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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
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2001-07-18 After The Honeymoon, The Marriage: Plateaus In Practice 65:46
  James Baraz
After our initial and excitement encountering the Dharma, reality hits us and our practice may appear to stagnate. How can we renew our inspiration and reawaken our enthusiasm for practice?

2001-03-29 Refinement Of Mind - part 2 60:08
  James Baraz
The Buddha explained how concentration, energy and equanimity work together to help purify a practitioner's mind over time. How can we wisely develop and bring to balance these qualities essential to waking up?

2001-03-22 Refinement Of Mind - part 1 63:45
  James Baraz
The Buddha's discourse on refinement of mind from the Anguttara Nikaya describes the process a practitioner experiences in moving from grosser types of attachment to more subtle and refined ones. This talk focuses on how the practice affects our thoughts, words and actions as we continue our journey of awakening.

2001-03-08 The Retreat Experience: Why Intensive Practice? 58:42
  James Baraz
Why do people go on intensive silent retreats? What is the process one goes through and how does it change us? This talk explores understanding how the retreat experience works?

2001-01-01 Learning To Love Yourself: A Bodhisattva Act 47:05
  James Baraz
An essential part of liberation is including ourselves in the love we aspire to cultivate for all beings. This becomes a gift we can model for others. Why is this such a difficult task? How can we develop authentic self-love?

2000-03-23 Losing It: How Being Humbled Can Lead To True Humility 56:49
  James Baraz
The experience of seeing the confusion in our minds as well as its unskillful expression in words and actions can be very humbling. How can we use our mistakes to deepen our practice and turn them into a noble humility that deepens our understanding and enriches our spiritual life?

1999-12-15 Generosity As A Source Of Happiness 62:15
  James Baraz
Why does generosity bring us joy? How can we consciously cultivate this wholesome habit that both acknowledges our interconnectedness and develops a heart that knows the power of letting go?

1999-11-01 Appreciation As A Source Of Happiness 61:16
  James Baraz
The practice of appreciation is an exercise in mindfulness, openness of heart and wisdom. Whether experience is pleasant or unpleasant, inclining our minds toward appreciation allows us to open to our joys and sorrows as valuable gifts that make each moment come alive.

1999-09-02 How Suffering Can Lead To Faith 55:40
  James Baraz
Although there is suffering - the First Noble Truth, the Buddha has taught that wisely processing our pain leads to greater faith, compassion and, eventually, the end of suffering.

1999-08-26 Truthfulness 53:01
  James Baraz
Truthfulness was the one quality the Bodhisattva possessed through all his previous lifetimes before his enlightenment. Telling the truth to oneself and others is a direct source of happiness and is the guiding principle for the spiritual journey.

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