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Dharma Talks Access for Retreatants

IMCB Regular Talks

Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

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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.
2012-01-19 Embracing Resistance 54:40
  James Baraz
When things don’t go the way we hoped, resistance is often a natural response. A key element in our practice is how we respond to that resistance. Of course accepting things as they are is an essential part of our practice. This includes accepting the resistance. But an even more powerful practice is actually embracing the resistance so that it becomes a direct doorway to freedom.
2012-02-02 Mindfulness the Gatekeeper 61:35
  Ajahn Guna (Gunavuddho Bhikkhu)
2012-02-09 Wisdom Wide and Deep 57:35
  Shaila Catherine
Shaila shares her process of discovering and practicing the deep concentration states of jhana, and detailed vipassana practices as taught by Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw of Burma. She speaks about the cultivation of concentration and insight, and the systematic path that leads the mind from distraction to clarity, understanding, and nibbana. At the request of Venerable Pa-Auk Sayadaw, she wrote a book to serve as a practice guide for other practitioners: Wisdom Wide and Deep: A Practical Handbook for Mastering Jhana and Vipassana
2012-02-16 Exploring Sounds with our Practice 56:29
  Kate Munding
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