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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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2021-06-09 Including sensations, sounds and other objects in the field of awareness 46:29
Working with the wandering mind and moving from one meditation object to another in meditation
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy: Opening to Your Natural State of Well-Being
2021-06-08 Three Wholesome States for Cultivating Joy 60:55
Intention, Mindfulness and Gratitude are the three wholesome states that are the foundational practices to awaken joy
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy: Opening to Your Natural State of Well-Being
2021-06-03 Divisiveness in the Buddha's Community: The Quarrel at Kosambi 52:18
One of the greatest challenges today in the US is divisiveness within the country. However, the Buddha faced the same problem right within his community! The Quarrel at Kosambi tells the story of his sangha dealing with a bitter argument that almost created a schism in the sangha. And the Buddha had a very difficult time trying to bring peace between the two factions. We will discuss this story and the lessons we can learn that can be applied in today's time.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
2021-05-27 Not Seeing Dukkha is Dukkha 51:30
This talk is based on a teaching from Joseph Goldstein: "Not seeing dukkha is dukkha." It's humbling to realize that we are creating much of our suffering. But it's through clearly seeing this that we also create the possibility of truly waking up. We can change our whole relationship to seeing how we get caught by old habits and thought patterns from self-judgment to compassion and liberation.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
2021-05-13 Forgiving the Unforgivable: Angulimala Sutta (MN #86) 55:45
Angulimala was a feared serial killer who was the scourge of the land--until he met the Buddha. We will explore his story and its relevance for our practice in learning to keep our hearts open to those who cause great harm. Why does the Buddha find it beneficial and how is this possible?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
2021-05-06 Saying Goodbye: When a Friend Dies 60:25
This past week James felt very fortunate to be with one of his dearest friends in his final days died. This talk explores that life passage. How can we say goodbye to a loved one and grieve fully with the understanding that death is a natural part of the life cycle? How can practice help us through that process?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
2021-04-08 Death and Dying 57:42
with James Baraz, Sylvia Boorstein
Sylvia and James will have a conversation about death and dying something they have both been recently practicing with in their personal lives.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
2021-03-28 Befriending Ourselves Daylong 4:26:41
James Baraz and Eve Decker When we develop a basic kindness towards ourselves we not only learn to accept the difficult parts, but in the process embrace our humanity and see more clearly the beauty that's inside. As we do that we allow our goodness and True Nature to shine through. This becomes a gift to everyone we meet, a healing energy that awakens the goodness in others as well.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
2021-03-18 Honeyball Sutta: The Buddha's Teaching on Papanća 56:36
Have you ever wondered how your mind can move from one thought to getting lost in a complex story without you knowing how you got there? The Buddha describes this process in his Honeyball Sutta (Majjhima Nikaya #19) where he explains the phenomenon of papanća or proliferation of thought. The more we understand this porcess and work with it as practice, the less we get caught up in the stories the mind creates.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
2021-03-04 Eve Decker - 8-Fold Path 51:24
Eve Decker talks about the 8-Fold Path
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

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