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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

IMCB Regular Talks

Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

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2011-10-27 The Race between Ignorance and Consciousness: Good or Bad News?” 53:31
  James Baraz
James reviews a number of things that are right with the world.
2011-11-10 From Cynicism to Love 42:08
  James Baraz
When our hopes for a better world or better personal life are dashed, we can become cynical and begin to assume that forces of greed and hatred will win out over forces of consciousness and love. How can we keep our hearts open in the face of personal and societal disappointment?
2011-11-17 The Buddha's Discourse on Blessings 49:53
  James Baraz
Not missing all the goodness and blessings in our life as an aid to true well being and happiness. The talk is based on the Buddha's Mangalam Sutta, which is also known as the Discourse on Blessings
2011-12-01 Balancing Contentment With Aliveness 48:39
  James Baraz
2011-12-08 Seeing Beyond Appearances 47:44
  James Baraz
Bay Area musician, composer and dharma student Ben Rivers speaks about what it’s like to live with severe disability from Parkinson's and Lyme diseases. He shares about his life as we explore seeing beyond appearances, relating to someone who seems different as not so different, with their own unique gifts and challenges.
2011-12-15 Cultivating a Bodhisattva Heart 55:06
  James Baraz
We don’t have to wait to take Bodhisattva vows to practice the Bodhisattva attitude of being there for another’s suffering. In this talk we explore principles and practices to cultivate compassion—the heart of the Bodhisattva ideal—including 1) developing a caring heart towards those we may not feel an affinity and 2) holding the pain we feel at another’s suffering with wise discernment.
2011-12-22 Awakening the Higher Mind 59:50
  Sharda Rogell
2011-12-29 Self Inquiry 55:13
  Will Kabat-Zinn
Self Inquiry
2012-01-05 Time Travel 46:54
  Wes Nisker
2012-01-12 The Honeyball Sutta: The Source of Our Confusion and the Way Out 57:10
  James Baraz
In this discourse the Buddha explains how we get lost in our stories through papanca or proliferation of thought. The talk focuses on how papanca works in our lives and how we can work with it to free ourselves of confusion.
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