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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
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2017-05-25 "Appreciating our Benefactors" 47:38
  James Baraz
It’s important to recognize and appreciate all the support we receive in our spiritual practice as well as in our lives. If practice sometimes seems like a solitary experience we’re not realizing all the ways that life has been supporting us. This can be an on-going rich source of inspiration in our spiritual development and growth. We’ll explore various practices and reflections to make this come alive.
IMCB Regular Talks

2017-05-18 "Courage: An Essential Quality of Practice" 52:25
  James Baraz
The Buddha spoke of waking up as going "against the stream" in order to see things with fresh eyes. One essential ingredient of the spiritual journey is courage required to grow and be willing to step outside of our comfort zones. Being a spiritual warrior means facing our deepest fears, dealing with loss, opening to the places inside we'd rather not see and trusting that your awareness can meet any moment that arises. We explore this topic in our dharma practice as it manifests on and off the cushion.
IMCB Regular Talks

2017-05-11 "Crazy Wisdom Meets Politics" 55:30
  Wes Nisker
IMCB Regular Talks

2017-05-04 "Emptiness is Everything" 65:46
  James Baraz
James introduces Guy Armstrong's dharma talk at IMCB.
IMCB Regular Talks

2017-04-27 "Relaxing Into Being, the Unfolding Journey of Somatic Meditation" by Adam Baraz. 63:29
  James Baraz
Adam Baraz, the son of James Baraz, was the speaker at the IMCB Sangha this night.
IMCB Regular Talks

2017-04-20 Celebrating Earth Day: Calling All Eco-Sattvas 54:39
  James Baraz
As Earth Day approaches we reflect on the preciousness and generosity of our wonderful planet, the current situation of climate change and how our Dharma practice can help us transform despair into meaningful and inspiring action.
IMCB Regular Talks

2017-04-13 Living in a World That's on Fire 53:26
  Ayya Yeshe
IMCB Regular Talks

2017-04-06 "The Role of Motivation and Intention" 54:25
  Kate Munding
Parts of this evening will be experiential as a means to get us directly in touch with our heart-based intentions that can help guide us through confusion and distraction and propel us in the direction of freedom in our heart and mind.
IMCB Regular Talks

2017-03-30 "The Problem With Being a Good Meditator" 53:57
  James Baraz
At times our meditation practice is a powerful delicious experience. The factors of awakening like concentration, calm, joy or equanimity may be strong. As wonderful as that is, the mind can easily grasp as if that were the real goal of practice. But when we're attached or take ownership of those states they become a trap--sometimes referred to as the stink of enlightenment--and we miss the true freedom that practice can reveal.
IMCB Regular Talks

2017-03-23 "7 Days in Darkness" Adam Baraz, James' son, shares his powerful experience of his recent Darkness Retreat in Guatemala. 59:41
  James Baraz
IMCB Regular Talks

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