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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
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2023-05-25 Compassion - Why and How 50:37
James Baraz
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

2023-05-18 The Buddha's Teaching on "One Fortunate Attachment" 55:03
James Baraz
This discourse by the Buddha' is called "One Fortunate Attachment" (Majjhima Nikaya Sutta #131). Although the Buddha spoke of attachment as being the cause of suffering, he did teach there is one attachment that is wholesome and leads to the highest happiness. We will explore this wholesome attachment and see how it can be applied to everyday life
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

2023-05-11 Lovingkindness, The Foundation of Well-being Deliberately Cultivating a Warm Heart 25:58
Eve Decker
Join Eve Decker for an exploration of and practice with loving-kindness, the Buddha's teaching on cultivating well-being through warmth of heart.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

2023-04-27 SANGHA! In Person and Online, Our First Hybrid Gathering! 50:43
James Baraz
James and Eve are delighted to host the first in person meeting at the Berkeley Buddhist monastery since Covid changed our lives. In addition to a Dharma talk and exploration about Sangha, Eve brings her guitar and shares some music.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

2023-04-13 Meeting Difficult Emotions 50:43
Eve Decker
Eve Decker explores approaches to difficult emotions, using mindfulness and compassion. This work comes from the Mindful Self Compassion curriculum developed by Dr. Kristen Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

2023-04-06 The Secret to Bringing Out the Best in Others 49:43
James Baraz
Here is a practice that is the secret to bring out the best in others. It's a simple yet powerful practice that puts people at ease and helps awaken a feeling of trust, safety, and loving kindness. And it feels good for the person practicing it as well.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

2023-03-23 The Shift of Practice from “Doing” to “Being” 54:51
James Baraz
While it’s true that it takes effort to come back to the present moment each time the mind wanders, the most profound practice is when we let go of all effort and simply rest in the awareness that’s always here. This shift from “doing” to the complete relaxation of “non-doing” or simply “Being” is what the Tibetans call the deep and subtle practice of “Non-Meditation”.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

2023-03-09 Dis-Identifying from Thought Parts 1&2 67:36
Eve Decker
After sitting a month at Spirit Rock Eve explores the power of seeing the mind and how and why not identifying with its contents is a path to freedom.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

2023-03-02 The Cosmic Game of Hide and Seek 53:25
James Baraz
A classical text from Kashmir Shaivism entitled "Realization of Our True Heart" or Pratyabijñāhṛdaya, describes in a few lines how we and everything in physical form is simply an expression of Divine Play of the universe –what in Hinduism is called the lila or dance of consciousness. This talk explores one perspective of the Mystery, that which cannot be named.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

2023-02-23 Being with Experience Part 2 57:52
Alexa Redner
Alexa Redner continues her exploration from last week on what it means to really be with experience.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

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