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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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2016-06-11 Magic of Awareness with James Baraz and Anam Thubten 5:08:58
The paradox of awareness is very profound and yet very simple. Sometimes it comes naturally to the surface when we are fully present in the moment and no longer lost in thoughts or mental projections. Pure consciousness is neither high nor low, neither pleasant or unpleasant, neither good nor bad.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2016-06-09 Ajahn Chandako from Austraila with James 1:16:40
Ajahn Chandako, an Amaravati monastic who is the abbot of Vimutti Buddhist Monastery in New Zealand. Ajahn, who is US born, has been a monk for 25 years and brings a deep, clear, playful attitude toward practice. Join us for a rich evening of dharma.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-06-02 “Taking the Focus Off ME“ 53:47
Most of us know the feeling of self-consciousness when faced with a new situation or meeting new people. How can we relax, just be ourselves and really enjoy the connection? We’ll explore simple practices to allow our authentic self to shine through. Join us for an evening of practice and dharma.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-05-26 "Who Are You Anyway - Attachment to Identity" 55:34
It's hard not to view ourselves through our accomplishments, possessions or attributes, even when circumstances change. How can we see through those temporary conditions to realize our true nature?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-05-21 Heart Practices for Awakening Joy 63:12
Opening our hearts to ourselves to others with loving-kindness and compassion are central to awakening the joy that's right inside us.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy Retreat
2016-05-20 Opening to Suffering, Integrity and Forgiveness 1:11:48
In order to cultivate true well-being we need to learn to open to all the suffering in our lives. Living with integrity and learning how to forgive ourselves and others are essential supports in this process as well.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy Retreat
2016-05-20 Day 3 Sitting/Instructions 61:39
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy Retreat
2016-05-18 Intention and Mindfulness as Supports for Joy 55:23
The process of awakening joy starts with the intention to place well-being at the center of your life. Mindfulness is then utilized as the basic tool of a joyful life.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy Retreat
2016-05-12 James with a special visitor: Buddhist Nun Ayya Yeshe. She has developed the Bodhicitta Foundation to support the empowerment of women and children from the previously ‘untouchable’ caste in Central India. The talk started with this YouTube video at ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCOpZ3kpIJU ) of her work. To learn more about her work, go to the Bodhicitta Foundation at ( http://bodhicitta-vihara.com/ ) 39:53
Bodhicitta Foundation is a socially engaged charity that helps ex-untouchable Indians – a community that was previously enslaved and forced to do the most demeaning kinds of work for little pay. They also help slum people, offer a women’s job training center, sewing, English computer classes and have a children’s study center. In addition they offer counseling for domestic violence, have a malnourished children’s program and offer basic medical and housing assistance.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-04-28 The Story of Devadatta: Lust for Power in the Buddha's Time 52:51
Devadatta, the Buddha's cousin and brother-in-law, joined the Order in the early years with good intentions. Over time his jealousy and obsession with power turned him into the Buddha's main enemy. This dramatic story, reading like a Hollywood screenplay, gives us lessons in just what hunger for power can drive someone to do and the Buddha's wise responses to the various threats he faced.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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