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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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2016-01-26 Turning Suffering Into Happiness 61:57
In every moment we have a choice of planting seeds of suffering or happiness. We can understand how to meet it skillfully.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center IMS Staff Retreat 2016
2016-01-19 Being Your Own Authority 63:08
We can appreciate good guidance but ultimately we need to learn how to listen to the Buddha or Quan Yin right inside. Includes the Buddha's five strategies for dealing with distracting thoughts.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: The Foundations of Mindfulness-Based Modalities and Research
2016-01-12 Awakening Joy in Practice as a Path of Happioness 1:12:16
Holding practice as more than just working with suffering but as a cultivation of wholsesome states that open the heart and create the conditions for the highest happiness.
Insight Meditation Society - Retreat Center Joy on the Path: Insight Meditation Retreat
2016-01-07 "Turning Ghosts into Ancestors" Guest tonight: Joe Bobrow. 66:09
"James guest tonight is Joseph Bobrow, a respected colleague and Zen teacher, who's work with veterans has been a major contribution in helping them heal from the trauma of war. Joe very movingly talks about his work and his book: Waking Up from War - A Better Way Home for Veterans and Nations.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2016-01-05 No Comparisons - Working with The Judging Mind 62:29
How we get caught in comparing and judging and skillful ways to work with this practice challenge.
Insight Meditation Society - Forest Refuge January 2016 at IMS - Forest Refuge
2015-12-17 “Tenderizing the Heart” 60:41
It’s said that it is better to live with a moment of loving-kindness than 100 years without it. We might feel contracted or armored but just one tender moment where the heart softens even a little can be an opportunity to open us.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2015-12-10 “Mainlining Goodness” 54:23
Sometimes, when the news gets heavy we can overlook all the goodness around us. When things seem overwhelming, it’s important at times to balance out the 10,000 sorrows by tuning into the 10,000 joys and remembering it’s not all one way or the other. Hope you join us.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2015-12-03 "Letting Your Heart Break." 48:05
Like many, I was speechless upon hearing the news of the latest senseless mass shooting in San Bernardino. When we hear such incomprehensible news that breaks the heart or we are going through our own personal heartbreak, how can we hold it all? I don't profess to have the answers, but perhaps we can explore together in a useful way. I hope you join us.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2015-11-19 "Gratitude" 49:37
"The grateful heart not only includes appreciation for all the wonderful blessings in our life but also opening up to our pain in the context of gratitude."
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2015-10-24 2015-10-24 The Magic of Awareness with James Baraz and Anam Thupten 5:06:42
This daylong explores the magic of awareness as well as how to access it in meditation and outside formal meditation practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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