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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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2012-04-05 When bad things happen to good people. 53:06
IMCB Regular Talks
2012-03-29 Anything can happen at any time. 47:30
IMCB Regular Talks
2012-03-22 Facing in the right direction 39:34
IMCB Regular Talks
2012-03-08 Letting Go of Spiritual Views 52:06
IMCB Regular Talks
2012-03-01 Gifts of Practice 51:11
IMCB Regular Talks
2012-01-26 Amazing Grace 48:48
Suffering is an integral part of life—the First Noble Truth. How is it possible that some people go through suffering and even trauma and, instead of becoming bitter or damaged, use it as a catalyst for deep compassion and awakening? Most people don’t realize they have the choice to work skillfully with regard to the challenges life gives them. This is one of the greatest blessings of practice. Consciously appreciating this blessing brings a deeper connection to practice.
2012-01-19 Embracing Resistance 54:40
When things don’t go the way we hoped, resistance is often a natural response. A key element in our practice is how we respond to that resistance. Of course accepting things as they are is an essential part of our practice. This includes accepting the resistance. But an even more powerful practice is actually embracing the resistance so that it becomes a direct doorway to freedom.
IMCB Regular Talks
2012-01-12 The Honeyball Sutta: The Source of Our Confusion and the Way Out 57:10
In this discourse the Buddha explains how we get lost in our stories through papanca or proliferation of thought. The talk focuses on how papanca works in our lives and how we can work with it to free ourselves of confusion.
IMCB Regular Talks
2011-12-15 Cultivating a Bodhisattva Heart 55:06
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.
IMCB Regular Talks
2011-12-08 Seeing Beyond Appearances 47:44
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.
IMCB Regular Talks

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