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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
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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

2016-09-15 Awakening Joy for Kids: Bringing the Dharma to the Next Generation 59:49
  James Baraz
James talks about the new book he co-authored with classroom teacher, Michele Lilyanna, and the importance of planting seeds of wisdom and compassion in the hearts of future generations.
IMCB Regular Talks

2016-09-08 "All It Takes Is a Moment" 48:23
  James Baraz
Even when we see how the mind and heart are contracted and caught, we might still be stuck. Seeing clearly how we're identified with the "story" doesn't necessarily reduce the suffering. It's a good and important start. The real shift occurs when, at some point, the heart releases and truly opens to access genuine metta.
IMCB Regular Talks

2016-08-25 "A Box Full of Darkness" 55:48
  James Baraz
Mary Oliver wrote: "Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too was a gift." When life brings us unwanted suffering it's sometimes possible to use the experience to deepen our wisdom and compassion, what has been called "grace disguised as obstacles."
IMCB Regular Talks

2016-08-18 "The Tall Poppy and the Shrinking Violet" 49:23
  James Baraz
Strong identification with self often leads to an insecurity that can manifest in two extremes: someone hungry for recognition, validation and praise or someone who is shy, lost in self-judgment, and afraid of being exposed as an impostor. Both of these are all too human. There is a middle path where one knows ones worth and appreciates their wholesome qualities while not identifying with them. This talk explores how practice can support a wise understanding that allows us to just be ourselves and know that is enough.
IMCB Regular Talks

2016-08-11 "Love!" 58:42
  Kate Munding
IMCB Regular Talks

2016-08-04 "She Appears! Encounters with Kwan Yin Goddess of Compassion" 54:46
  Sandy Boucher
IMCB Regular Talks

2016-07-28 "How To Be With Ourselves and Stay With the Difficult" 60:47
  Kate Munding
IMCB Regular Talks

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