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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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2009-05-21 Verses on the Faith Mind by Seng-Tsan (3rd Zen Patriarch of China), part 2. 59:16
Tonight James continues his discussion of Verses on the Faith Mind by Sengstan (3rd Zen Patriarch of China), his favorite piece of dharma wisdom. This week one of the lines from the passage is the source of Joseph Goldstein’s book One Dharma. "There is one Dharma not many; distinctions arise from the clinging needs of the ignorant."
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2009-05-14 Verses on the Faith Mind by Seng-T'san (3rd Zen Patriarch of China), part 1. 46:34
Tonight James begins a series on his favorite piece of dharma wisdom: Verses on the Faith Mind by Sengstan, otherwise known as the 3rd Zen Patriarch of China. This is one of the best treatises on the non-dual approach to practice. A few choice lines: “The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.” “To live in the realization is to be without anxiety about non-perfection.” During this series, James reads through the text and discusses how we can apply it in our lives. If you are interested in reading the actual text of this sutra Click Here.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2009-04-30 The Bamboo Acrobats 50:58
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2009-04-16 Confidence 37:31
Confidence
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2009-04-09 “Am I Good Enough?” 51:36
Addressing that voice inside the mind that has a hard time measuring up to our ideals
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2009-03-26 Kind Awareness 54:43
This is a three part series of talks on James’ basic meditation instructions: “Receive the moment with a relaxed, interested and kind awareness. What does a kind awareness mean? How can we meet each moment—including moments of fear or physical discomfort—with this attitude? This is a key issue for deepening our practice.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2009-03-19 Interested Awareness 56:31
This is a three part series of talks on James’ basic meditation instructions: “Receive the moment with a relaxed, interested and kind awareness.”
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2009-03-12 Relaxed Awareness 59:40
This is a three part series of talks on James’ basic meditation instructions: “Receive the moment with a relaxed, interested and kind awareness.” Note: The first talk of this series was not recorded. Therefore this is a talk on the same topic that James gave during the month-long retreat at Spirit Rock on 2/10/2009.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2009-03-05 Opening to the Heart's Tender Spot 48:30
Some thoughts upon returning from the February retreat at Spirit Rock.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2009-02-20 Faith In The Dharma 60:39
Faith is one of the Five Spiritual faculties. This talk explores the elements of faith, sources of our faith and the ingredients we bring to deepen our trust and faith in the Dharma.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation February

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