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Donald Rothberg's Dharma Talks
Donald Rothberg
Donald Rothberg, PhD, has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976, and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice and the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook Graduate School, he currently writes and teaches classes, groups and retreats on meditation, daily life practice, spirituality and psychology, and socially engaged Buddhism. An organizer, teacher, and former board member for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Donald has helped to guide three six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality through Buddhist Peace Fellowship (the BASE Program), Saybrook (the Socially Engaged Spirituality Program), and Spirit Rock (the Path of Engagement Program). He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World and the co-editor of Ken Wilber in Dialogue: Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers.
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2017-11-15 Generosity 63:45
We look at the nature and importance of generosity, and how to practice and activate generosity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-10-09 Buddhist Practice, Nonviolent Action, and the Nonviolent Peaceforce (with Tiffany Easthom) 1:22:16
Donald Rothberg first gives an account of the connection between the core of Buddhist practice and the nonviolent traditions of Gandhi and King. He then poses the common critique of nonviolence—that it doesn’t work with dictators, authoritarian governments, and situations of pervasive violence, that “it wouldn’t work with Hitler,” while telling some stories of actual highly effective nonviolent resistance against the Nazis. Tiffany Easthom, the Executive Director of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, an organization working to protect civilians and foster dialogue in situations of violence, then gives an extended account of the organization’s work, with a PowerPoint presentation. She covers both the basic principles and strategies of the organization and a number of accounts of its work in various countries where there is violence, ranging from South Sudan to Syria to Myanmar.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-10-04 From Samadhi Practice to Insight Practice 61:48
After some further examination of the nature of samadhi practice, we look at the “three ways of seeing that liberate,” focusing especially on impermanence (anicca) and dukkha, with some attention to not-self (anatta)
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness: A Retreat for Experienced Students
2017-09-13 The Two Arrows 2 66:08
We review the core teaching of the Two Arrows in terms of individual practice, and then understand its application in the social context as exemplified by Dr. King's nonviolence.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-09-06 The Two Arrows 1 2:07:14
We explore the powerful teaching and how it might be understood and practiced, this week more in terms of individual inner practice, and next week, more in terms of interpersonal and social action.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-09-04 The Bodhisattva, Integration, and Next Steps 28:09
Near the end of the retreat, offering of some integrative reflections to help us each reflect on our next steps following our three-day retreat.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Buddhist Practice and Gandhian/Kingian Nonviolence Training
2017-09-04 Forgiveness Practice 51:10
A short talk on the nature of forgiveness, followed by instructions for one type of forgiveness practice, and then guidance in this practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Buddhist Practice and Gandhian/Kingian Nonviolence Training
2017-09-03 Forms of Meditation Practice in Nonviolence Training; Metta (Lovingkindness) Practice 46:39
First, there is a short account of the various types of meditative practice that complement more outwardly-oriented nonviolence training and that could constitute more inwardly-oriented nonviolence training. Then there is a brief introduction to metta practice, along with guidance in this practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Buddhist Practice and Gandhian/Kingian Nonviolence Training
2017-09-02 The Two Arrows and Nonviolence Training: Teaching and Guided Practice 28:49
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Buddhist Practice and Gandhian/Kingian Nonviolence Training
2017-09-02 Introductions & Overviews--Kazu Haga and Donald Rothberg 24:48
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Buddhist Practice and Gandhian/Kingian Nonviolence Training

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