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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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2004-04-26 Practice As A Path To Happiness 54:28
We can often focus on suffering in our practice and forget that this path is about cultivating happiness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2004-02-25 Awakening To Joy - part 2 61:07
This talk continues the exploration of how the practice cultivates happiness and joy. Topics include mindfulness as appreciation, wonder, gratitude, bliss of blamelessness, letting go, mudita, friendship and liberation.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2004-02-20 Awakening To Joy - part 1 61:46
The Buddha valued "gladness connected with wholesome states." This is the first of two talks on the importance of inclining the mind toward happiness and joy as well as how to do it.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2004-02-15 Inclining Our Mind Towards Freedom: The Power Of Intention 60:57
The power of intention helps us envision a fulfilled spiritual life, helps us see through our limiting beliefs, and helps us trust our deepest wisdom.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2003-08-31 Trusting Your Buddha-Knowing 60:07
The source of our awakening is right inside us. As we learn to listen deeply to the wisdom and purity of heart that is connected to the truth we are following the Buddha's instructions to be "be a lamp unto yourself."
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
2003-08-31 Trusting Your Buddha Knowing 59:36
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2003-08-28 What Is Mindfulness 56:45
Why be mindful? Different aspects of mindfulness including seeing clearly and non-judging as well as benefits of mindfulness practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2003-02-19 Passion For Practice 58:25
The place of passion in practice is expressed in the Iddhipadas (Bases of Power): zeal, effort, love of Dharma and preciousness of this opportunity to practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2003-02-10 Seven Factors Of Enlightenment 61:54
The seven factors of enlightenment are being cultivated as we practice. This talk explores how they can be consciously brought into balance and how they work together.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2002-10-02 Body of Fear Mind of Wisdom 66:02
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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