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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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2019-03-28 A Unified Theory of Well-Being 64:14
Though there are many different approaches and styles of practice they all have one common principle that neuroscience corroborates and other spiritual traditions agree on. This talk explores this unifying practice principle and how we can simply and effectively apply it both in formal practice and daily life when we're lost in the prison of our mind.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2019-03-28 Guided Meditation 40:17
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2019-03-21 Humility and Confidence 59:19
The Buddhist writer Wei Wu Wei says: "True humility is the absence of anyone to be proud." We are often humbled by life. How we handle it can either lead to defeat or profound growth. We will explore how being humbled can deepen our capacity to open to all of our experience and strengthen our confidence and trust as we align ourselves with something greater than ourself.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2019-03-07 Guided meditation and honoring Hime Levine 54:52
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
2019-02-26 Day 24 Brahma Vihara Practice: Equanimity (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 42:16
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-25 The Three Roots of Happiness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 46:47
A talk on the Buddha's Teaching of three roots of happiness: non-greed, non-hatred and non-delusion. Stating each in a positive way they are 1) Letting go/Generosity, 2) Loving-Kindness 3)Clarity/Wisdom. As part of the talk I share some personal stories of how my different paths of Buddhism and the Hindu path of devotion converged around these three qualities.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-23 Non Greed, Non Hatred, Non Delusion (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 64:41
Non-Greed, Non-Hatred and Non-Delusion were taught by the Buddha as the three roots of happiness. Stating each in a positive way they are 1) Letting go/Generosity, 2) Loving-Kindness and ClarityWisdom. Every moment that we're mindful we're cultivating these qualities. This talk explores both the moment-to-moment as well as the relational aspects of these three qualities.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-21 Day 19 Guided Meditation: The Big Mind/Sky Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 44:08
Big Mind/Big Sky Meditation Practice
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-16 The Power of Intention (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:45
The Buddha said that karma is all based on intention. In every moment we are sowing the seeds of suffering or happiness. In addition to this moment to moment aspect, intention also refers to a wider motivation—Clear Comprehension of Purpose—our aspiration and vision that fuels and inspires us to practice. Both of these dimensions of intention are explored.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong
2019-02-14 Day 12 - Brahma Vihara Practice - Metta for Difficult Persons (part 2) & All Beings (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 43:51
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Monthlong

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