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Retreat Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

IMCB Regular Talks

Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

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2010-09-02 Spiritual Activation Part 2 60:09
Julia Butterfly Hill
One of our big blocks is our addiction to comfort.
2010-09-09 Personal and Global Responsibility 46:04
James Baraz
Personal and Global Responsibility
2010-09-16 How We Hold Ourselves with Others 45:45
James Baraz
The ability to let go of the past and to forgive depends on how we hold ourselves with others. This talk explores how we affect others and how we can move to a greater connection.
2010-09-23 Compassion is a verb 30:21
James Baraz
Caring for the earth 10/10/10
2010-09-30 On Religion and Politics and/or (Politics and Spirituality) 53:28
Wes Nisker
On Religion and Politics and/or (Politics and Spirituality)
2010-10-07 What Changes As We Practice 62:04
Anna Douglas
2010-10-14 From Tibet to the United States: Phagyab Rinpoche describes his life, travels, challenging times and insights. 65:55
Phagyab Rinpoche
Note: This talk begins and ends with his chanting. Phagyab Rinpoche is a lama, scholar, and highly renowned practitioner in the Gelugpa order of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in Kham, Tibet, in 1966 and ordained at the age of thirteen, Rinpoche received a rigorous traditional education in Buddhist philosophy and ritual in Tibet and then at Sera Monastery in South India. While studying for his Geshe degree, the highest rank in Tibetan Buddhist scholarship, he was recognized by the Dalai Lama as the eighth reincarnation of Phagyab Rinpoche—a venerated Buddhist teacher—and was requested to return to Tibet in order to assume leadership of the Ashi and Lithang monasteries, the traditional seats of Phagyab Rinpoche. While teaching in Tibet, Rinpoche was apprehended for his religious beliefs and subsequently fled back to India before immigrating to the USA in 2003.
2010-10-21 The Big E. What does it mean to you? 50:25
James Baraz
2010-11-04 Ascending and Descending Movements of Dharma Practice + Buddhist Global Relief 1:11:40
Bhikkhu Bodhi
Bhikkhu Bodhi discusses the Five Spiritual Faculties, the ascending factors that lead toward enlightment and the Four Brahma Viharas, the descending factors that lead toward engagement in the world.

Following the dharma talk, Kim Behan, Executive Director of Buddhist Global Relief, gives a presentation on the founding, goals, and projects of the organization. Buddhist Global Relief is a Buddhist organization dedicated to providing relief from poverty and hunger among impoverished communities worldwide. Read Bhikkhu Bodhi's provocative essay that led to the founding of BGR: “A Challenge to Buddhists”

2010-11-11 Munindra: Teacher of Teachers 54:34
Mirka Knaster
Mirka discusses her book Living This Life Fully: Stories and Teachings of Munindra about the meditation master who first taught Dipa Ma, Joseph Goldstein, and many of our western dharma leaders. Munindra was a pivotal figure in the transmission of Dharma to the West and the resulting mindfulness movement.
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