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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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2012-11-01 Buddha Dharma as a Path of Happiness 62:34
The Four Noble Truths are usually presented as the truth of suffering, its cause, its end, and the path that leads to the end. This talk presents these truths with an emphasis on well-being: 1) There is happiness, 2) There is a cause of happiness, 3) Happiness is possible, and 4) There is a path that leads to the highest happiness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening Joy: Dharma Practice as a Path of Happiness
2012-10-18 A Simple Twist of Fate 50:46
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.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-10-04 No Credit, No Blame. 56:40
"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.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-09-27 No Place to Land 57:17
Advaita teacher H. W. L. Poonja spoke of emptiness as "No place to land." This follow-up talk on Praise and Blame, discusses how understanding the Buddha's teaching on Emptiness—the selfless nature of the process—we can appreciate the positive impact we have on others without taking personal credit when praise comes our way.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-09-20 Praise and Blame 59:04
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-09-13 Titrating our Dukkha. 54:40
Though mindfulness meditation instructions generally suggest paying attention to what is predominant, focusing on overwhelming emotions especially those rooted in trauma is often not beneficial. This talk, which includes the Buddha's teachings on working with difficult emotions as well as theory from Somatic Experiencing (SE)—an approach to working with trauma—explores how to work with intense emotions by touching them a little at a time.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-09-02 Transforming Suffering into Happiness 64:22
The magic of mindfulness is how it weakens unwholesome (akusala) states of suffering and strengthens wholesome (kusala) states of well-being. This talk explains this process of alchemy: how greed, hatred and delusion are trnsformed into generosity, loving-kindness and wisdom.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Retreat
2012-08-30 What Am I Doing Here and Why Am I Doing It? 57:10
How mindfulness practice works on retreat, the benefits that it produces and helpful attitudes that support intensive retreat practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Retreat
2012-08-23 Teaching what we need to learn. 54:56
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-07-19 Stewardship and Intention as Gaia Practices 52:25
This is part 4 of the series 'Appropriate Response at the Tipping Point' that began 6/14. In this talk, James discusses the last two of the five transformational commitments in Bob Doppelt's book From Me to We:

4. Acknowledge your trustee obligations and take responsibility for the continuation of all life
5. Choose your own destiny

Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
In collection Appropriate Response at the Tipping Point

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