The greatest gift is the
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James Baraz's Dharma Talks at Insight Meditation Society - Retreat 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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2017-10-13 Metta For the Difficult 48:19
Why wish happiness for those who've caused us or others suffering? How can we overcome our resistance or hurt to genuinely open our heart to them?
Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-10-10 The Trajectory Of Practice 63:32
The Journey from suffering - to hearing the dharma, to inspiration, to facing fear, acceptance of ourselves, opening beyond self to deep trust, freedom, and sharing our practice.
Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-10-03 Practice As A Path Of Happiness - Part 2 64:11
Continuation of the last talk: using intention, mindfulness, difficulties, and gratitude as supports to greater well being in practice.
Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-09-26 The Dharma As A Path Of Happiness 62:26
With so much focus on suffering and the end of suffering, it's sometimes easy to forget this is a path of happiness. The Buddha was called the happy one. This talk presents the teachings held in that perspective.
Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-09-23 Guided Meditation on Refinement of Mindfulness on the Breath 47:01
Bring a deep investigation of subtleties of experience of breath to aid in developing concentration and interest. Looking with care and sense of wonder so the mind is both curious and relaxed.
Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-09-19 Working With The Judging Mind 63:13
We can easily get lost in our self-judgements, believing them to be true. This talk explains how to work with judgements and see through them to wake up to who we really are.
Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-09-17 Morning Instructions - Shifting the focus of attention 45:16
Using breath sensations and sounds. How to turn attention from one to another with ease and attention.
Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2017-09-15 Introduction To Metta Practice - Self and Benefactor 50:05
Basics of Metta practice, including the first two categories of Self and Benefactor.
Three-Month Retreat - Part 1
2016-01-26 Turning Suffering Into Happiness 61:57
In every moment we have a choice of planting seeds of suffering or happiness. We can understand how to meet it skillfully.
IMS Staff Retreat 2016
2016-01-19 Being Your Own Authority 63:08
We can appreciate good guidance but ultimately we need to learn how to listen to the Buddha or Quan Yin right inside. Includes the Buddha's five strategies for dealing with distracting thoughts.
Mindfulness, Insight, Liberation: The Foundations of Mindfulness-Based Modalities and Research

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