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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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2024-02-10 Wise Effort: Balance and Cultivating Wholesome States (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:13
Wise Effort points to the importance of balance as well as the weakening unwholesome and cultivating wholesome states. This talk explores both aspects of this key practice issue.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Insight Meditation Retreat--1 Month
2024-02-04 Opening to the Whole Show (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 58:27
The Journey of Awakening is a process of discovering all the beautiful qualities that are uniquely expressed through you--the Buddha within that you take refuge in. It also involves understanding all the habits of mind that get in the way--including our fears, resistance, and identification with our experience. This talk describes the importance of opening to all of these places we usually hide from and the beneficial qualities that support that journey.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Insight Meditation Retreat--1 Month
2023-09-04 Closing Session (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:40:58
with Eve Decker, Howard Cohn, James Baraz, Terry Vandiver, Tuere Sala
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight Retreat
2023-09-03 Transforming Suffering into Happiness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:05
The Buddha said our suffering is caused by three activities of mind: greed, hatred, and delusion. And he said that the source of all happiness is rooted in their opposites: non-greed, non-hatred, non-delusion. This talk explains how our practice transforms that suffering into the true happiness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight Retreat
2023-09-01 Morning Sit with Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 61:13
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight Retreat
2023-08-31 Beyond the Comparing Mind (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:09
We have a deeply ingrained tendency to compare ourselves with others or with an idealized standard that is bound to create suffering in the mind. The Buddha called this tendency mana "the conceit of I am." When we through see through our identification with experience we open to a freedom beyond the comparing mind.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight Retreat
2023-08-31 Morning Sit with Instructions (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:14:53
with Howard Cohn, James Baraz, Tuere Sala
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight Retreat
2023-08-30 Opening Session (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 1:25:38
with Eve Decker, Howard Cohn, James Baraz, Terry Vandiver, Tuere Sala
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day Insight Retreat
2023-05-15 The Secret Ingredients of Dharma Practice 1:24:51
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2023-02-23 Devotion in Practice 69:12
Although devotion plays a significant role in Monastic Communities and Tibetan practices it is not something often discussed in lay communities. Yet devotion can be a major source of inspiration which can fuel our practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center February Insight Meditation One Month Retreat

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