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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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2011-09-01 The Essence of Practice: Relaxed, Interested, Kind Awareness 57:28
This talk addresses what we're doing in practice, why we're doing it and the attitudes that most support the unfolding.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat
2011-08-25 The Advantages of Spiritual Friendship 37:27
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-07-22 Bringing Metta into the World 1:15:24
Closing talk with all teachers.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2011-07-19 Mudita 47:17
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2011-07-19 Metta Instructions: The Neutral Person 50:25
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2011-07-18 Whose Love is it Anyway? 57:37
Although metta practice can seem dualistic (me sending love to others) it is really an anatta practice that reveals the selfless nature of reality. The love that connects us isn't owned by anyone. This talk includes two guided meditations: 1) metta towards self and 2) seeing ourselves as part of a lineage of benefactors-the love and caring we receive from others passing through us to those we care about and support.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2011-07-14 Life Coming Together As You 51:55
The teaching of Anatta (not self) points to the fact that from the perspective of ultimate reality we are not separate entities to whom life happens. All the people in our life who’ve inspired and impacted us live through us even after they are gone. And we in turn impact the lives of many others and live through them. This talk includes a guided practice to understand anatta from this perspective—that the love we’ve received from others and pass on doesn’t belong to any of us.

James dedicated this talk to his father Arnold, who would have been 93 today; it begins with a moving reminiscence of their relationship.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-07-07 You Have a Choice 49:35
We each have our own unique journey. While there are as many different possibilities as there are people, we have a choice whether to go through life as a heavy assignment or as an extraordinary adventure of awakening. If we're fortunate enough to discover a spiritual path that supports the latter, we want to make the most of our opportunity.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-06-16 Shifting the Focus: From In Here to Out There 57:54
It’s very easy to get trapped in the web of “selfing” which is the one step from self-consciousness. How can we shift the focus so that our interactions with others opens us to true connection?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-06-02 Atammayatta: The Last Word and Final Sword of Buddhism 49:19
The Buddhist concept of Atammayata or "unconcoctibility" literally means "not made of that." The revered 20th Century master Ajahn Buddhadasa called this principle, "the last word and final sword of Buddhism."
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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