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Dharma Talks given at Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
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2019-09-12 A Lineage of Goodness: Ode to Benefactors 54:53
James Baraz
A talk about how our benefactors impact us, wisdom and love they pass on from their benefactors and how we transmit those beautiful qualities to others who pas it on as well. No one "owns" those qualities. Rather we are part of a lineage of goodness.
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-09-05 Like Fish in Water - Being White in a Racist World 62:46
Debra Kerr
How can dharma practice help white people in becoming more aware of the suffering of racism, both in seeing the pervasive ways it effects people of color, as well as the ways it keeps white folks from being truly free??? This talk will cover the universality of "othering," and how we might use wisdom and compassion to work our way past our ingrained conditioning.

2019-08-29 Exploring Fear 62:38
Ernest Isaacs
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-08-22 Community Practice Questions & Answers 60:26
Kate Munding
this Dharma talk is a Q&A style talk collecting practice questions and then weaving them together.
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-08-22 Tenderness Meditation 36:57
Kate Munding
The tenderness practice instructions during the meditation is a form of metta and compassion practice. It's one that helps ease the nervous system, hold difficulty and stress with care, and cultivates a kind attitude towards our mindfulness practice.
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-08-15 The Truth of Suffering 56:32
Kate Munding
This week will conclude my series on the Three Truths of Existence, aka The Three Characteristics. So far we've explored the truth of impermanence and what it would be like to fully live from the understanding that all of nature, including us, is in constant flux. The last time I was there, we explored the second truth, not-self. We unpacked it's meaning and talked about how it fits with this spiritual path, as well as how it can inspire us in our day-to-day. This week we'll continue the conversation by including the third truth, the truth of suffering. This will be a pointing out teaching to better understand how we feed our cycles of stress, unsatisfactoriness, and unhappiness. We'll also look at how we can untangle and even uproot the habits and patterns in our mind that support such unhappy living and nurture a more wise and peaceful way of being.
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-08-08 Dharmas Without Blame 40:52
James Baraz
With such disorienting events such as mass shootings in the news, how can we find our balance and hold things with equanimity, compassion and a wise dharma perspective. That is the theme for this talk.
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-07-25 Insight Meditation in 2019 57:48
Oren Jay Sofer
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-07-25 Samatha - Vipassana Guided Meditation 46:52
Oren Jay Sofer
IMCB Regular Talks

2019-07-18 Not Self 48:54
Kate Munding
I will continue talking about the three truths of existence, aka The Three Characteristics. Last week we explored the truth of impermanence and what it would be like to fully live from the understanding that all of nature, including us, in constant flux. This week I'll be talking about the second truth, not-self. This is a concept in Buddhism that is often miss-understood as no-self giving an impression of nihilism. We unpack the truth of not-self, how it fits with this spiritual path, and how it can inspire us in our day-to-day.
IMCB Regular Talks

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