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IMCB Regular Talks

Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

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2012-10-04 No Credit, No Blame. 56:40
  James Baraz
"In this world no one escapes from blame," said the Buddha. How can we deal with blame from others skillfully without getting crushed by criticism or react to it in a way that causes more suffering for ourselves and other? The key to not being lost in Praise or Blame is non-identification, not taking ownership of your experience. This includes not identifying with your body or mind. We can appreciate the gifts we've been given as well as our shortcomings without taking them personally. This is the natural by-product of understanding anatta, the selfless nature of existence.
2012-10-11 Emotional Chaos to Clarity 64:40
  Phillip Moffitt
2012-10-18 A Simple Twist of Fate 50:46
  James Baraz
Our lives are filled with turning points that can steer us in different directions. To have found the Dharma and be facing in the direction of greater consciousness is extraordinarily good karma that can powerfully fuel and inspire our practice with sincerity and gratitude.
2012-11-01 Harmlessness 59:00
  Kate Munding
2012-11-08 Empathy: The Key that Unlocks the Heart 49:19
  James Baraz
The ability to put oneself in someone else's shoes is the doorway to compassion. Once there is compassion then forgiveness, connection and genuine metta naturally follow. This talk includes a teaching from Thai master, Ajahn Maha Boowa, on the power of empathy.
2012-11-15 Cast Aside the Costume 49:44
  James Baraz
2012-11-29 Who we really are. 49:28
  James Baraz
Who You Really Are Walt Whitman wrote: “I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness." A key aspect of genuine awakening is realizing the basic goodness that is our true nature (when we're not confused or lost in our stories). What gets in the way of accessing this basic goodness? What supports it?
2012-12-06 Darkness Calls. 56:57
  Betsy Rose
Songs and reflections for the season of letting go.
2012-12-13 Practicing With Difficult Emotions. 61:36
  James Baraz
Exploring themes from the current issue (Volume 29/Number 1/Fall 2012) of Inquiring Mind with guest editor of the issue, Kevin Griffin.
2012-12-20 A Time For Healing 51:58
  James Baraz
Dealing with the tragedy of Newtown, Conn.
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