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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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2019-08-08 Dharmas Without Blame 40:52
With such disorienting events such as mass shootings in the news, how can we find our balance and hold things with equanimity, compassion and a wise dharma perspective. That is the theme for this talk.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2019-06-20 Eco Dharma 44:35
Inspired by EcoDharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis by David Loy. James shares some perspectives that can give practitioners a sense of how to hold the climate crisis situation skillfully as well as what Dharma teachings have to offer the wider societal conversation at this time.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2019-06-08 What's coming, end of retreat (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:02
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy
2019-06-07 Day 4 Experiential Practice: Forgiveness - Pathway to an Open Heart (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:22
In order to open to true well-being we need to let go of the blocks to an open heart. Practices of forgiveness towards ourselves and others are offered.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy
2019-06-04 Why "Awakening Joy"? (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:42
The Buddha was called "The Happy One", but often there is more emphasis on overcoming suffering then going for true happiness. It is beneficial to see the teachings in the light of cultivating wholesome states as well - leading to the highest happiness of freedom.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy
2019-05-09 An Evening with Stephen Fulder (Founder of the Israeli Dharma Community) 61:54
James welcome Stephen Fulder who explores themes from his new book What’s Beyond Mindfulness? and shares about the Israeli sangha.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2019-05-02 Internally & Externally - Holding It All 61:49
On the recent retreat James sat with Ven. Analayo, the monastic started out the last day's teaching saying: “This morning I want to talk about climate change. Though some say this is not an appropriate topic for the Dharma Hall, in my view and in light of the crisis we are facing, there is no more appropriate or necessary topic.” We explore how Dharma principles can help each of us individually hold this unsettling situation as well as why they are the key to us waking up as a species.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2019-04-25 The Anapanasati Sutta: The Buddha's Teaching on Mindfulness of Breathing 69:02
After spending a recent retreat with Ven. Analayo Bhikkhu at Spirit Rock on this subject, James offers his understanding of Ven. Analayo's explanation of the discourse and how it can be applied in our meditation practice. You can also go to (paste it in your browser) this link to hear Ven. Analayo's Anapanasati guided meditation. https://www.windhorsepublications.com/mindfulness-of-breathing-audio/
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
2019-03-28 A Unified Theory of Well-Being 64:14
Though there are many different approaches and styles of practice they all have one common principle that neuroscience corroborates and other spiritual traditions agree on. This talk explores this unifying practice principle and how we can simply and effectively apply it both in formal practice and daily life when we're lost in the prison of our mind.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2019-03-28 Guided Meditation 40:17
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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