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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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2014-10-09 "A Moment of Freedom: Interrupting Negative Thoughts." 58:56
Even though we know that jumping on a particular thought train might lead to trouble in the mind, we can still hop on. How can we wake up and more consciously choose before taking the leap?
IMCB Regular Talks
2014-09-25 "Behind is Just a State of Mind" 57:27
The external pressure to accomplish and keep up we may feel from others is usually not as burdensome as the internal pressure we put on ourselves. How can we see through this self-created suffering and live our life with more ease?
IMCB Regular Talks
2014-09-18 The Contagion of Goodness 51:02
Just like anger and fear are contagious so is goodness. In fact, that is our true nature and there's a place in us that longs to come home to it. We just have to tune into all the goodness around us to remember.
IMCB Regular Talks
2014-09-11 Sudden Awakening/Gradual Cultivation 49:16
Does awakening happen all at once or over time? Both. Even after one has an awakening experience there is still more work to be done. This talk explores awakening and the purification of habits that is an essential part of that process.
IMCB Regular Talks
2014-08-21 The Secret Instruction To Open Your heart And Deepen Your Mindfulness Practice 48:56
You're probably very familiar with the power of mindfulness. But as powerful as it is to just see things clearly, we can include a perspective that will bring richness and depth to our dharma practice.
IMCB Regular Talks
2014-08-14 What Will You Do With Your Wild And Precious Good Karma? 53:39
The fact that we're given a human birth is exceedingly rare in itself. But to hear the Dharma, and be motivated as well as have the opportunity to practice is extraordinary good karma. Reflecting on this brings gratitude and provides a strong incentive to practice for the benefit of all beings.
IMCB Regular Talks
2014-07-24 Seeing Everyone as Your Benefactor 48:48
We learn from everyone who comes into our life--those that inspire and those who are challenging. If our intention is to wake up, then everyone can be seen as part of our process. This profoundly changes our relationship to all. Even the difficult ones are no longer the enemy.
IMCB Regular Talks
2014-06-19 "Finding What Your Looking For" 51:58
Our preconceptions and assumptions have a significant effect on how we perceive reality--what gets taken in and what gets filtered out. A rich area of practice is being aware of this so that we truly see clearly to the best of our ability. As we bring more awareness to our filters, we can also see others' Buddha nature inside them, and help it come out, even if they can't see it themselves.
IMCB Regular Talks
2014-06-05 Devotion in Dharma Practice, Part 2 48:14
Although devotion plays a significant role in Monastic Communities and Tibetan practices it's not something that's often discussed in lay communities. Yet devotion can be a major source of inspiration which can fuel our practice.
IMCB Regular Talks
2014-05-29 Devotion in Dharma Practice 52:41
Although devotion plays a significant role in Monastic Communities and Tibetan practices it's not something that's often discussed in lay communities. Yet devotion can be a major source of inspiration which can fuel our practice.
IMCB Regular Talks

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