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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.
2001-11-28 Non-Greed, Hatred, Delusion 61:30
Exploring the different spiritual paths that use the fundamental themes of non-greed, hatred, delusion, love, service, and remembrance.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2001-11-28 Non-Greed, Non-Hatred, Non-Delusion 60:49
Connecting the Buddhist values of non-greed, non-hatred, and non-delusion with another spiritual axiom: "Love everyone, serve everyone, and remember God."
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2001-10-27 Letting Go Of Knowing 58:37
Most of us want to know the right answer to complex situations. This post-September 11th talk explores the value of letting go of prematurely trying to figure things out, and replace it with patiently listening inside to our wisest understandings and responses when they are ready to be heard.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
In collection In Response to September 11
2001-07-18 After The Honeymoon, The Marriage: Plateaus In Practice 65:49
After our initial and excitement encountering the Dharma, reality hits us and our practice may appear to stagnate. How can we renew our inspiration and reawaken our enthusiasm for practice?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
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.

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