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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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2016-10-06 "Finding Freedom Through Grief" --- The talk begins with this video about her trip to Nepal to build a school in honor of her daughter. 48:53
How can we process deep pain and turn it into deepening compassion and understanding? Kaye Cleave shares her moving story with James and the community about losing her 18-year old daughter and finding a way to transform her grief into meaningful beneficial action. To view the video: Catherine's Gift, go to Youtube.com at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HILTuvNRXrg
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-09-29 "The Four Faults of Natural Awareness" 57:04
James Baraz and son Adam Baraz discuss "The Four Faults of Natural Awareness", a Tibetan teaching (e.g.#1: "So close you can’t see it.") Adam presents the teaching and he and James discuss it with each other and community members.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-09-22 "The Issue of Othering" 58:04
Dedicated to the memory of Bob Kaneko, a dharma friend who recently passed away. As a child Bob spent years 4-8 in a Japanese Internment camp in California,1942-1946. This talk explores how easily we humans can unfairly treat and oppress those different from us. We see this daily in the media with hateful rhetoric stirring fears in many. How can we use practice to skillfully respond?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-09-15 Awakening Joy for Kids: Bringing the Dharma to the Next Generation 59:49
James talks about the new book he co-authored with classroom teacher, Michele Lilyanna, and the importance of planting seeds of wisdom and compassion in the hearts of future generations.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-09-08 "All It Takes Is a Moment" 48:23
Even when we see how the mind and heart are contracted and caught, we might still be stuck. Seeing clearly how we're identified with the "story" doesn't necessarily reduce the suffering. It's a good and important start. The real shift occurs when, at some point, the heart releases and truly opens to access genuine metta.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-09-04 Practice as a Path of Happiness 64:27
The Buddha was called "The Happy One." Though he taught about suffering, the purpose was to experience true happiness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight meditation Retreat
2016-09-03 Metta Practice - Self and Dear Friend 29:59
Guided metta practice with introductory remarks.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight meditation Retreat
2016-09-01 Mindfulness with Attitude 59:21
Understanding just what mindfulness is and how it works, as well as the attitudes that support its cultivation by learning to open to experience.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight meditation Retreat
2016-08-25 "A Box Full of Darkness" 55:48
Mary Oliver wrote: "Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too was a gift." When life brings us unwanted suffering it's sometimes possible to use the experience to deepen our wisdom and compassion, what has been called "grace disguised as obstacles."
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-08-18 "The Tall Poppy and the Shrinking Violet" 49:23
Strong identification with self often leads to an insecurity that can manifest in two extremes: someone hungry for recognition, validation and praise or someone who is shy, lost in self-judgment, and afraid of being exposed as an impostor. Both of these are all too human. There is a middle path where one knows ones worth and appreciates their wholesome qualities while not identifying with them. This talk explores how practice can support a wise understanding that allows us to just be ourselves and know that is enough.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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