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2017-01-19 "Being a Sacred Warrior in These Tough Times" 49:13
  James Baraz
Martin Luther King Jr. said, "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." As we enter a time of uncertainty and, many are experiencing a swirl of emotions from apprehension and fear to anger and ill. How can we use our dharma practice to acknowledge and transform our negative emotions into wise effective response coming from understanding and love?
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2017-01-05 What Channel Are You Tuned To? (Note: This talk has some occasional sound distortion but it's worth it.) 50:52
  James Baraz
As the Buddha said, "We are what we think. With our thoughts we make the world." Our minds can go to the the greatest places of fear, anxiety and ill will or understanding, compassion and peace. When we're lost in confusion we have in us the capacity to remember the goodness and wisdom that our hearts long to connect with. This talk is about remembering that possibility and cultivating access to that Buddha right inside, especially when the outside world is giving us very different messages.
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2016-12-29 Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017: Reflecting on What We've Learned and Where We're Heading 59:14
  James Baraz
As we leave 2016 and open to 2017, how can we learn and grow from what's past and set ourselves in the right direction as we face an uncertain future? This talk includes recent Spirit Rock's Statement of Values: Spiritual Sanctuary and Refuge and the teacher meeting out of which it came. James reflects on his recent Huffington Post article "Holding Hands Together: From Helplessness to Empowerment." Finally, there is a ritual for letting go of the past and creating a wise intention for the future.
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2016-12-22 An Evening with Betsy Rose 56:17
  Betsy Rose
Betsy Rose, singer, songwriter and dharma teacher talks about her travels world wide this past year, what she learned and how to hold the current political climate.
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2016-12-15 “Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic.” 57:52
  Mark Coleman
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2016-12-08 "The Power of Equanimity" 56:49
  James Baraz
Equanimity not only helps us stay balanced in difficult times. It is a foundation for strong, effective response, especially in response to the forces of greed, hatred and power.
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2016-12-01 "Metta, Hatred and Forgiveness" 60:12
  Kate Munding
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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.
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2016-11-10 "Steadying Our Hearts and Minds: A Post Election Reflection and Healing Circle" 1:33:12
  Kate Munding
With Betsy Rose...
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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.
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