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Retreat Dharma Talks

IMCB Regular Talks

Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley

2018-07-26 "Staying Present When Life Gets Hard" 54:33
Kate Munding
2018-08-09 "How to Practice When Life is Difficult." 53:17
Kate Munding
This is a practice that brings in ease to the mind and body, offering relief from our dukkha while also supporting more mental clarity to see through some of our confusion and aversion. It can be used for stress, grief, and being overwhelmed. It can also be used to prepare for more concentration and steady mindfulness when the mind or body is a bit stirred up.
2018-08-16 The Conflict Campaign: A Paradoxical Thinking Experiment in Israel. 48:37
James Baraz
James returns from his recent teaching In Europe and Israel. Besides his trip to the West Bank for a glimpse of Palestinian life, he shares a fascinating project: Israelis’ actually changed their attitude about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a marketing experiment called “The Conflict Campaign” based on paradoxical thinking principles.

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2018-08-23 'The Dharma and Nature' 54:45
James Baraz
One definition of the word Dharma is Natural law. Trees hold a very special place in the Buddha’s teaching.. The Buddha was born under a tree, enlightened under a tree and died under a tree. He told his disciples to find “roots of trees” to sit and meditate. Trees are the perfect environment to practice in the Thai Forest Tradition. Metta practice was taught by the Buddha in response to actions of “Tree spirits”. We’ll explore the special significance of trees and Nature in the Buddha’s teaching.
2018-09-13 "Changing Hearts and Minds" 50:43
James Baraz
2018-09-27 "Metta and It's Radiating, Stabilizing and Healing Qualities" 59:51
Kate Munding
"A response to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony to Congress which happened earlier in the day."
2018-10-01 "Playground of the Mind: Exploring Bhikkhu Analayo's Brahma Vihara and Emptiness Practices" 54:29
James Baraz
"This is a talk given at James Baraz's Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley." James recently sat with Ven. Bhikkhu Analayo, an extraordinary Buddhist scholar and meditation teacher. He shares some of the teachings and practices that he learned on the Brahma Viharas and how they can help lead to deeper perceptions of emptiness including infinite space and infinite consciousness. The talk gives a glimpse of the value of experimenting and playing with the mind. With Ven. Analayo's permission, James' takes us on a quick journey through some rather profound terrain. So let whatever your experience or non-experience be okay. For a deeper dive into the material the listener is referred to Ven. Analayo's book: Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation: Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation.
2018-10-04 "The Third Precept: Trauma, Respect and Cultural Wake Up" 62:22
James Baraz
The Third Precept is: I undertake the training precept to refrain for sexual misconduct. After Christine Blasey Ford's moving testimony at the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, this talk explores this cultural moment together. The impact of sexual assault, importance of courage, especially of women, to speak the truth in the face of animosity and criticism and the power of fierce compassion are discussed.
2018-10-11 "Equanimity: Finding Balance In Difficult Times" 62:10
James Baraz
2018-10-18 The Power of Sangha + Moving Letter from Australia 54:38
James Baraz
James and Kate Munding, co-guiding teacher of Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley co-led this evening exploring the power and importance of like-minded friendship and community especially in these times. At the beginning of the talk James reads a moving letter written to the community by a 31-year old woman from Australia named Stephanie whose story of sexual assault James shared in his talk from two weeks before entitled: "The Third Precept: Trauma, Respect and Cultural Wake Up". See:
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