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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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2011-12-01 Balancing Contentment With Aliveness 48:39
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-11-17 The Buddha's Discourse on Blessings 49:53
Not missing all the goodness and blessings in our life as an aid to true well being and happiness. The talk is based on the Buddha's Mangalam Sutta, which is also known as the Discourse on Blessings
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Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-11-10 From Cynicism to Love 42:08
When our hopes for a better world or better personal life are dashed, we can become cynical and begin to assume that forces of greed and hatred will win out over forces of consciousness and love. How can we keep our hearts open in the face of personal and societal disappointment?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-10-27 The Race between Ignorance and Consciousness: Good or Bad News?” 53:31
James reviews a number of things that are right with the world.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-10-20 Contentment: The Peace of Not Wanting What You Don’t Have 67:04
The experience of contentment is the true happiness available through letting go and seeing our experience complete just as it is. Nothing needs to be added or taken away. This talk explores inner contentment, the state of “abundant enoughness”, while distinguishing it from complacency, laziness or just being resigned to the way things are. We can be inspired by a vision of awakening, develop our gifts and make a contribution, while we appreciate things just as they are in the moment.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2011-10-12 Trusting Your Buddha-Knowing 59:55
The source of our awakening is right inside us. As we learn to listen deeply to the wisdom and purity of heart that is connected to the truth, we are following the Buddha’s instructions to “be a lamp unto yourself.” This talk includes the Buddha’s five methods for dealing with distracting thoughts and how to discern the voice of wisdom from the voices of confusion and fear.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2011-10-06 Awakening Joy: Dharma Practice as a Path of Happiness: Part 2 62:01
This talk continues the exploration of how the practice cultivates happiness and joy. Five wholesome states that support true well-being are investigated including practices that help us access them.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2011-10-05 Awakening Joy: Dharma Practice as a Path of Happiness 64:59
Please note that first three minutes of the recording are silent.
Cambridge Insight Meditation Center
2011-09-30 Awakening Joy: Dharma Practice as a Path of Happiness: Part 1 64:23
The Buddha was called The Happy One. With the emphasis on suffering, its cause and it’s end, we can forget that this path is really a path of cultivating true happiness. In this talk we look at three principles of the teaching that can be the foundation for true well-being and how it can be cultivated both on and off the cushion.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2011-09-21 The Power Of Intention 62:59
Intention is the basis of all karma. It is also a key aspect of dharma practice, both in moment to moment experience as well as our aspiration, vision that fuels our practice.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Three-Month Retreat - Part 1

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