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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.
2001-05-26 Cultivating The Wholesome: The Brahma Viharas 64:30
Right Effort includes developing and increasing wholesome states by recognizing them or inclining the mind to their development. The four states of loving-kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity can be consciously developed through practice. (Includes experiential exercises.)
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2001-03-29 Refinement Of Mind - part 2 60:12
The Buddha explained how concentration, energy and equanimity work together to help purify a practitioner's mind over time. How can we wisely develop and bring to balance these qualities essential to waking up?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
2001-03-22 Refinement Of Mind - part 1 63:49
The Buddha's discourse on refinement of mind from the Anguttara Nikaya describes the process a practitioner experiences in moving from grosser types of attachment to more subtle and refined ones. This talk focuses on how the practice affects our thoughts, words and actions as we continue our journey of awakening.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
2001-03-08 The Retreat Experience: Why Intensive Practice? 58:45
Why do people go on intensive silent retreats? What is the process one goes through and how does it change us? This talk explores understanding how the retreat experience works?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
2001-02-24 Spiritual Passion: The Iddhipadas (Bases Of Power) 59:52
Passion is often considered to be an unspiritual quality, but if used wisely, actually is the basis of spiritual power. What are the four sources of passion that motivate our spiritual practice?
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2001-02-20 The Comparing Mind 57:19
Exploring how to work skillfully with the comparing and judging of ourselves and others.
2001-01-01 Learning To Love Yourself: A Bodhisattva Act 47:09
An essential part of liberation is including ourselves in the love we aspire to cultivate for all beings. This becomes a gift we can model for others. Why is this such a difficult task? How can we develop authentic self-love?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
2000-03-23 Losing It: How Being Humbled Can Lead To True Humility 57:19
The experience of seeing the confusion in our minds as well as its unskillful expression in words and actions can be very humbling. How can we use our mistakes to deepen our practice and turn them into a noble humility that deepens our understanding and enriches our spiritual life?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
2000-02-26 Questions And Answers 61:46
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2000-02-25 A Path With Heart 56:25
Cultivating a heart-felt motivation toward practice, and the different ways we can express this essential connection.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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