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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
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2018-08-09 "How to Practice When Life is Difficult." 53:17
  Kate Munding
This is a practice that brings in ease to the mind and body, offering relief from our dukkha while also supporting more mental clarity to see through some of our confusion and aversion. It can be used for stress, grief, and being overwhelmed. It can also be used to prepare for more concentration and steady mindfulness when the mind or body is a bit stirred up.
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-08-02 "Cultivating Compassion: Full of Grace and Mercy in the Mist of Suffering" 50:00
  Shahara Godfrey
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-07-26 "Staying Present When Life Gets Hard" 54:33
  Kate Munding
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-07-19 The Spirit of Play in Dharma: Enjoying Your Meditation Practice: 56:24
  Oren Jay Sofer
As a Zen teacher of mine used to say,"Life... very serious joke." Things can get real heavy sometimes - in life, and in contemplative practice. This talk explores the importance of finding some levity and enjoyment in our formal spiritual practice through the lens of play. Enjoy!
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-07-12 "The Concept of the Spiritual Home and the Question of What That Really Means to Each of Us Individually." 40:54
  Kate Munding
Is it something deep within, is it a feeling of familiarity and spiritual belonging, or is it a physical place or group of people?
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-07-05 "The Movement of Gross National Happiness: from the Kingdom of Bhutan." 55:00
  Della Z Duncan
Imagine an economy based on alleviating suffering and encouraging a thriving planet. Della Duncan, a Gross National Happiness (Bhutan) master trainer and alternative economist who teaches at the highly respected Schumacher College in England guides us in an exploration of Buddhist Economics through quotes, poems, and real-world case studies. We look at the stories and beliefs behind the numbers, challenge traditional assumptions, and integrate the insights with our own Right Livelihood journeys.
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-06-28 “Letting Go, Cessation and the Third Noble Truth” (James was on retreat this day so he invited guest speaker Suzie Brown for the talk.) 59:28
  James Baraz
Suzie Brown is from Melbourne, Australia. She’s co-founder of the Melbourne Insight Meditation Group and has taught Mindfulness to medical students at Monash University. Suzie has also been a facilitator, trainer and educator for over a decade in the areas of environmental sustainability and organizational strategy.
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-06-21 “The Law of Kamma: How We Shape Our Lives Moment by Moment” 64:03
  Ajahn Chandako
Ajahn Chandako is the abbot of Vimutti Buddhist Monastery near Auckland, New Zealand and the Redwood Hermitage in Boulder Creek, CA. His interest in the teachings of the Buddha grew as he studied towards a B.A. degree in religious studies at Carleton College in the US. Wishing to devote his life fully to the teachings of the Buddha, in 1990 he ordained as a monk in the Thai Forest Tradition, in the lineage of Venerable Ajahn Chah. Ajahn Chandako then spent 15 years training with forest meditation masters throughout Thailand before establishing Vimutti Monastery in 2004. Ajahn is the author of numerous books and articles and regularly teaches in the United States and Asia.
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-06-14 Loving Goodness 53:37
  James Baraz
After seeing the movie "Won't You Be My Neighbor" about Mr. (Fred) Rogers, James offers reflections about how deeply we can be touched and inspired by the good we see in others. That capacity to be touched by and love goodness is, in some sense, the heart of spiritual practice. Something in us loves the truth and is drawn to goodness around us. And it makes us yearn to activate the good inside.
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-06-07 "The Teachings of Ajahn Chah" 54:45
  James Baraz
This month marks the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Ajahn Chah, one of the most influential Theravadan masters of the 20th Century from the Thai Forest tradition. Ajahn Chah was the primary teacher of Jack Kornfield, Ajahn Sumedho, Ajahn Amaro and other influential teachers. Ajahn Chah's teaching is a major influence on the Dharma as presented at Spirit Rock. This talk offers some reflections his approach to practice at once deep, fierce, down to earth, humorous and wise.
IMCB Regular Talks

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