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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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2017-11-16 "The Multiplication of Courage" 51:04
Courage is contagious. Nelson Mandela spoke of the "multiplication of courage": When one brave person is willing to speak the truth, even though it might be met with strong resistance, it can spark another voice in the wilderness to do the same. And then other voices can be inspired to join in too. That is often how dramatic change can happen.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2017-11-09 "We are all Connected: Interconnectedness Within and Between Us" 62:58
The Buddhist concept of Anatta points to the fact that there is no separate self to whom life is happening. We are inter-connected. This talk explores different levels of this truth. As individuals, biologically we are not one being but rather a complex ecosystem comprised of many different beings. We are connected to each other through our relationships. And we are societal creatures who form groups. In the best of conditions those groups sometimes create an extraordinary field where the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2017-11-06 From Me to We: How Inter-Connectedness Manifests Intra-personally, Interpersonally and Societally (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 40:42
We are not separate from the rest of life. This is true in a very real sense biologically. We are an ecosystem with countless microorganisms in our body keeping us alive. Our relationships and need to belong determine whether we suffer or experience well-being. And when groups gather and are aligned a field of positive energy can be created where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Waking Up Together
2017-11-04 Day 3: Guided Meditation Q&A (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:16:23
Basic meditation instructions including breath, body, sounds as well as working with emotions and thoughts
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Waking Up Together
2017-11-02 Refuge in Sangha (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:42
The Buddha said keeping the company of like-minded friends is one of the most important way to cultivate wholesome qualities in ourselves and that good friends are "the whole of the holy life." In this Waking Up Together retreat we explore why this is so and why Sangha is considered a "jewel", one of the Three Refuges in the teachings.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Waking Up Together
2017-10-22 Practice As A Path Of Happiness - Part 4 65:57
Connection with others, compassion and the joy of being as sources of true well-being.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-10-17 Guided Meditation - First Breath, Last Breath 45:56
How present would you be for your first breath? Your last breath? This guided meditation takes you from birth through the stages of life - to your last breath. To see this moment in a fresh way.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-10-16 Practice As A Path Of Happiness - Part 3 59:34
Exploring how living with integrity (sila) and letting go of stories, busyness and stuff - can be a source of well being and joy.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-10-13 Metta For the Difficult 48:19
Why wish happiness for those who've caused us or others suffering? How can we overcome our resistance or hurt to genuinely open our heart to them?
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-10-10 The Trajectory Of Practice 63:32
The Journey from suffering - to hearing the dharma, to inspiration, to facing fear, acceptance of ourselves, opening beyond self to deep trust, freedom, and sharing our practice.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1

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