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James Baraz, MA Meditation teacher, creator of Awakening Joy course

James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978. He created the popular online Awakening Joy course, which he has taught to thousands of participants since 2003. He is the coauthor of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness, the book based on the course, as well as coauthor of Awakening Joy for Kids.

James is a cofounder and teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to expressing a Buddhist response to climate change. He has contributed blogposts to Huffington Post and his course, Awakening Joy, has been covered on

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