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James Baraz's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley
James Baraz
I try to convey that the wisdom and compassion we are looking for is already inside of us. I see practice as learning how to purify our mind and heart so we can hear the Buddha inside. In doing so, we naturally embody the dharma and help awaken that understanding and love in others we meet.
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2018-03-02 "Getting Perspective On Our Perspective" 59:20
The Buddha taught, "We are what we think with our thoughts we make the world." It important to understand how our thoughts create our reality. And it's also vital to realize that our reality is just the way we're seeing the world at a particular moment in time. Others may have different realities. And in time our own perspective might change. Seeing this is a key to genuine freedom and support for choosing wisely the thoughts we want to empower.
IMCB Regular Talks
2018-02-22 “Facing the Unacceptable Without Burning Out” (James was on retreat this day but invited guest speaker Suzie Brown for the talk. 56:25
"How the Dharma urges us to take wise action to try to change the wrongs that we see in our world." ------------ Suzie Brown has recently moved with her family from Melbourne, Australia. She is co-founder of the Melbourne Insight Meditation Group and has taught Mindfulness to medical students at Monash University. Suzie has also been a facilitator, trainer and educator for over a decade in the areas of environmental sustainability and organizational strategy, running her own consulting business for the last 8 years.
IMCB Regular Talks
2018-02-01 "Belonging" --- (James was on retreat this day but invited two guests speakers for the talk: Rene Rivera and Fresh! White.) 49:55
(James was on retreat this day but invited two guests speakers for the talk: Rene Rivera and Fresh! White.)
IMCB Regular Talks
2018-01-25 "Struggling is Extra" 56:13
IMCB Regular Talks
2018-01-18 Special Guests: Harold Hedelman, Lee Ballance and Mary Selkirk from Citizens Climate Lobby, which is one of the most respected environmental organizations. 53:17
IMCB Regular Talks
2018-01-04 "Three Principles for Living a Good Life" 53:03
This talk was inspired by Frances Vaughan, a true woman of wisdom, who recently passed. Frances was a pioneer in the field of Transpersonal Psychology, served as President of both the Association for Transpersonal Psychology and the Association for Humanistic Psychology, authored many books including Awakening Intuition and The Inward Arc. At her recent memorial service we heard the three main principles that guided her life. The talk contained a moving short video of her life that can be accessed here: https://vimeo.com/246379817 (password: GratitudeDec9).
IMCB Regular Talks
2017-12-28 "Reflections of the Past ---- Facing the Future" 42:14
IMCB Regular Talks
2017-12-07 "Looking At Your Life Through a Dharma Lens" By James Baraz and Kate Munding 46:27
IMCB Regular Talks
2017-11-16 "The Multiplication of Courage" 51:04
Courage is contagious. Nelson Mandela spoke of the "multiplication of courage": When one brave person is willing to speak the truth, even though it might be met with strong resistance, it can spark another voice in the wilderness to do the same. And then other voices can be inspired to join in too. That is often how dramatic change can happen.
IMCB Regular Talks
2017-11-09 "We are all Connected: Interconnectedness Within and Between Us" 62:58
The Buddhist concept of Anatta points to the fact that there is no separate self to whom life is happening. We are inter-connected. This talk explores different levels of this truth. As individuals, biologically we are not one being but rather a complex ecosystem comprised of many different beings. We are connected to each other through our relationships. And we are societal creatures who form groups. In the best of conditions those groups sometimes create an extraordinary field where the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts.
IMCB Regular Talks

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