Series Talks by James Baraz

The Sutta Series

Appropriate Response at the Tipping Point

This series was inspired by the Spring 2012 issue of Inquiring Mind, entitled Earth Now. In addition to reading this issue, especially the interview with Joanna Macy: “Woman on the End of Time,” James suggested these readings: Ernest Callenbach’s essay “Epistle to Ecotopians” and Bob Doppelt‘s bookFrom Me to We: The Five Transformational Commitments Required to Rescue the Planet, Your Organization, and Your Life.

7 Factors of Awakening

The 7 Factors of Awakening are the Buddha’s list of qualities that need to be developed in order to fully awaken. This eight-week series begins with an overview of all 7 Factors followed by a discussion of each individually in greater depth over the coming weeks. Besides exploring them theoretically, James encourages us to take them on as practices as we go through the weeks seeing how we can consciously cultivate them and bring them into our daily lives.


This series is based on the Fall 2010 issue of The Inquiring Mind, which focuses on “Enlightenment.” The October talk provides an introduction to the topic. Part 1 focuses on the classic Theravadin meditative path to freedom, including progress of insight and stages of enlightenment. Part 2 discusses the sudden awakening path in various Buddhist schools. Part 3 focuses on non-Buddhist perspectives from the Advaita (non-dualist) philosophy. Part 4 explores the Path of Devotion or Bhakti path as a vehicle for awakening.

Breaking the Chains of Craving

This series is based on the Spring 2010 issue of The Inquiring Mind, which focuses on “Addiction.” James offers practices between sessions, such as experimenting with letting go of a simple habit in order to see the conditioning and to experience the aliveness of the present moment. For example, not reading or watching TV while eating. Includes lively comments and discussion from the sangha. Part 4 features Kevin Griffin, author, teacher, and innovator in the field of addiction treatment, who guest-edited the Addiction issue of Inquiring Mind. Kevin’s website

Refuge in the Sangha

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