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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
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2016-12-01 "Metta, Hatred and Forgiveness" 60:12
  Kate Munding
IMCB Regular Talks

2016-11-17 "Equanimity: Finding Balance In Difficult Times" 61:48
  James Baraz
In times of uncertainty and emotionally charged situations the teachings show us the power of equanimity–a balance of mind and heart. This is very different from a resigned quietism. Equanimity involves the courage to feel all our intense emotions and act from a balanced, committed heart.
IMCB Regular Talks

2016-11-10 "Steadying Our Hearts and Minds: A Post Election Reflection and Healing Circle" 1:33:12
  Kate Munding
With Betsy Rose...
IMCB Regular Talks

2016-11-03 "The Big Shift: Learning to Open to Experience" 65:49
  James Baraz
Our typical response to very negative or positive experiences is to contract in relation to them--either with aversion or attachment. The practice helps us cultivate a radical and much more skillful and profound relationship to them--having the courage and compassion to meet and learn from the negative as well as the wisdom to enjoy the positive while realizing its impermanence. This talk explores different qualities of heart and mind that help us do just that.
IMCB Regular Talks

2016-10-27 "How to Bring Wisdom and Compassion to our Communication" 61:56
  Kate Munding
I’ll be giving a talk on wise and compassionate communication. Taking our practice into our relationships and everyday interactions is often where the “rubber meets the road”. It’s not easy to stay mindful when we interact with others. It’s even harder when we are in conflict, overcome with emotions, or trigger by circumstance. Can we stay present and committed to speech that is honest, timely, and kind? We’ll explore it all.
IMCB Regular Talks

2016-10-20 "Schadenfreude: Working with Your less than Noble Thoughts" 57:21
  James Baraz
People in powerful positions can cause suffering and harm to others by spreading hate. It's natural and healthy to want to see them defeated. But what about when we actually enjoy seeing their misfortune and demise? How can we use a dharma lens to understand and hold those feelings?
IMCB Regular Talks

2016-10-13 "Resting the Mind" 58:10
  Kate Munding
IMCB Regular Talks

2016-10-06 "Finding Freedom Through Grief" --- The talk begins with this video about her trip to Nepal to build a school in honor of her daughter. 48:53
  James Baraz
How can we process deep pain and turn it into deepening compassion and understanding? Kaye Cleave shares her moving story with James and the community about losing her 18-year old daughter and finding a way to transform her grief into meaningful beneficial action. To view the video: Catherine's Gift, go to Youtube.com at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HILTuvNRXrg
IMCB Regular Talks

2016-09-29 "The Four Faults of Natural Awareness" 57:04
  James Baraz
James Baraz and son Adam Baraz discuss "The Four Faults of Natural Awareness", a Tibetan teaching (e.g.#1: "So close you can’t see it.") Adam presents the teaching and he and James discuss it with each other and community members.
IMCB Regular Talks

2016-09-22 "The Issue of Othering" 58:04
  James Baraz
Dedicated to the memory of Bob Kaneko, a dharma friend who recently passed away. As a child Bob spent years 4-8 in a Japanese Internment camp in California,1942-1946. This talk explores how easily we humans can unfairly treat and oppress those different from us. We see this daily in the media with hateful rhetoric stirring fears in many. How can we use practice to skillfully respond?
IMCB Regular Talks

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