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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.
2009-09-17 Eve Decker: Talk and Song of the Importance of Self Love 55:33
Eve Decker: Talk and Song of the Importance of Self Love
IMCB Regular Talks
2009-08-27 Being the Awareness 50:48
While the mind has many thoughts and confusing tendencies that cause suffering, there is a pure awareness that is our true nature holding it all. We’ll explore staying in touch with this reality while we are navigating through the confusions of mind.
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2009-08-13 The Buddha's 5 supports for practice 53:31
IMCB Regular Talks
2009-08-06 Intersecting realities 55:12
We are each the star of our own movie. Practice invites us to honor every member of the cast of characters in our life, remembering that they have their own reality. And through it all we can wake up from the dream.
IMCB Regular Talks
2009-07-30 The Woman at the Well 57:49
Ananda, the Buddha's disciple, while on a mission for the Buddha, requested water to drink from a woman of low cast. The woman protested out of fear that her low caste would contaminate Ananda's holiness; to which Ananada replied, "I ask not for caste but for water." A version of the Buddhist text of this story is available here:
IMCB Regular Talks
2009-07-16 On Metta 53:09
This talk is a version of the talk James will be giving at the upcoming Metta retreat at Spirit Rock.
IMCB Regular Talks
2009-07-02 You Never Know... 54:28
You Never Know...
IMCB Regular Talks
2009-06-25 Contentment 53:37
IMCB Regular Talks
2009-06-11 Reflections on our Deepest Truths 54:16
James reflects on his connection to Ram Dass and his teacher, Karoli Baba.
IMCB Regular Talks
2009-06-04 Verses on the Faith Mind by Seng-T'san (3rd Zen Patriarch of China), part 3 56:43
Tonight James finishes his series on the Faith Mind by the 3rd Zen Patriarch of China. One of the most meaningful lines in this section is: ”To live in this (highest) realization is to be without anxiety about non-perfection.” Cultivating that attitude is a key to freedom. To let ourselves be perfectly imperfect.
IMCB Regular Talks

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