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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
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2017-03-16 With our guest Bhikkhu Bodhi: "Conscientious Compassion: An Engaged Dharmic Response to Forces of Greed and Hatred." 60:14
  James Baraz
Bhikkhu Bodhi, premier translator of the Pali Canon and social activist (founder of Buddhist Global Relief) joins James and Kate Munding. They and the community discuss how to respond wisely and Dharmically when those in power create policies that increase fear and suffering.
IMCB Regular Talks

2017-03-09 "This Fleeting World" 62:59
  James Baraz
In the Diamond Sutra, we are encouraged to see our lives in the context of impermanence this way: "Thus shall you think of this fleeting world: a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream; A flash of lightning in a summer cloud; A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream." This talk explores practicing when someone we know dies unexpectedly as happened to James this week.
IMCB Regular Talks

2017-03-02 "Connecting With the Enemy" 56:32
  James Baraz
With James Baraz and Sheila Katz, Ph.D.
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2017-02-24 "Beloved Community, Beloved Sangha" 53:39
  Kate Munding
IMCB Regular Talks

2017-02-16 "Listening Deeply" 52:47
  Kate Munding
IMCB Regular Talks

2017-02-09 "Anger and Hate...but here comes Kwan Yin" 58:16
  Kate Munding
IMCB Regular Talks

2017-02-02 "The Practice of Non Harming" 54:56
  Kate Munding
IMCB Regular Talks

2017-01-26 "What Are You Going To Do Now?" 48:18
  James Baraz
The swirl of political events with the new US administration have contributed to a culture of apprehension and anxiety for many as they adjust to this new reality. The question many practitioners are asking is what is the place of Dharma in this unfolding of events. What is Dharma and not Dharma? What is our responsibility? How does the political environment inform our Dharma practice? How does our Dharma practice inform our engagement in the world? The talk includes Bhikkhu Bodhi's essay Let's Stand Together that appears in the journals Lion's Roar and Buddhadharma.
IMCB Regular Talks

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?
IMCB Regular Talks

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.
IMCB Regular Talks

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