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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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2011-05-19 Embodying Passion Through Expression 53:52
There is a certain aliveness that comes when we speak honestly in a vulnerable, yet clear communication. It aligns us with our truth and we become authentic and wisely powerful. But it's often not easy to do that. I've based this talk on my son Adam's final thesis from Naropa University where he recently graduated with a B.A. in somatic and contemplative psychology. I was quite impressed and moved by it. It made me think. I wanted to share it as we explore Wise Speech together.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-04-28 7. Equanimity (upekkha) 54:04
Seventh and final talk in an 8-week series on the 7 Factors of Awakening that began with an overview on March 10, 2011.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-04-21 6. Concentration (samadhi) 51:57
Sixth talk in an 8-week series on the 7 Factors of Awakening that began with an overview on March 10, 2011.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-04-18 Bringing Practice Into Daily Life 0:10
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-04-14 5. Calm/tranquility (passaddhi) 51:28
Fifth talk in an 8-week series on the 7 Factors of Awakening that began with an overview on March 10, 2011.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-04-07 4. Joy/rapture (piti) 50:22
Fifth talk in an 8-week series on the 7 Factors of Awakening that began with an overview on March 10, 2011.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-03-31 3. Energy/effort (viriya) 55:33
Fourth talk in an 8-week series on the 7 Factors of Awakening that began with an overview on March 10, 2011.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-03-24 2. Interest/investigation (dhamma vicaya) 56:36
Third talk in an 8-week series on the 7 Factors of Awakening that began with an overview on March 10, 2011.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-03-17 1. Mindfulness (sati) 51:03
Second talk in an 8-week series on the 7 Factors of Awakening that began with an overview March 10. James highly recommended the booklet The Power of Mindfulness by Nyanaponika Thera as a precise and concise guide for "tidying the mental household."

The talk ends with a homework assignment for the week.

Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-03-10 Overview of the 7 Factors of Awakening 52:01
The 7 Factors of Awakening are the Buddha’s list of qualities that need to be developed in order to fully awaken. This eight-week series begins with an overview of all 7 Factors followed by a discussion of each individually in greater depth over the coming weeks. Besides exploring them theoretically, James encourages us to take them on as practices as we go through the weeks seeing how we can consciously cultivate them and bring them into our daily lives. The seven factors are:
  1. Mindfulness
  2. Interest/investigation
  3. Energy/effort
  4. Joy/rapture
  5. Calm/tranquility
  6. Concentration
  7. Equanimity
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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