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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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2013-05-15 Loving Ourselves As We Grow Older 59:04
The importance of accepting and learning to love ourselves is important at any age. But it is particularly crucial as as we learn to adjust to a body and mind going through the aging process as well as a new self-identity about who we are.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Aging as Spiritual Opportunity: A retreat for those 55 and older
2013-05-09 Change is Possible 51:13
Our attitudes and attachment to views change over time including choosing to become more conscious and kind. Includes James describing his visit to Jessup Prison in Maryland where he spent an inspiring afternoon with prisoners who had gone through the Awakening Joy material.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2013-04-29 Guided Metta Meditation and Question/Response 52:21
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2013 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy With Life
2013-04-27 Transforming Suffering into Happiness 60:55
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 transformed into generosity, loving-kindness and wisdom.
Insight Meditation Community of Washington DC 2013 IMCW Spring Retreat: Intimacy With Life
2013-04-18 1st Part: Working with our Habits ---- 2nd Part: Boston Marathon Bombings 51:02
The first part of this talk is about our Habit discussion we've had over the last two weeks. The second part is about how we deal with the Boston Marathon Bombings.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2013-04-11 The Power of Habit - Part 2 51:57
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2013-04-04 The Power of Habit - Part 1 52:48
Talk based on Charles Duhigg's book on why we do what we do and how to strengthen or change our habits.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2013-03-28 Facing in the Right Direction 47:46
Social change happens slowly in our society but usually moves in the direction of greater inclusion and acceptance of progressive ideas. Includes Mark Morford's column "Your Evolution is Totally Gay."
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2013-03-21 Community Sharing: Questions and Answers 56:27
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2013-03-14 The Five Reflections 50:07
The Five Reflections from the Upajjatthana Sutra are: 1 - I am subject to old age, 2 - I am subject to illness, 3- I am subject to death, 4 - I must be parted and separated from everyone and everything dear and agreeable to me, 5 - I am the owner of my karma and the heir of my karma.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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