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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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2013-01-24 Why I teach Awakening Joy. 55:01
In the talk, I share what motivated me to teach Buddha Dharma as a path of happiness. Some of the teachings might obscure this fact through misunderstanding, as well as the underlying teachings that lead to genuine well-being.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2013-01-17 The Power of Generosity 56:47
James is joined by Phil Catalfo, who runs the Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project, for a rich discussion about the power of generosity. Giving not only benefits the recipient but the giver as well. While BNFP alleviates the suffering of those who are “food insecure;” it also alleviates the suffering of the donors by providing them a means to process their feelings, thoughts, and memories about food, hunger, abundance, guilt, and so on. Participants report a vastly expanded sense of themselves and become profoundly grateful for the opportunity to experience that. They see that “everybody wins” is an actual option in this world.
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Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2013-01-10 Shifting perspectives 47:46
When life is difficult or frustrating the teachings advise us to practice equanimity. One simple but potent way to do that is to take a step back and hold things with a wider perspective. We'll be exploring different practices that incline towards equanimity through this method.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2013-01-03 Embracing Change 52:20
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-12-27 Past, Present and Future. 54:44
As 2012 comes to a close, this is a time to reflect on the lessons from the past year, where you are now and what your vision is of the New Year.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-12-20 A Time For Healing 51:58
Dealing with the tragedy of Newtown, Conn.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-12-13 Practicing With Difficult Emotions. 61:36
Exploring themes from the current issue (Volume 29/Number 1/Fall 2012) of Inquiring Mind with guest editor of the issue, Kevin Griffin.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-11-29 Who we really are. 49:28
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?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-11-15 Cast Aside the Costume 49:44
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-11-08 Empathy: The Key that Unlocks the Heart 49:19
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.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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