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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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2017-10-16 Practice As A Path Of Happiness - Part 3 59:34
Exploring how living with integrity (sila) and letting go of stories, busyness and stuff - can be a source of well being and joy.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-10-13 Metta For the Difficult 48:19
Why wish happiness for those who've caused us or others suffering? How can we overcome our resistance or hurt to genuinely open our heart to them?
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-10-10 The Trajectory Of Practice 63:32
The Journey from suffering - to hearing the dharma, to inspiration, to facing fear, acceptance of ourselves, opening beyond self to deep trust, freedom, and sharing our practice.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-10-03 Practice As A Path Of Happiness - Part 2 64:11
Continuation of the last talk: using intention, mindfulness, difficulties, and gratitude as supports to greater well being in practice.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-09-26 The Dharma As A Path Of Happiness 62:26
With so much focus on suffering and the end of suffering, it's sometimes easy to forget this is a path of happiness. The Buddha was called the happy one. This talk presents the teachings held in that perspective.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-09-23 Guided Meditation on Refinement of Mindfulness on the Breath 47:01
Bring a deep investigation of subtleties of experience of breath to aid in developing concentration and interest. Looking with care and sense of wonder so the mind is both curious and relaxed.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-09-19 Working With The Judging Mind 63:13
We can easily get lost in our self-judgements, believing them to be true. This talk explains how to work with judgements and see through them to wake up to who we really are.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-09-17 Morning Instructions - Shifting the focus of attention 45:16
Using breath sensations and sounds. How to turn attention from one to another with ease and attention.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-09-15 Introduction To Metta Practice - Self and Benefactor 50:05
Basics of Metta practice, including the first two categories of Self and Benefactor.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-09-07 "Peaceful Warrior in Modern Times" 52:12
The Buddha spoke of the power of non-harming as a support for inner peace and outward harmony. But how can we both commit to being peaceful while courageously and passionately standing up for what we feel is right and make a difference in the world? This talk includes some of the Buddha's words on peace and non-harming as well as two clips of Julia Butterfly Hill speaking about "Anger v. Love" and "Fierce Compassion".
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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