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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

IMCB Regular Talks

Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

  
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2011-02-03 Enlightenment Part 4 52:07
  James Baraz
James continues his series on Enlightenment by exploring the Path of Devotion or Bhakti path as a vehicle for awakening.
2011-02-10 Four Kinds of Love 52:37
  Wes Nisker
In honor of Valentine's Day, Wes reflects on everybody's favorite 4-letter word. As usual, he provides an insightful and entertaining perspective on the topic illustrated with a wealth of poetry. A discussion with the sangha ends the evening.
2011-02-17 Working with the Judging Mind 64:30
  James Baraz
A reflection on the comparing and judging mind highlighted with stories and readings. Includes a useful practice based on a quote from the 3rd Zen Patriarch: "The burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness." The evening ends with a brief discussion with the sangha. This talk was also given at the February 2011 month-long retreat at Spirit Rock: Working with the Judging Mind

2011-03-03 Living the Brahma Viharas 58:48
  Heather Sundberg
A discussion of the Four Divine Abodes: meditative states, thoughts, and actions to be cultivated in Buddhist meditation:
  • Loving-kindness (Metta)
  • Compassion (Karuna)
  • Sympathetic joy, joy with others (Mudita)
  • Equanimity (Upekkha)
2011-03-10 Overview of the 7 Factors of Awakening 52:01
  James Baraz
The 7 Factors of Awakening are the Buddha’s list of qualities that need to be developed in order to fully awaken. This eight-week series begins with an overview of all 7 Factors followed by a discussion of each individually in greater depth over the coming weeks. Besides exploring them theoretically, James encourages us to take them on as practices as we go through the weeks seeing how we can consciously cultivate them and bring them into our daily lives. The seven factors are:
  1. Mindfulness
  2. Interest/investigation
  3. Energy/effort
  4. Joy/rapture
  5. Calm/tranquility
  6. Concentration
  7. Equanimity
2011-03-17 1. Mindfulness (sati) 51:03
  James Baraz
Second talk in an 8-week series on the 7 Factors of Awakening that began with an overview March 10. James highly recommended the booklet The Power of Mindfulness by Nyanaponika Thera as a precise and concise guide for "tidying the mental household."

The talk ends with a homework assignment for the week.

2011-03-24 2. Interest/investigation (dhamma vicaya) 56:36
  James Baraz
Third talk in an 8-week series on the 7 Factors of Awakening that began with an overview on March 10, 2011.
2011-03-31 3. Energy/effort (viriya) 55:33
  James Baraz
Fourth talk in an 8-week series on the 7 Factors of Awakening that began with an overview on March 10, 2011.
2011-04-07 4. Joy/rapture (piti) 50:22
  James Baraz
Fifth talk in an 8-week series on the 7 Factors of Awakening that began with an overview on March 10, 2011.
2011-04-14 5. Calm/tranquility (passaddhi) 51:28
  James Baraz
Fifth talk in an 8-week series on the 7 Factors of Awakening that began with an overview on March 10, 2011.
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