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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
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2011-12-15 Cultivating a Bodhisattva Heart 55:06
James Baraz
We don’t have to wait to take Bodhisattva vows to practice the Bodhisattva attitude of being there for another’s suffering. In this talk we explore principles and practices to cultivate compassion—the heart of the Bodhisattva ideal—including 1) developing a caring heart towards those we may not feel an affinity and 2) holding the pain we feel at another’s suffering with wise discernment.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2011-12-08 Seeing Beyond Appearances 47:44
James Baraz
Bay Area musician, composer and dharma student Ben Rivers speaks about what it’s like to live with severe disability from Parkinson's and Lyme diseases. He shares about his life as we explore seeing beyond appearances, relating to someone who seems different as not so different, with their own unique gifts and challenges.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2011-12-01 Balancing Contentment With Aliveness 48:39
James Baraz
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2011-11-17 The Buddha's Discourse on Blessings 49:53
James Baraz
Not missing all the goodness and blessings in our life as an aid to true well being and happiness. The talk is based on the Buddha's Mangalam Sutta, which is also known as the Discourse on Blessings
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Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2011-11-10 From Cynicism to Love 42:08
James Baraz
When our hopes for a better world or better personal life are dashed, we can become cynical and begin to assume that forces of greed and hatred will win out over forces of consciousness and love. How can we keep our hearts open in the face of personal and societal disappointment?
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2011-10-27 The Race between Ignorance and Consciousness: Good or Bad News?” 53:31
James Baraz
James reviews a number of things that are right with the world.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2011-10-20 Everyday Mind is the Way 54:29
Norman Fischer
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2011-10-06 Understanding Sankhara 40:56
Tempel Smith
A practical and wise exploration of ways in which our wanting things to be static and unchanging, especially with regard to our mental and emotional patterns, limits our lives and creates suffering. The evening ends with a discussion.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2011-09-29 Love and Consciousness as a Verb 64:17
Julia Butterfly Hill
Love and Consciousness as a Verb
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

2011-09-22 Reflections on the Four Noble Truths. 62:31
Alexa Ouellette
Reflections on the Four Noble Truths.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks

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