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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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2008-09-11 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life #6: Working With Anger 53:31
This talk is continuing our series with Chapter 6 of Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. The theme is “Working with Anger” specifically cultivating Patience.
IMCB Regular Talks
2008-09-04 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life #5: Not Causing Harm, Gathering Virtue, And Benefiting Others 47:10
The talk is about the next chapter 5 of Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life. This chapter is about the three disciplines: not causing harm, gathering virtue, and benefiting others. The title is translated has been translated as Vigilant Introspection or Guarding Alertness.
IMCB Regular Talks
2008-08-28 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life - part 4: Using Our Intelligence 53:55
The chapter we'll be exploring is Awareness, what Pema Chodron calls Using Our Intelligence. It has also been translated as Carefulness. The theme is how we can use wise attention to prevent us from getting caught in afflictive emotions (kilesas or kleshas). Even when we know better we may still find ourselves going down a road of action we will later regret. This chapter is how as bodhisattvas we deepen our commitment to refrain from unskillful action.
IMCB Regular Talks
2008-08-14 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life - part 3: What Are We Committing To? 47:03
Part 3 of Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. Commitment. Just what are we committing to when we decide to become bodhisattvas. One stanza from this chapter is as follows: “For all those ailing in the world, Until every sickness has been healed, May I myself become for them The doctor nurse, the medicine itself.”
IMCB Regular Talks
2008-08-07 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life - part 2: Preparing The Ground 56:57
This is the second chapter of Shantideva's "Bodhisattva's Way of Life" and discusses the importance of developing an attitude of reverence and devotion as well as purifying our past actions in order to plant the seed of awakening in fertile soil. We’ll be discussing not only the ideas but ways to incorporate them in your dharma practice.
IMCB Regular Talks
2008-07-31 Bodhisattva's Way Of Life - part 1: Benefits Of Bodhicitta 59:54
I just received teachings with the Dalai Lama last week on the topic, I'm going to start a series on Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life. This is one of the Dalai Lama's central teachings. As he says, "If I have any understanding of compassion and the practice of the bodhisattva path, it is entirely on the basis of this text that I possess it."
IMCB Regular Talks
2008-07-03 Why Do Intensive Retreat Practice? 55:52
Why would you do a silent meditation retreat? This talk explores the value and experience of silent retreat practice. Along with James, Kate Janke, who returned from sitting a month at the Forest Refuge in Barre, Massachusetts, a few days before this was recorded, shares her thoughts and personal experience of retreat practice.
IMCB Regular Talks
2008-05-22 Buddhadharma As A Path Of Happiness - part 10: The Ease Of Being 52:33
This is number ten in a ten-part series on Buddhadharma as a Path of Happiness. This series covers the ten principles discussed in James' Awakening Joy Course from a dharma perspective.
IMCB Regular Talks
2008-05-15 Buddhadharma As A Path Of Happiness - part 9: The Mystery Of Connection 50:36
This is number six in a ten-part series on Buddhadharma as a Path of Happiness. This series covers the ten principles discussed in James' Awakening Joy Course from a dharma perspective. James's dog "Pal" died this week.
2008-05-07 Buddhadharma As A Path Of Happiness - part 8: How Compassion Awakens Joy (includes reflections on the cyclone in Burma) 49:04
This is number eight in a ten-part series on Buddhadharma as a Path of Happiness. This series covers the ten principles discussed in James' Awakening Joy Course from a dharma perspective.

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