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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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2016-02-11 Dharma Practice as a Path of Happiness 68:27
The Buddha encouraged cultivating, maintaining and increasing wholesome states in his teaching on Wise Effort. He also said to notice the gladness connected with these states. This helps create the conditions for the highest happiness to be experienced.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Month-long
2016-02-08 Day 9 Brahma Viharas: Dear Friend 49:23
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Month-long
2016-02-07 Day 8 Morning Instructional Sit: Vedana 45:31
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Month-long
2016-02-06 Making Friends with the Judging Mind 59:10
Most of us have a strong habit of not measuring up to our idealized standards of who we would like to be. Understanding this habit with compassion and learning to skillfully work with it as practice can become a potent doorway to awakening.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Month-long
2016-02-03 Day 4 Brahma Vihara Instructions: Metta for Self and Benefactor 57:48
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Month-long
2016-01-26 Turning Suffering Into Happiness 61:57
In every moment we have a choice of planting seeds of suffering or happiness. We can understand how to meet it skillfully.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center IMS Staff Retreat 2016
2016-01-19 Being Your Own Authority 63:08
We can appreciate good guidance but ultimately we need to learn how to listen to the Buddha or Quan Yin right inside. Includes the Buddha's five strategies for dealing with distracting thoughts.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: The Foundations of Mindfulness-Based Modalities and Research
2016-01-12 Awakening Joy in Practice as a Path of Happioness 1:12:16
Holding practice as more than just working with suffering but as a cultivation of wholsesome states that open the heart and create the conditions for the highest happiness.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Joy on the Path: Insight Meditation Retreat
2016-01-07 "Turning Ghosts into Ancestors" Guest tonight: Joe Bobrow. 66:09
"James guest tonight is Joseph Bobrow, a respected colleague and Zen teacher, who's work with veterans has been a major contribution in helping them heal from the trauma of war. Joe very movingly talks about his work and his book: Waking Up from War - A Better Way Home for Veterans and Nations.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-01-05 No Comparisons - Working with The Judging Mind 62:29
How we get caught in comparing and judging and skillful ways to work with this practice challenge.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge January 2016 at IMS - Forest Refuge

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