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James Baraz and Awakening Joy

James has been a meditation teacher since 1978.

He is creator and teacher of the Awakening Joy course (since 2003).

He leads retreats, workshops and classes in U.S and abroad.

Co-founding Teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA.

Co-author of Awakening Joy, the book based on the course (with Shoshana Alexander) and Awakening Joy for Kids (with Michele Lilyanna).


He is a Guiding Teacher for One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to expressing a Buddhist response to Climate Change.

James lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, Jane. He has two sons and three grandchildren.


One Earth Sangha

Welcome to our virtual EcoDharma center supporting a global community in the path of engaged practice.



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