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James Baraz

James Baraz is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center. James started the Community Dharma Leader program, the Kalyana Mitta Network, the Spirit Rock Family Program and helped create the Heavenly Messengers Training Program. James has been leading the online course Awakening Joy since 2003. He serves as a guiding teacher to One Earth Sangha, a Virtual EcoDharma Center devoted to Buddhist responses to Climate Change. He co-authored Awakening Joy and Awakening Joy for Kids.

His books include Awakening Joy with Shoshana Alexander and Awakening Joy for Kids with Michele Lilyanna. For more information, visit awakeningjoy.info

View James's upcoming Spirit Rock programs.

Additional opportunities to practice with James:

Please support One Earth here, and Spirit Rock here.

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Michele Lilyanna's A Child's Letter to the Earth.


Featured Audio Talk
February 18, 2022 - Equanimity

These days when people ask, “How are you?”, if I’m honest I say, “When I think about my own life, I’m so incredibly blessed and grateful. And when I think about the world, my heart breaks for the sorrow and the suffering, as well as seeing the beauty in it.” To go even wider out, the Dalai Lama says, “If you truly see the way things are, world systems come and go.” Do your part—that’s all you can do. Equanimity holds the bigger perspective, where you’re not completely devastated by the sorrow, and not living in denial. Equanimity allows for it all.

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