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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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1999-01-01 Learning To Ride The Roller Coaster: Dealing With The Unexpected 47:22
Life is a continual surprise. How can we hold unexpected challenges and ephemeral joys in a spirit of practice so that we meet experience with wisdom, equanimity and an open heart?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
1999-01-01 Refuge In The Sangha: Importance Of Like-Minded Friendship 57:22
Why did the Buddha consider like-minded friendship "the whole of the holy life?" This talk focuses on the importance of developing a sense of community as a true support for our practice. Included are the Buddha's words on what constitutes a good friend.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
1998-11-25 Balance Of Effort 54:42
When whole-hearted commitment is balanced with a spacious lightness of heart, the practice flowers in a rich way. This talk explores how we can combine those two attitudes in our meditation and in our lives.
1998-10-15 Right Thought: Creating An Inspiring Vision 43:13
As we understand the power of thoughts to create our reality, we can empower those thoughts that inspire us and see the emptiness of those thoughts that don't serve. This is the key to manifesting our vision of awakening.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
1998-06-26 Intimate Relationship As Spiritual Practice 54:46
Intimate relationship can be a vehicle for cultivating authenticity, understanding our shadow, and true opening of the heart. The challenges and opportunities of using a primary relationship as part of our awakening process are explored.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
1998-06-19 Waves On The Oceans-Not Being Bothered By Thoughts 50:13
We can't control all the thoughts that pass through our minds. What we can do is learn how to work skillfully with troublesome thoughts and patterns in the mind so they lose their power to confuse us.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
1997-04-08 Five Hindrances 62:04
1996-12-06 Nourishing Healthy Seeds: Compassion, Mudita And Equanimity 65:33
Noticing and cultivating the wholesome states of compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity as they arise is a powerful training towards greater happiness.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
1996-11-14 Bothicitti 55:52
1996-11-07 Commitment In Practice 1:26:52

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