"Mindfulness, the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience, is at the heart of what the Buddha taught.”
—Sylvia Boorstein

James Baraz

James Baraz is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. James started the Community Dharma Leader program, the Kalyana Mitta Network, is teacher-advisor to the Spirit Rock Family program and leads the Heavenly Messengers Training Program. He is the co-author of Awakening Joy ( and leads a popular online course by that name.

James has a new book out Awakening Joy for Kids with co-author Michele Lilyanna.

James is co-author with Shoshana Alexander of Awakening Joy (Bantam), which is based on the course. James has been focusing on Dharma and Climate Change in recent years and is an advisor to One Earth Sangha, a sangha website devoted to Buddhist responses to Climate Change.

Upcoming events with James Baraz
11/28/2016Connecting Mind and Heart
12/11/2016Equanimity: Finding Balance in Our Practice
1/28/2017February Insight Meditation 1-Month Retreat
3/24/2017Inspired by Change: How to Cultivate a Resilient Heart while Caring about Our Changing World
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