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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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2011-02-17 Working with the Judging Mind 64:30
A reflection on the comparing and judging mind highlighted with stories and readings. Includes a useful practice based on a quote from the 3rd Zen Patriarch: "The burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness." The evening ends with a brief discussion with the sangha. This talk was also given at the February 2011 month-long retreat at Spirit Rock: Working with the Judging Mind

IMCB Regular Talks
2011-02-03 Enlightenment Part 4 52:07
James continues his series on Enlightenment by exploring the Path of Devotion or Bhakti path as a vehicle for awakening.
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2011-01-27 Enlightenment Part 3 54:43
A presentation of non-Buddhist perspectives on enlightenment through stories and quotes of Advaita (non-dualistic) teachers such as Ramana Maharshi, Poonjaji, Eckhart Tolle, and Adyahshanti. The talk ends with a brief guided meditation.
IMCB Regular Talks
2011-01-20 Enlightenment Part 2. 54:15
Enlightenment: It's already here...and right now.
IMCB Regular Talks
2011-01-13 Enlightenment Part 1. 54:22
The classic Theravadin meditative path to freedom, including progress of insight and stages of enlightenment.
IMCB Regular Talks
2011-01-06 What really matters 54:52
IMCB Regular Talks
2010-11-18 Reflections on Bhikkhunis 51:27
James examines some of the recent history surrounding Bhikkhunis and Western Buddhist practice.
2010-10-21 The Big E. What does it mean to you? 50:25
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2010-09-23 Compassion is a verb 30:21
Caring for the earth 10/10/10
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2010-09-16 How We Hold Ourselves with Others 45:45
The ability to let go of the past and to forgive depends on how we hold ourselves with others. This talk explores how we affect others and how we can move to a greater connection.
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