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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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2022-09-03 Metta Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 32:10
Some aspects of metta practice along with metta for self, loved one, neutral and all beings
Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat
2022-09-02 Morning Sit with Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:15
Opening the meditation filed to include breath, sensations and sounds
Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat
2022-09-01 Five Spiritual Faculties (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:06
A description of how the meditation practice unfolds
Labor Day Insight Meditation Retreat
2022-05-30 Metta for Self (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 38:01
Sometimes the hardest person to send metta to is oneself. This guided meditation invites us to see ourselves through a loved one's eyes to see who we really are.
Awakening Joy and Wellbeing
2022-05-29 Including body sensations and sounds in the field of awareness. (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 57:58
After establishing our anchor or home base in the meditation we can expand the field beyond the breath to skillfully include other body sensations and sounds.
Awakening Joy and Wellbeing
2022-05-28 Awakening Joy as a Practice (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:17
In his teaching on The Four Wise Efforts, the Buddha taught us to maintain and increase wholesome states (kusala) when they arise. This talk explains how to make that a central part of our practice.
Awakening Joy and Wellbeing
2022-04-11 Your Practice is Not Just for You - Monday Night Dharma Talk 50:57
2022-02-24 Your Practice is Not Just for You (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:10
Your practice affects everyone around you. When you see your practice in this wider context, it evokes a whole dimension of inspiration and “joyful responsibility“ to cultivate wisdom and compassion within us. In this world with so much suffering—including the climate crisis and injustice in the world—more than ever we need to keep this in mind and see ourselves as “bodhisattvas in training“.
February Insight Meditation 1 Month Retreat
2022-02-21 Guided sit with brama vihara (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 55:54
February Insight Meditation 1 Month Retreat
2022-02-18 Equanimity 61:32
Equanimity is on many lists is thee teachings--always the last on every list which shows it's importance as the culmination of the mind that can be with all things. Cultivating a balance and centeredness in the midst of our joys and sorrows we can know the peace that the Buddha encourages us to experience.
February Insight Meditation 1 Month Retreat

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