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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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2012-09-20 Praise and Blame 59:04
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-09-13 Titrating our Dukkha. 54:40
Though mindfulness meditation instructions generally suggest paying attention to what is predominant, focusing on overwhelming emotions especially those rooted in trauma is often not beneficial. This talk, which includes the Buddha's teachings on working with difficult emotions as well as theory from Somatic Experiencing (SE)—an approach to working with trauma—explores how to work with intense emotions by touching them a little at a time.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-09-02 Transforming Suffering into Happiness 64:22
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 trnsformed into generosity, loving-kindness and wisdom.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Retreat
2012-08-30 What Am I Doing Here and Why Am I Doing It? 57:10
How mindfulness practice works on retreat, the benefits that it produces and helpful attitudes that support intensive retreat practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Retreat
2012-08-23 Teaching what we need to learn. 54:56
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-07-19 Stewardship and Intention as Gaia Practices 52:25
This is part 4 of the series 'Appropriate Response at the Tipping Point' that began 6/14. In this talk, James discusses the last two of the five transformational commitments in Bob Doppelt's book From Me to We:

4. Acknowledge your trustee obligations and take responsibility for the continuation of all life
5. Choose your own destiny

Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-07-10 It's Really Possible! 60:32
To love ourselves, love others unconditionally to let in the love that comes our way, to realize more and more that love is our true nature -- these are tehe gifts of metta practice. With sincere intention and commitment, we can realize these fruits. We have everything we need to do this.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2012-07-05 Karma and Sila as Gaia Practices 53:57
This is part 3 of the series 'Appropriate Response at the Tipping Point' that began 6/14. In this talk, James discusses the first three of the five transformational commitments in Bob Doppelt's book From Me to We:

1. See the systems you are part of
2. Be accountable for all the consequences of your actions
3. Abide by society’s most deeply held universal principles of morality and justice

Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-06-28 Seeing the System You Are Part Of 59:40
Sharing a positive vision for the future from Ernest Callenbach’s "Epistle to Ecotopians". We then begin to explore the first of five Dharma principles using systems and sustainability expert Bob Doppelt’s book From Me to We. The ignorance of these principles is what perpetuates the problem and the understanding of them is the key to changing our consciousness and providing a path toward healing the planet. This is part 2 of the series 'Appropriate Response at the Tipping Point' that began June 14.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-06-23 What supports Connecting? 1:18:55
with Daniel Ellenberg
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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