2025 Awakening Joy Course

James will, once again, teach his 5-month, signature course live via Zoom, starting January 28. Stay tuned for details.

2024 Awakening Joy Course

It's not too late to take the course at your own pace. All materials are available now through the end of 2024.

Introduction to Insight Meditation

A 6-week class series to help you establish an Insight (mindfulness) meditation practice in your life and understand the teachings upon which mindfulness meditation is based.

(Sept. 23 - Oct 28, 2024

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The Four Buddhist Heart Practices (Brahma Viharas)

A 4-week live online course to open the heart as a complement to Insight (mindfulness) meditation practice.

November 12 - Dec. 3, 2024
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Meet James

James Baraz

James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978 and leads retreats, workshops and classes in the U.S and abroad. He is the creator and teacher of the online Awakening Joy course, since 2003. He's also a co-founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. In recent years, he has also focused on dharma and climate change, and serves as an advisor to One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to Buddhist responses to climate change. His books include Awakening Joy with Shoshana Alexander, and Awakening Joy for Kids with Michele Lilyanna. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Jane, and has two sons and three grandchildren.