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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
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2022-10-06 From Heartbreak to Compassionate Action 55:06
James Baraz
Kaye Cleave is a sangha member and film producer of the award-winning movie Catherine's Kindergarten. Catherine’s Kindergarten is the story of Kaye's emotional journey to confront her grief after the death of her only child, juxtaposed with her physical journey to a Nepalese mountain village to open a school in memory of her daughter. It is a truly moving experience. I'm proud to be part of Kaye's journey and in the film. Kaye will share some of her story of how the practice helped her process her grief and transform it into compassionate action. We share a clip of the movie and discuss the process of how we can turn heartbreak into meaning.

2022-09-29 The Time is Now: Engagement as Practice 49:39
James Baraz
Practice is more than stress reduction or finding calm within ourselves. A natural expression of a wise heart is the wish to relieve suffering not only in ourselves but in others and in our world. As Thich Nhat Hanh teaches: "Compassion is a verb."

2022-09-22 You've Got a Friend: The Buddha's Advice on Good Friendship 55:07
James Baraz
The Buddha said, "Good friends are the whole of the spiritual life." But what does it mean to be a good friend? In the Sigalovada Sutta the Buddha describes different kinds of friendship including what a true friend is, what it is not, and how a true friend supports you in your spiritual practice. We will explore being there with others in a way that helps you and them grow.

2022-09-08 Refuge in the Buddha Within 55:07
James Baraz
This talk explores the deeper meaning of "Taking Refuge in the Buddha." This is not simply honoring or being inspired by the historical figure who lived 2,500 years ago. Until we see the Buddha right inside of us we are missing the point of what that teacher was trying to have us awaken to. We will look at various teachings that point to discovering the Buddha within.

2022-09-01 Mindfulness - Loving Awareness of What Is 55:07
Eve Decker
Join Eve in an exploration and deepening of our relationship with the transformative power of mindfulness.

2022-08-11 Exploring Pathways to the Sacred 55:07
Alexa Redner

2022-08-04 The Five Buddha Families as a Map to Compassionate Action 1:31:35
Lama Dondrup
Guest Teacher Lama Döndrup offers a Shamatha and Vipashyana of Mahamudra meditation and a teaching on the 5 Buddha Families and how they can act as a map to skillfully guide one into action that is born of wisdom and compassion.

2022-07-28 Grounding in the Body: Exploring the First Foundation of Mindfulness 59:26
Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith
Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith is a MTI Certified Mindfulness Teacher and teaches regularly for Cloud Sangha and is a facilitator for Peace At Any Pace, Inc.’s Deep Time Liberation ancestral healing retreats. Her topic is the importance of grounding in the body, the Buddha's 1st Foundation of Mindfulness.

2022-07-21 Sangh and Kalayana 49:37
Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith
Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith is a MTI Certified Mindfulness Teacher and teaches regularly for Cloud Sangha and is a facilitator for Peace At Any Pace, Inc.’s Deep Time Liberation ancestral healing retreats. Ramona explores community and spiritual friendship.

2022-07-14 The Five Hindrances 62:19
Mei Elliott
This talk provides an overview of the Five Hindrances, afflictive mental states that obscure our inner wisdom. It covers how to practice with the hindrances by engaging mindfulness, curiosity and kindness, as well as how to apply antidotes. Mei Elliott is currently the director of San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center temple, where she lives and practices.

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