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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
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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.
IMCB Regular Talks

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.
IMCB Regular Talks

2016-12-15 “Make Peace with Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Your Inner Critic.” 57:52
  Mark Coleman
IMCB Regular Talks

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.
IMCB Regular Talks

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

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