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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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2018-10-11 "Equanimity: Finding Balance In Difficult Times" 62:10
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2018-10-04 "The Third Precept: Trauma, Respect and Cultural Wake Up" 62:22
The Third Precept is: I undertake the training precept to refrain for sexual misconduct. After Christine Blasey Ford's moving testimony at the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, this talk explores this cultural moment together. The impact of sexual assault, importance of courage, especially of women, to speak the truth in the face of animosity and criticism and the power of fierce compassion are discussed.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2018-10-01 "Playground of the Mind: Exploring Bhikkhu Analayo's Brahma Vihara and Emptiness Practices" 54:29
"This is a talk given at James Baraz's Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley." James recently sat with Ven. Bhikkhu Analayo, an extraordinary Buddhist scholar and meditation teacher. He shares some of the teachings and practices that he learned on the Brahma Viharas and how they can help lead to deeper perceptions of emptiness including infinite space and infinite consciousness. The talk gives a glimpse of the value of experimenting and playing with the mind. With Ven. Analayo's permission, James' takes us on a quick journey through some rather profound terrain. So let whatever your experience or non-experience be okay. For a deeper dive into the material the listener is referred to Ven. Analayo's book: Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation: Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2018-09-29 James Baraz and Adam Baraz - Embodying Presence: Relaxing the Body into Being 5:13:27
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2018-09-13 "Changing Hearts and Minds" 50:43
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2018-09-02 Transforming Suffering Into Happiness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:22
Every moment of mindfulness we are weakening the forces of greed, hatred & delusion (roots of suffering) and strengthening the forces of non-greed (letting go & generosity), non-hatred (loving-kindness) and non-delusion (wisdom). This talk explains how that works.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat
2018-08-31 Metta 33:21
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat
2018-08-30 The Journey to Awakening (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:13
The course of practice is explored: how mindfulness works, willingness to open to our suffering, discovering our wholesome qualities & the Buddha within, dealing with forgetting who we are, then sharing our love & wisdom with the world.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat
2018-08-23 'The Dharma and Nature' 54:45
One definition of the word Dharma is Natural law. Trees hold a very special place in the Buddha’s teaching.. The Buddha was born under a tree, enlightened under a tree and died under a tree. He told his disciples to find “roots of trees” to sit and meditate. Trees are the perfect environment to practice in the Thai Forest Tradition. Metta practice was taught by the Buddha in response to actions of “Tree spirits”. We’ll explore the special significance of trees and Nature in the Buddha’s teaching.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2018-08-16 The Conflict Campaign: A Paradoxical Thinking Experiment in Israel. 48:37
James returns from his recent teaching In Europe and Israel. Besides his trip to the West Bank for a glimpse of Palestinian life, he shares a fascinating project: Israelis’ actually changed their attitude about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a marketing experiment called “The Conflict Campaign” based on paradoxical thinking principles.
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Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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