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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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2011-04-07 4. Joy/rapture (piti) 50:22
Fifth talk in an 8-week series on the 7 Factors of Awakening that began with an overview on March 10, 2011.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-03-31 3. Energy/effort (viriya) 55:33
Fourth talk in an 8-week series on the 7 Factors of Awakening that began with an overview on March 10, 2011.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-03-24 2. Interest/investigation (dhamma vicaya) 56:36
Third talk in an 8-week series on the 7 Factors of Awakening that began with an overview on March 10, 2011.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-03-17 1. Mindfulness (sati) 51:03
Second talk in an 8-week series on the 7 Factors of Awakening that began with an overview March 10. James highly recommended the booklet The Power of Mindfulness by Nyanaponika Thera as a precise and concise guide for "tidying the mental household."

The talk ends with a homework assignment for the week.

Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-03-10 Overview of the 7 Factors of Awakening 52:01
The 7 Factors of Awakening are the Buddha’s list of qualities that need to be developed in order to fully awaken. This eight-week series begins with an overview of all 7 Factors followed by a discussion of each individually in greater depth over the coming weeks. Besides exploring them theoretically, James encourages us to take them on as practices as we go through the weeks seeing how we can consciously cultivate them and bring them into our daily lives. The seven factors are:
  1. Mindfulness
  2. Interest/investigation
  3. Energy/effort
  4. Joy/rapture
  5. Calm/tranquility
  6. Concentration
  7. Equanimity
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-03-02 Opening to the Moment 61:49
Open9ing to the moment and being with things as they are is easier said than done. This talk explores what gets in the way and the qualities and attitudes that support opening to the moment including forgiveness, patience, contentment and a sense of humor.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong Insight Retreat
2011-02-25 Working with Thoughts & Skillful Discernment 56:42
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong Insight Retreat
2011-02-21 The Joy of Wholesome States 61:04
How the practice is a path of real happiness through cultivating wholesome states and being present for them.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong Insight Retreat
2011-02-15 Working with the Judging Mind 56:07
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong Insight Retreat
2011-02-10 Humility and Confidence 57:37
How being humbled can deepen our capacity to open to all of our experience and strengthen our confidence and trust.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong Insight Retreat

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