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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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2020-05-26 Tuesday Morning Dharmette and Instructions (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:36
The Magic of Awareness - Online
2020-05-24 Transforming Suffering Into Happiness (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 60:15
Every momnet of mindfulness we are planting seeds of non-greed, non-hatred and non-delusion the basis of true happiness. This talk explores how that works and the bigger implication for our lives.
The Magic of Awareness - Online
2020-05-24 Sunday Morning Dharmette and Instructions (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 49:17
The Magic of Awareness - Online
2020-05-22 Friday Morning Dharmette and Instruction (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 48:13
The Magic of Awareness - Online
2020-05-21 5 Spiritual Faculties: How the Practice Enfolds (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:11
Meditation and Dharma practice can be understood as a natural process of developing five qualities starting with Faith/Trust and culminating in Wisdom. This talk describes how that process unfolds.
The Magic of Awareness - Online
2020-04-30 Your Practice as a Gift to Others (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 44:49
Our own centeredness and kind awareness becomes one the greatest gifts we can offer others who are in distress. Without fixing or changing our compassionate presence is healing and a source of our own inner well-being, especially when we do't identify with being "the helper".
Centering: The Gift to Ourselves and Others - Online
2020-04-29 Wednesday Morning Instructions (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:00
Centering: The Gift to Ourselves and Others - Online
2020-04-28 Finding Your Center (Online Retreat at Spirit Rock) 47:22
How can we find balance in the times of great distress? The process of first connecting with out experience, then holding what's here and finally accessing that place of peace and spacious awareness that can hold it all are discussed. Practices to help find our center are offered.
Centering: The Gift to Ourselves and Others - Online
2020-02-23 You Are Loving Awareness (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:27
Mindful awareness creates spaciousness for love to naturally shine through -- your true nature. The talk includes reminisces of Ram Dass, major benefactor of the insight meditation community, who passed away Dec. 2019 and whose practice was "I am loving awareness."
February Monthlong
2020-02-21 Day 20 Afternoon Instructions: Mudita (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 50:01
February Monthlong

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