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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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2008-12-25 Giving Gifts And Listening To The Good News 68:38
Rev. Heng Sure
Rev. Heng Sure offers reflections on how to purify our minds. He gives methods of making the world a better place through skillful use of the mind. He shares his website and the “Acts of Kindness” project. The songs from his “Paramita” CD of American Buddhist Folk Songs ( invite us to do more good deeds in exchange for free music downloads. Rev. Sure also shares the “Daily Good” website that aggregates good news stories every day. Listen to his musical Dharma-teachings. (
2009-01-01 Buddhist Songs Of Enlightenment 62:19
Rev. Heng Sure
Rev. Heng Sure uses his 12 string guitar and a beautiful singing voice reminiscent of Bill Monroe to interpret three songs from a variety of Buddhist traditions about the process of enlightenment. The first is called the "Ballad of Yashodhara;" and gives voice to Prince Siddhartha’s agonizing choices as he prepares to renounce the householder’s life. His resolve to defeat impermanence compels him to say goodbye to his beloved wife and venture into the unknown in search of awakening. The second song is the entire Mahamangala Sutta, "The Buddha’s Teachings on Blessings.” Rev. Heng Sure invites the assembly to sing along with the Buddha’s advice in response a deva who comes asking Buddha how to live correctly and wisely. The third is a selection of verses from Tang Dynasty Chan Master Master Yongjia's “Song of Enlightenment.” Rev. Heng Sure tells the interesting story of this monk's certification by the Sixth Chinese Patriarch. Heng Sure's tells the story in a down-to-earth fashion. The song itself expresses Yongjia's understanding of the Buddha Nature within. The first verse goes: "Don't seek for the true; don't cut off out the false. Know that false and true alike are gone without a trace. Now not a trace itself is gone; then empty emptiness: You've found the Thus Come One's true mark where nothing can't exist."
2009-01-08 Emotional Awareness 53:28
James Baraz
An introduction to next week's (1-15-08) guest Paul Ekman, psychologist, leading expert on human emotions and facial expressions and co-author with the Dalai Lama on the recent book Emotional Awareness
2009-01-15 Highlights From The Conversations Between The Dalai Lama And Paul Ekman On Emotions And Compassion 65:25
Pauk Eckman
A talk about forgiveness and compassion that includes recorded excerpts of discussions with the Dalai Lama. In the talk, a theory about the origins and nature of compassion is presented.
2009-01-22 Barack Obama's Inauguration In The Context Of Dharma Practice 50:02
James Baraz
2009-01-29 "Letting In The Love" 57:36
James Baraz
On transmitting and receiving love.
2009-02-05 Different Kinds Of Meditation Techniques And Their Use 57:04
Richard Shankman
A talk about various meditation techniques and their efficacy.
2009-02-12 Charles Darwin's 200Th Birthday 63:33
Wes Nisker
2009-03-05 Opening to the Heart's Tender Spot 48:30
James Baraz
Some thoughts upon returning from the February retreat at Spirit Rock.
2009-03-12 Relaxed Awareness 59:40
James Baraz
This is a three part series of talks on James’ basic meditation instructions: “Receive the moment with a relaxed, interested and kind awareness.” Note: The first talk of this series was not recorded. Therefore this is a talk on the same topic that James gave during the month-long retreat at Spirit Rock on 2/10/2009.
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