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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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2016-02-23 Day 23 Brahma Vihara Practice: Equanimity: Benefactor and Dear Friend 49:42
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2016-02-21 Trust 60:07
With so many strategies and messages about how to practice, how do we know the "right" way to practice? The Buddha said ultimately you should "be a lamp onto yourself." This comes down to trusting the wisdom inside. How can we discern the wisdom voice from the voices rooted in fear and confusion?
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2016-02-18 Day 19: Morning Instructional Sit: Breath Concentration 18:43
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2016-02-17 Planting Seeds of Happiness: Non-Greed, Non-Hatred and Non-Delusion 60:14
Every moment we are planting seeds of suffering or seeds of happiness. Through mindfulness, we are cultivating letting go and generosity (non-greed), kindness and love (non-hatred) and clarity and wisdom (non-delusion)
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2016-02-16 Day 17 Brahma Vihara Instructions: Compassion: Neutral and difficult person 47:23
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2016-02-12 Day 13 Morning Instructions: Cultivating the Wholesome 12:46
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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.
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2016-02-08 Day 9 Brahma Viharas: Dear Friend 49:23
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2016-02-07 Day 8 Morning Instructional Sit: Vedana 45:31
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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.
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