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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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2020-02-23 You Are Loving Awareness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:27
Mindful awareness creates spaciousness for love to naturally shine through -- your true nature. The talk includes reminisces of Ram Dass, major benefactor of the insight meditation community, who passed away Dec. 2019 and whose practice was "I am loving awareness."
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2020-02-21 Day 20 Afternoon Instructions: Mudita (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 50:01
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2020-02-16 Dukkha as a Path to Awakening (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:53
Dukkha is an inevitable part of life, the 1st Noble Truth. How we meet it and work with it is a key issue of practice. If understood, it can be a doorway to liberation.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2020-02-16 Day 15 Morning Instructions: Big Mind (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 48:23
All experience arises and passed in the vast space of awareness. This meditation, adapted from Tibetan text, directs attention to awareness itself rather than the objects within the awareness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2020-02-09 Practice as a Path of Happiness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:47
Sometimes we can misunderstand practice as mainly overcoming suffering. The Buddha spoke of cultivating and increasing wholesome states and being mindful of the "gladness of the wholesome."
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2020-02-09 Day 8 Morning Instructions: Choiceless Awareness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 59:26
Guided meditation letting go of the primary object and allowing receiving each moment as it presents itself.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2020-02-07 Day Six Afternoon Instructions: Brahma Viharas - Forgiveness & Metta for Self (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 45:34
A guided meditation directing forgiveness & metta toward our body, mind & heart
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2020-02-04 Day Three Morning Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 54:22
A guided meditation refining awareness of breath to deepen concentration.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2020-02-03 Five Spiritual Faculties (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:50
The Five 'Spiritual Faculties describe the unfolding of our practice. From Faith through Wise Effort, cultivating Mindfulness, deepening Concentration, flowering as Wisdom.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2020-01-30 The Quarrel at Kosambi 44:16
Telling of the story of the quarrel at Kosambi as well as discussions around the importance of community and how to make community stronger
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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