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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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2005-02-16 Trusting Your Buddha-Knowing 60:23
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."
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2005-02-12 Gladness Of The Wholesome - Awakening Joy 60:21
The Buddha spoke of maintaining and increasing wholesome states as an integral part of Right Effort. In this talk we explore why this is important and how to incline the mind to experience what he called "gladness connected with the wholesome."
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2005-02-05 The Comparing Mind 58:44
Seeing through the judging mind awakening us to our true nature.
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2004-12-27 Past, Present, Future: A Journey Through Time 57:36
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2004-11-20 Saturday Night Closing Session 35:00
The Saturday night session of the lawyers retreat. What's going on in mindfulness and law. Right livelihood.
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2004-11-19 The Power Of Mindfulness 53:50
This talk was given at the Lawyer's Retreat. It focused on a description of four characteristics of mindfulness - seeing things clearly, permanence, being present and watching the judging mind.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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