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2020-06-18 Racism and White Privilege - Part 3: Working with Guilt and Shame 52:18
  James Baraz
The Buddha spoke of hiri and ottappa (Shame and Dread) as "The Guardians of the World." These are considered two wholesome states as they can prevent us from engaging in unskillful actions. But guilt and shame associated with internalized racism can paralyze us or put up walls of resistance. This is especially true if we take those feelings personally and blame ourselves for the cultural conditioning we're shaped by. How can we work skillfully with those natural and understandable reactions?
IMCB Regular Talks

2020-06-11 Racism and White Privilege with Special Guest Deb Kerr - Part 2 57:13
  James Baraz
We will continue our exploration of Racial Justice and White Privilege with Deb Kerr. who led us in a rich discussion last week. Deb is a core teacher at East Bay Meditation Center where she is a co-founder of EBMC and has served on the EBMC Board. Deb will offer teachings on how educating ourselves about race relates to and is an extension of dharma practice and how it connects the dots to the larger picture of systemic change.
IMCB Regular Talks

2020-06-04 Exploring Racial Injustice and White Privilege 64:09
  James Baraz
In the aftermath of the George Floyd tragedy and the protests that followed the community explores Racial Injustice and White Privilege. Special guest Deb Kerr, who is a Core Teacher of East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland. DE, who is one of EMBC's founders and has served on the EBMC Board has led White Privilege groups there.
IMCB Regular Talks

2020-05-21 Creating a Life of Integrity: In Conversation with Joseph Goldstein 64:29
  James Baraz
James invited Gail Stark to join him as his guest. Gail shares what it was like to spend 10 months practicing the 10 Paramis or Perfections under Joseph Goldstein’s guidance. Her new book, Creating a Life of Integrity: In Conversation with Joseph Goldstein, is a wonderful exploration of what it means to truly bring practice into your daily life guided by Joseph Goldstein, the ultimate Dharma coach.
IMCB Regular Talks

2020-05-09 Loss, Grief and Death: Impermanence in Pandemic Times 56:25
  James Baraz
The Buddha said to reflect each day on the facts of old age, sickness and death. He also said to to come to terms with the fact that everything and everyone near and dear to us will be separated from us. In these Covid-19 days our practice becomes letting go of what was and adjust to a new way of being. This practice of impermanence includes opening to loss, grief and death which is explored in this talk.
IMCB Regular Talks

2020-04-17 The Profound Implications of Interconnectedness 41:44
  James Baraz
"Talk for Pandemic Reality"
IMCB Regular Talks

2020-04-17 Finding Refuge 29:33
  James Baraz
"Talk for Pandemic Reality"
Dharma and Yoga Training Program 2020

2020-04-17 Fear or Love: We Have a Choice 33:18
  James Baraz
"Talk for Pandemic Reality"
IMCB Regular Talks

2020-04-16 Calling All Bodhisattvas 66:10
  James Baraz
"Talk for Pandemic Reality" Including Jack Kornfield's "The Bodhisattva Responds to the Virus"
IMCB Regular Talks

2020-03-05 Skillful Letting Go Practice for Intense Times 49:08
  James Baraz
In times of uncertainty and tension--whether a potential global pandemic, the climate crisis, high stakes election--it's easy for apprehension to become anxiety as we constantly are worried about what's to come. This talk explores how skillful letting go practices can help us maintain our centeredness while still being engaged.

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