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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.
2009-09-03 Wise Attitudes In Practice 60:07
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Labor Day
2009-08-10 Intersecting Realities 58:10
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.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2009-07-21 What's Not Wrong...Mudita, Uplifting States and Looking for the Good. 65:10
How mudita (sympathetic joy) and uplifting states are supports for wise effort.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2009-06-05 Faith and Confidence 43:01
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Practice in Difficult Times
2009-02-20 Faith In The Dharma 60:39
Faith is one of the Five Spiritual faculties. This talk explores the elements of faith, sources of our faith and the ingredients we bring to deepen our trust and faith in the Dharma.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation February
2009-02-16 Practice As A Path Of Happiness 64:28
One aspect of Wise Effort is maintaining and increasing wholesome states that have arisen. This is supported by being present for the wholesome state without clinging. How to integrate wholesome states such as sincere intention, gratitude, being compassionate with suffering, and others into our practice is explored.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation February
2009-02-10 A Meditative Instruction: Relaxed, Interested, Kind Awareness 59:40
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation February
2009-02-04 The Grace Of Suffering 60:00
Suffering is often what brings people to the Dharma as well as opening us up to resources inside we didn't know were there. Looking at hindrances and difficulties in this way allows us to relate to them wisely and realize the gifts that they bring and the ways they help us grow.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation February
2009-01-12 Learning To Open To Experience 62:07
A central attitude of dharma practice is learning to open to experience instead of the typical contraction of grasping at pleasant or aversion towards unpleasant. Qualitites of opening include forgiveness, patience, sense of humor, presence and loving kindness are explored.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2007-12-07 Devotional Practice 1:53:34
Spirit Rock Meditation Center CDL DPP Reunion Retreat

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