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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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2017-07-19 Dharma in the Holy Land 1 1:12:08
In the first of two talks reflecting on just returning from five weeks of teaching and traveling in Israel/Palestine, we start to explore two themes: (1) identity in the context of Buddhist teachings about anatta and the experience of being with many people in Israel with very similar East European Jewish ancestry; and (2) how to understand, be with, respond to, and transform unresolved and tragic historical trauma and suffering, found both with Jewish Israelis and Palestinians both in Israel and the occupied territories. A second talk will continue this exploration.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-06-07 Committed Action, Non-Attachment to Outcome 2 (Drop-in Program at Spirit Rock) 67:39
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-06-01 Four Steps in Transforming the Judgmental Mind 1:10:14
We explore one model of how we follow the trail of judgments, studying them closely, and eventually accessing their generation by (relatively) unconscious limiting beliefs. At a later point, the transformation of these limiting beliefs and the integration of such transformation in daily life become possible.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center (Angela Center) Transforming the Judgmental Mind
2017-05-16 Committed Action, Non-Attachment to Outcome (Santa Fe, NM) 64:43
We explore a powerful teaching found in variants in many traditions, from the Gita to Chuang Tzu to the book of Job to the teachings of the Buddha to Gandhi. This teaching could be expressed as bringing together, paradoxically, committed action and non-attachment to outcome. The Gita and Gandhi spoke of disciplined action without attachment to the fruits of the action. The Buddha pointed out the ways of getting attached through the Eight Worldly Winds. We explore the nature of the teaching and some ways to practice it, as well as what a mature expression of the teaching looks like. There is also discussion.
Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha
2017-05-09 Bringing Our Practice to Our Current Crises: Training in Wisdom, Meditation, and Ethics (Santa Fe, NM) 69:01
An overview of the importance and nature of engaged practice in our times, using the traditional Buddhist framework of training in wisdom, meditation, and ethics. We point to what such training means traditionally as well as to several aspects of each of these dimensions of engaged training.
Santa Fe Vipassana Sangha
2017-05-03 Deepening Daily Life Practice 3--Further Foundational Practices 63:58
After a brief review of the first two sessions in this series, we explore three foundational practices for deepening daily life practice, first (1) grounding in awareness of the body, and (2) taking challenges (internal and external) as practice. We then explore experientially (3) a practice of stabilizing in mindfulness and then carrying out an activity with as much awareness as possible, then returning to mindfulness, then bringing awareness to another activity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-04-26 Deepening Daily Life Practice 2--Developing a Broad Sense of Practice 66:14
We continue to explore a number of ways to deepen practice, here particularly focusing on having a broad view of practice, that includes formal meditation, but brings in many dimensions of practice, some traditional, some more contemporary. We explore evolutionary perspectives on the nature of contemporary practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-04-19 Deepening Daily Life Practice 1--50 Ways of Deepening 59:35
We explore a number of ways to deepen daily practice, inviting each participant to choose one or two (or three) ways to deepen for the next week.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-04-17 Loving-Kindness: Cultivating the Open and Wise Heart 2:43:08
Loving-kindness is the practice of cultivating a warm, open heart towards ourselves and others. First session on first day.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-04-10 The Shared Heart of Buddhist Practice and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Nonviolence 1:11:40
At a time when there is a great need for us to have a sense of practice in all the parts of our lives—our individual consciousness, relational life, and social engagement—we explore the powerful vision of integrating Buddhist practice and traditions of nonviolence; each has its strengths and weaknesses. We do so by pointing to the shared heart of Buddhist practice and the nonviolence of Martin Luther King, Jr.—identifying four main areas: (1) the “optimistic” view of the deep goodness of human nature, (2) the understanding of reactivity and “passing on the pain” as the roots of dukkha (or suffering) and violence; (3) the grounding in an ethics of non-harming and nonviolence; and (4) the centrality of lovingkindness (metta) and love that is ultimately extended to all.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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