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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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1999-11-27 Seeing Through Limiting Beliefs 60:16
Most of our confusion comes from believing the stories, such as personal history and self-image, that run through our mind. Seeing through these stories is the key to freeing the mind and opening the heart to the realization we are much greater than our limiting beliefs.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
1999-11-23 The Process Of Awakening: Five Spiritual Faculties 60:15
Faith, effort, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom build on each other in a natural development. Understanding their relationship gives us a map for how the meditation process unfolds.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
1999-11-01 Appreciation As A Source Of Happiness 61:19
The practice of appreciation is an exercise in mindfulness, openness of heart and wisdom. Whether experience is pleasant or unpleasant, inclining our minds toward appreciation allows us to open to our joys and sorrows as valuable gifts that make each moment come alive.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
1999-09-09 The Buddha's Prescription For Happiness: Seven Factors Of Enlightenment 57:22
The Seven Factors of Enlightenment are mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, calm, concentration and equanimity. When brought to fruition they lead to the highest happiness we can experience. How can we cultivate these qualities consciously in our meditation practice and in our life?
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
In collection Foundations Of Practice
1999-09-05 The Process Of Awakening: Five Spiritual Faculties 60:40
Faith, effort, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom build on each other in a natural development. Understanding their relationship gives us a map for how the meditation process unfolds.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
1999-09-02 How Suffering Can Lead To Faith 55:43
Although there is suffering - the First Noble Truth, the Buddha has taught that wisely processing our pain leads to greater faith, compassion and, eventually, the end of suffering.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
1999-08-26 Truthfulness 53:01
Truthfulness was the one quality the Bodhisattva possessed through all his previous lifetimes before his enlightenment. Telling the truth to oneself and others is a direct source of happiness and is the guiding principle for the spiritual journey.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
1999-05-22 Wise Reflection And Practice In Daily Life 58:34
Dharma practice is more than concentrated bare attention. The Buddha spoke often of the importance of reflection in developing wisdom. We can develop wise reflection on retreat and bring that attitude into daily life.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center
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

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