Instruction: Relaxed, Interested, Kind Awareness 59:40
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation February
2009-02-04 The Grace Of Suffering 60:00
Suffering is often what brings people to the Dharma as well as opening us up to resources inside we didn't know were there. Looking at hindrances and difficulties in this way allows us to relate to them wisely and realize the gifts that they bring and the ways they help us grow.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation February
2009-01-29 "Letting In The Love" 57:36
On transmitting and receiving love.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2009-01-22 Barack Obama's Inauguration In The Context Of Dharma Practice 50:01
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2009-01-12 Learning To Open To Experience 62:07
A central attitude of dharma practice is learning to open to experience instead of the typical contraction of grasping at pleasant or aversion towards unpleasant. Qualitites of opening include forgiveness, patience, sense of humor, presence and loving kindness are explored.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2009-01-08 Emotional Awareness 53:28
An introduction to next week's (1-15-08) guest Paul Ekman, psychologist, leading expert on human emotions and facial expressions and co-author with the Dalai Lama on the recent book Emotional Awareness
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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