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Retreat Dharma Talks

IMCB Regular Talks

Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

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2010-11-04 Ascending and Descending Movements of Dharma Practice + Buddhist Global Relief 1:11:40
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Bhikkhu Bodhi discusses the Five Spiritual Faculties, the ascending factors that lead toward enlightment and the Four Brahma Viharas, the descending factors that lead toward engagement in the world.

Following the dharma talk, Kim Behan, Executive Director of Buddhist Global Relief, gives a presentation on the founding, goals, and projects of the organization. Buddhist Global Relief is a Buddhist organization dedicated to providing relief from poverty and hunger among impoverished communities worldwide. Read Bhikkhu Bodhi's provocative essay that led to the founding of BGR: “A Challenge to Buddhists”

2010-12-02 A New Story: Was the World Made for Man? 56:35
Wes Nisker
An insightful and humorous exploration of the place of humans in the universe. Includes a reading of Mark Twain's essay "Was the World Made for Man." The evening ends with a discussion with sangha members.
2010-12-16 Gifts of Darkness and Letting Go 55:12
Betsy Rose
2010-12-23 Generosity for Ourselves. 53:07
Kevin Griffin
Generosity for Ourselves.
2010-12-30 An Evening with Kate 61:50
Kate Munding
2011-01-06 What really matters 54:52
James Baraz
2011-01-13 Enlightenment Part 1. 54:22
James Baraz
The classic Theravadin meditative path to freedom, including progress of insight and stages of enlightenment.
2011-01-20 Enlightenment Part 2. 54:15
James Baraz
Enlightenment: It's already here...and right now.
2011-01-27 Enlightenment Part 3 54:43
James Baraz
A presentation of non-Buddhist perspectives on enlightenment through stories and quotes of Advaita (non-dualistic) teachers such as Ramana Maharshi, Poonjaji, Eckhart Tolle, and Adyahshanti. The talk ends with a brief guided meditation.
2011-02-03 Enlightenment Part 4 52:07
James Baraz
James continues his series on Enlightenment by exploring the Path of Devotion or Bhakti path as a vehicle for awakening.
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