The greatest gift is the
gift of the teachings
 
James Baraz's Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
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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2017-12-01 Day 4: Morning Sit with Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 56:24
Magic of Awareness
2017-11-30 The Magic of Awareness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 64:48
Mindfulness is one particular aspect of awareness that is shining through us all the time. As we tune into awareness, we connect with a spacious perspective that counteracts the solidification of a small separate self and opens us to connection with all things and true freedom.
Magic of Awareness
2017-11-29 Day 2 - Morning Sitting w/ Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 42:54
Opening up the field to include physical and mental experience.
Magic of Awareness
2017-11-28 Day 1: Morning Sitting with Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 40:50
Stabilizing the mind using Awareness of health.
Magic of Awareness
2017-11-27 Setting the tone for Magic of Awareness Retreat (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:22:02
Magic of Awareness Opening Night
Magic of Awareness
2017-11-06 From Me to We: How Inter-Connectedness Manifests Intra-personally, Interpersonally and Societally (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 40:42
We are not separate from the rest of life. This is true in a very real sense biologically. We are an ecosystem with countless microorganisms in our body keeping us alive. Our relationships and need to belong determine whether we suffer or experience well-being. And when groups gather and are aligned a field of positive energy can be created where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Waking Up Together
2017-11-04 Day 3: Guided Meditation Q&A (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:16:23
Basic meditation instructions including breath, body, sounds as well as working with emotions and thoughts
Waking Up Together
2017-11-02 Refuge in Sangha (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:42
The Buddha said keeping the company of like-minded friends is one of the most important way to cultivate wholesome qualities in ourselves and that good friends are "the whole of the holy life." In this Waking Up Together retreat we explore why this is so and why Sangha is considered a "jewel", one of the Three Refuges in the teachings.
Waking Up Together
2017-09-03 "Hatred Never Ceases by Hatred" (Retreat Version) (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:46
With so much greed and hatred and cruelty in our world, it is easy to react with anger and ill will; but that only adds to the negativity. There is a better way to respond and bring more consciousness to this situation leading to effective action.
Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat
2017-09-02 Day 3 Metta Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 29:29
Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat

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