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2015-08-27 Refinement of Mind, Part II. 53:44
  James Baraz
Last week we spoke of practice as a process of purification, refining impurities of mind like a goldsmith refines and purifies gold. This week we’ll explore how the mind is refined by understanding how to balance three qualities that all need to work together. With Metta, James
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2015-08-20 "Refinement of Mind, Part 1" 52:59
  James Baraz
One way to think of dharma practice is as a path of purification. The talk uses a discourse by the Buddha's as a way to describe this process. We can see how, little by little, over time we are purifying the mind and heart. The key is to keep facing in the right direction as we develop increasingly wholesome thoughts, words and actions.
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2015-08-13 "Exploring the 3rd Through 5th Factors of the Noble 8 Fold Path: Wise Speech, Wise Action and Wise Lively Hood" 59:10
  Kate Munding
Tonight, at the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, I'll be continuing the series on the Noble Eightfold Path. Last week I spoke about the first two path factors, wise view and wise intention. We'll continue this Dharma by exploring the 3rd through 5th factors, wise speech, wise action and wise lively hood. This section of the path is the cultivation of virtuous harmony and is seen as a purification of our body, speech and mind. I'll be relating this to how we interact and communicate with others. We'll do a lot of experiential practice this evening to strengthen our ability to act from a place of wisdom, connection, and harmony. I hope you'll join us!
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2015-08-06 "The Courage to Cultivate Wisdom" 56:09
  Kate Munding
Tonight I will start a short series on the Eight Fold Path (listed below). This quintessential list from the Buddha is a guide to ending our stress, suffering and unsatisfactory overlay on life. It is the path towards true happiness and freedom. The suggested reading is: "The Noble Eight Fold Path, The Way to the End of Suffering" by Bhikkhu Bodhi See: http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/noble8path6.pdf This will be discussed during the next Dharma talk.
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2015-07-30 "Four Years of Compassion College" 53:43
  Nipun Mehta
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2015-07-23 "The Dharma is Medicine" 51:29
  Carol Cano
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2015-07-16 "On the Subject of Faith" 61:35
  Kate Munding
Tonight I will be giving a talk on the subject of faith. The Buddha talked about the different types of faith and how, as our practice evolves and our heart-mind becomes more clear, it is our verified faith that becomes a source of strength and refuge in the face of difficulty and life challenge. Unlike blind faith when one relays on what others tell them, the Buddha taught that we should “see for ourselves”, through practice and inquiry, what is truth and worth having faith in. We’ll explore all of this tonight.
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2015-07-09 "Exhaustion From a Neurotic Mind" 65:34
  Kate Munding
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2015-07-02 The Nature of Aversion 61:27
  Kate Munding
The Nature of Aversion; Why we have it, when it’s helpful, and when it’s not. I’ll focus on the nourishing and healing aspects of turning towards the stuff that agitate, irritate, and even repulse us. We’ll explore how important this is to the awakening of our happiness and greater understanding.
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2015-06-25 "Seeing the Big Picture" 53:49
  James Baraz
"The key to equanimity is a spaciousness that holds all of our dramas in widest perspective. This talk was inspired by the film Planetary."
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