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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.
2009-08-06 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.
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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:
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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.
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2009-07-02 You Never Know... 54:28
You Never Know...
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2009-06-25 Contentment 53:37
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2009-06-11 Reflections on our Deepest Truths 54:16
James reflects on his connection to Ram Dass and his teacher, Karoli Baba.
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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.
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2009-05-28 The Storytelling Monk, Swami Sarveshwarananda Giri 55:24
Affectionately known as “the Storytelling Monk,” Swami Sarveshwarananda Giri is a French-born Kriya Yoga teacher and founder of the Hariharananda Mission in the USA and in India, and the Ark of Love in South America. For the last sixteen years, he has traveled around the globe teaching Yoga, composing and chanting sacred chants, and providing education and shelter to poor children, widows, and senior citizens in India and South America.
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2009-05-21 Verses on the Faith Mind by Seng-Tsan (3rd Zen Patriarch of China), part 2. 59:16
Tonight James continues his discussion of Verses on the Faith Mind by Sengstan (3rd Zen Patriarch of China), his favorite piece of dharma wisdom. This week one of the lines from the passage is the source of Joseph Goldstein’s book One Dharma. "There is one Dharma not many; distinctions arise from the clinging needs of the ignorant."
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2009-05-14 Verses on the Faith Mind by Seng-T'san (3rd Zen Patriarch of China), part 1. 46:34
Tonight James begins a series on his favorite piece of dharma wisdom: Verses on the Faith Mind by Sengstan, otherwise known as the 3rd Zen Patriarch of China. This is one of the best treatises on the non-dual approach to practice. A few choice lines: “The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.” “To live in the realization is to be without anxiety about non-perfection.” During this series, James reads through the text and discusses how we can apply it in our lives. If you are interested in reading the actual text of this sutra Click Here.
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