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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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2008-11-20 Anapanasti 55:30
Mindfulness of breathing
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2008-11-13 Making A Difference Together: Deepening Sangha Bonds 55:34
A discussion with community member Janet Keyes about a proposal to create a community support network with the intention of helping the IMCB sangha grow in caring and connection. The evening includes an invitation to attend an introductory meeting to help identify priorities and move forward in creating a more caring community. The talk also includes James reading a moving letter from Barack Obama to a 4-year old girl.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2008-11-06 Change 54:34
James Baraz talks about the stunning changes that have already taken place with the election of Barack Obama.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2008-10-23 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life #9: Dedication Of Merit 55:46
This week I will complete the Shantideva series with his final chapter on the power of dedicating your actions as an act of generosity. We often end the sittings or a period of practice by sharing any merit for the benefit of all beings. This practice can be used in very simple but potent ways as a method for brining a heartfelt sincerity to your practice for the benefit of specific individuals. For instance if you’re trying to change a habit, offering the merit of that wholesome change to someone who is having a hard time in their life. This practice of dedicating merit both connects you with others and motivates you beyond mere self-improvement. We’ll be exploring just how this can work in our daily life to give energy and enthusiasm to our practice.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2008-10-13 Samsara -The Wheel Of Birth And Death 55:55
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2008-09-18 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life #7: Enthusiasm, Zeal Or Heroic Perseverance 52:18
This week we will continue with our series on Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. The next chapter is on Enthusiasm, Zeal or Heroic Perseverance. What keeps us inspired to practice? How can we counter-act the three causes for laziness? What are the three inspiring causes for happiness? What’s the difference between negative and positive pride? What are the four powers that can fuel our practice?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
2008-09-11 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life #6: Working With Anger 53:31
This talk is continuing our series with Chapter 6 of Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. The theme is “Working with Anger” specifically cultivating Patience.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2008-09-04 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life #5: Not Causing Harm, Gathering Virtue, And Benefiting Others 47:10
The talk is about the next chapter 5 of Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life. This chapter is about the three disciplines: not causing harm, gathering virtue, and benefiting others. The title is translated has been translated as Vigilant Introspection or Guarding Alertness.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2008-08-28 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life - part 4: Using Our Intelligence 53:55
The chapter we'll be exploring is Awareness, what Pema Chodron calls Using Our Intelligence. It has also been translated as Carefulness. The theme is how we can use wise attention to prevent us from getting caught in afflictive emotions (kilesas or kleshas). Even when we know better we may still find ourselves going down a road of action we will later regret. This chapter is how as bodhisattvas we deepen our commitment to refrain from unskillful action.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2008-08-14 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life - part 3: What Are We Committing To? 47:03
Part 3 of Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. Commitment. Just what are we committing to when we decide to become bodhisattvas. One stanza from this chapter is as follows: “For all those ailing in the world, Until every sickness has been healed, May I myself become for them The doctor nurse, the medicine itself.”
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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