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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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2014-04-03 Sutta Series: The Angulimala Sutta - MN #86 53:01
One of the most inspiring teachings on the potential for each of us to change. Angulimala, a violent killer, encounters the Buddha, wakes up from his confusion and becomes a holy man. No matter how deep our unskillful habits are, we can take comfort and inspiration in the capacity of the heart to awaken and face in the right direction.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2014-03-27 Sutta Series: The Removal of Distracting Thoughts - MN #20 55:41
In this discourse the Buddha gives five different strategies for working with troublesome thoughts and mind-states. A very practical teaching on working with the mind when it gets caught and mindfulness is not strong enough.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2014-03-20 Sutta Series: The Simile of the Saw - Majjhima Nikaya #21 58:41
This is a discourse on practicing patience and a kind heart regardless of the circumstances.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2014-03-13 Sutta Series: The Vacchagotta Suttas (MN(#71, #72, #73) 59:44
We continue the Sutta series exploring the Vacchagotta suttas from the Majjhima Nikaya. Vacchagotta asks many questions of the Buddha. In a series of conversations, the Buddha expounds to Vacchagotta on such topics as whether or not he's omniscient, on various speculative views about what happens after death and if nuns and householders can be enlightened.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2014-03-09 Kalyana Mitta Half-Day workshop with James Baraz and Elad Levinson 27:17
James Baraz talking about Kalyana Mitta, exploring the idea, "What is 'Spiritual Friendship'?" The word "Mitta" is related to "Metta" or lovingkindness. Mitta means friend, Kalyana is Spiritual. So, KM is a Spiritual Friends group. This term is particularly used in the Theravada tradition to talk about the relationship we have with each other to have that third refuge in the sangha really flourish
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2014-03-09 Kalyana Mitta Half-Day workshop with James Baraz and Elad Levinson 55:30
Intro to the KM half day by James Baraz
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2014-03-09 Kalyana Mitta Half-Day workshop with James Baraz and Elad Levinson 20:09
Our KM Dedicated Volunteers Melanie Speir and Geidra Gershman talk about their experience with KM groups, sharing tips for forming and sustaining groups.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2014-03-09 Kalyana Mitta Half-Day workshop with James Baraz and Elad Levinson 24:56
Elad Levinson talks about the importance of building agreement among KM group members.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2014-03-09 Kalyana Mitta Half-Day workshop with James Baraz and Elad Levinson 24:56
Co-presenter Elad Levinson on using KM groups for self-discovery and the what and how of processes that set up your group for success.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2014-03-06 Sutta Series: Capala Sutta: The Buddha's Advice for Overcoming Sloth and Torpor (AN 7.58) 51:19
Do you ever get sleepy while meditating? In this discourse, the Capala Sutta from the Angutarra Nikaya, the Buddha catches one of his main disciples, Ven. Maha Moggallana nodding off. He then offers him seven strategies for overcoming "sloth and torpor". Identifying with the drowsiness can actually be a doorway to the wisdom of anatta or the selfless nature of reality.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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