"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, helped create the Heavenly Messengers Training Program and is teacher-advisor to the Spirit Rock Family program and leads. He is the co-author with Shoshana Alexander of Awakening Joy: Ten Steps to Happiness 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 has been focusing on Dharma and Climate Change in recent years and is an advisor to One Earth Sangha,, a website devoted to Buddhist responses to Climate Change.

Upcoming events with James Baraz
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
4/9/2017Awakening Joy
Ajahn Amaro
Ayya Anandabodhi
Sally Armstrong
Guy Armstrong
James Baraz
Sylvia Boorstein
Eugene Cash
Debra Chamberlin-Taylor
Howard Cohn
Mark Coleman
Dana DePalma
Anna Douglas
Andrea Fella
Anushka Fernandopulle
Gil Fronsdal
Robert Hall
Will Kabat-Zinn
Jack Kornfield
Phillip Moffitt
Wes Nisker
Mary Grace Orr
Sharda Rogell
Donald Rothberg
Tempel Smith
John Travis
Spring Washam
Julie Wester
Diana Winston
Larry Yang