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Retreat Dharma Talks

IMCB Regular Talks

Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

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2019-09-12 A Lineage of Goodness: Ode to Benefactors 54:53
James Baraz
A talk about how our benefactors impact us, wisdom and love they pass on from their benefactors and how we transmit those beautiful qualities to others who pas it on as well. No one "owns" those qualities. Rather we are part of a lineage of goodness.
2019-09-19 No Time to Play Small: Acting with Courage, Wisdom and Love 62:07
James Baraz
Greta Thunberg’s fearless willingness to speak the truth has inspired millions of youth to follow her lead resulting in the hugely successful September 20th Worldwide Climate Strike. Thunberg calls being on the autism spectrum her “superpower” because she doesn’t care what others think of her and only cares about telling the truth. Can we be like her, let go of our self-consciousness, not hold back and speak and act with honesty and courage?
2019-10-03 Holding Grief Through Connection 56:18
James Baraz
Whether the climate crisis, some other social issue or personal loss, sharing our pain by connecting with another helps us hold and process our grief. By opening the heart we can transform our feeling of isolation into one of shared humanity. This talk ends with a guided experiential dyad exercise adapting Joanna Macy’s "Learning to See Each Other" meditation from Coming Back to Life.
2019-10-10 From Suffering to Peace 54:05
Mark Coleman
The True Promise of Mindfulness
2019-10-24 The Story of Angulimala: Forgiveness and Redemption 57:25
Kevin Griffin
2019-11-07 Mindfulness of the Body 54:32
Kate Munding
mindfulness of the body and how it helps us understand and navigate change
2019-11-21 Attitudes of the Mind 41:25
Kate Munding
In past weeks I've been pulling inspiration from the Satipatthana Sutta, the foundational teachings on mindfulness. I've been linking them to some of it's underpinning truths of change, impermanence, suffering, and freedom from it. I'd like to continue on this thread for tomorrow's talk and bring in the third foundation, the foundation of the mind.. We'll explore how, when we aren't lost in it, the mind is a fascinating subject for our attention. When we understand our mind more fully, we can more fully understand who we are. We'll use this theme to understand better the truth of self and not-self.
2019-12-05 Just Another Ego Trip 46:16
James Baraz
Sometimes our shyness or concern about what others think keeps us from expressing our gifts and making as meaningful a contribution as we can. In seeing through the constructed sense of self—the understanding of Anatta—those thoughts lose their power and don’t get in the way of expressing our true nature.
2019-12-12 Letting Go Of Busyness 54:01
Kate Munding
An appropriate topic for this time of year. Many subthemes fall under this theme, such as how to be mindful of abundance and scarcity, feeling connected with others, and the nourishment of renunciation.
2019-12-19 Freedom of an "Open Heart" 61:33
Kate Munding
This talk explores some questions of an "open heart." Can we bring both into our awareness the question, "is it possible to open further?" Where it is a stretch to feel compassionate and unguarded, is forgiveness needed, is self-care and healing needed? Do we always recognize the easy-open freedom of a heart that is fully available and unhindered? Do we take those states and the people connected to those states for granted?
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