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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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2019-02-21 Day 19 Guided Meditation: The Big Mind/Sky Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 44:08
Big Mind/Big Sky Meditation Practice
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-16 The Power of Intention (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:45
The Buddha said that karma is all based on intention. In every moment we are sowing the seeds of suffering or happiness. In addition to this moment to moment aspect, intention also refers to a wider motivation—Clear Comprehension of Purpose—our aspiration and vision that fuels and inspires us to practice. Both of these dimensions of intention are explored.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-14 Day 12 - Brahma Vihara Practice - Metta for Difficult Persons (part 2) & All Beings (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 43:51
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-14 Day 12 - Morning Sit with Instructions - Intention (Retreat a t spirit Rock) 49:12
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-12 Day 9 - Morning Sit with Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 46:20
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-09 Gladness of the Wholesome ( Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:20
Wise or Right Effort includes cultivating wholesome states and then maintaining and increasing them. This talk explores how to maintain and increase these states and the importance of consciously including them in our practice. Particular emphasis is on the power of investigation, as well as mindfulness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-07 Day 5: Brahma Vihara Guided Meditation - Forgiveness Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 49:27
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-04 Day 2 Morning Sit w/ Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:33
Includes device renunciation
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-03 Five Spiritual Faculties (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 64:41
The list of the Five spiritual Faculties - Faith, Energy, Mindfulness, Concentration and Wisdom - is a helpful way to understand the unfolding of practice. Each of these are important issues of practice and each can be seen to build on the next for the full flowering of the awakened heart/mind.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-01-31 The Refinement of Mind Part 2 0:00
(Recording not available) 
In this teaching the Buddha speaks of three different qualities that need to be in balance for development of the awakened mind and that there is no right way to do the practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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