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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
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2018-06-02 "Mindfullness: Freedom from Bias" 59:15
  Oren Jay Sofer
Oren Jay Sofer offered the talk this week at our IMCB Monastery. Oren is a a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council, a Nonviolent Communication Trainer, and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner for healing trauma. He is the founder of Next Step Dharma, and the author of the book, Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication.
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-05-24 “Cultivating a Mature Practice Through Sila.” 57:49
  Noliwe Alexander
"The Buddha spoke of Sila, the Pali word for Integrity or Virtue, as the foundation for inner peace and awakening."
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-05-17 "It's All in Your Mind" 63:43
  James Baraz
In the opening line of the Dhammapada the Buddha teaches: "We are what we think with our thoughts we make the world." Although we have limited control over what happens to us, we can hold our experience with a wise perspective that makes all the difference. Famed Buddhist writer Christmas Humphreys put it this way: "The one miracle this path has to offer is a change of heart." We can change our relation to experience and make the shift from suffering to clear seeing, wisdom and compassion. In this talk James sings a song he wrote in his 20's entitled "It's All in Your Mind".
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-05-10 "Clear Comprehension Part 2" 59:30
  James Baraz
In the Satipatthana Sutta (MN#10), the Buddha's discourse on mindfulness, the Buddha instructs us to contemplate mindfully, ardent and clearly comprehending each of the four foundations. "Clear comprehension" also translated as "clearly knowing" includes four areas of context for our mindfulness practice. In Part 1 we explored the first two elements of Clear Comprehension: "Clear Comprehension of Purpose" and "Clear Comprehension of Suitability of Action". In this talk we discuss the second two aspects: "Clear Comprehension in the Domain of Meditation" and "Clear Comprehension of Reality". With metta, James
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-05-03 "A New Dawn for the Dharma" 63:46
  James Baraz
James in a conversation with Dawn Mauricio, a fresh dharma presence based in Montreal. Dawn is in the current Spirit Rock Teacher Training and is also on the West Coast assisting some upcoming Spirit Rock retreats. James invited Dawn to share her perspective on how the Dharma might unfold in the coming years and her experience teaching as a young strong female voice and teacher of color.
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-04-26 "Voter Registration as Engaged Dharma Practice" 58:17
  James Baraz
James invited Barbara Gates, co-editor for 31 years of Inquiring Mind journal, to discuss how she brings her dharma practice to her voter registration work which is her service commitment for the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program. They discuss bridging the divide between you and those with a very different perspective including skillful listening, engaging with metta, curiosity, non-separation and commitment to making a difference in the world.
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-04-19 "Clear Comprehension Part 1" 51:40
  James Baraz
In the Satipatthana Sutta (MN#10), the Buddha's discourse on mindfulness, the Buddha instruct's us to contemplate mindfully, ardent and clearly comprehending each of the four foundations. "Clear comprehension" also translated as "clearly knowing" includes four areas of context for our mindfulness practice. In this talk the first two aspects of Clear Comprehension are explored: "Clear Comprehension of Purpose" and "Clear Comprehension of Suitability of Action."
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-04-12 "Remembering What We Know" 53:46
  James Baraz
Often our meditation practice helps us understand or see for the first time something that’s never been clear before. That experience of insight where exclaim to ourselves “Aha!” It can have a profound impact that genuinely shifts our perspective. However, even after this powerful glimpse of seeing with new eyes, the old habits and thought patterns still have their influence and we can forget what we know to be true. This is particularly frustrating and can lead to great doubt. How can we both honor our familiar old friend, confusion, and remember to access the wisdom in our new understanding?
IMCB Regular Talks

2018-04-06 "Buddhist Economics" 58:46
  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 guide 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

2018-03-29 Dalits Buddhist in India (formerly Untouchable Caste) 54:51
  James Baraz
Joining James to discuss his work is Gautham Prabu, co-founder of FSHM an NGO for social transformation whose work has primarily supported Dalits (formerly India's "Untouchable" caste) many of whom have become become Buddhist practitioners and the Tamil Buddhist Society based in Tamil Nadu, India. He is a member of International Network of En
IMCB Regular Talks

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