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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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2012-03-14 Loving One's Enemies III 65:47
We bring in further practices and perspectives to help us work with "enemies" or "difficult persons" including various ethical, body, heart, and mind practices. We close by examining how we may sometimes project onto others our fragmented parts and thus use practice with enemies as opportunities to find greater wholeness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-03-09 Feeling-Tone and Its Importance for our Practice 58:08
We explore the pivotal practice of mindfulness of feeling-tone (vedana), by 1) understanding feeling-tone in the context of the teaching of dependent arising; 2) examining the nature of pleasant, unpleasant and neutral; and 3) suggesting a number of ways of practicing with feeling-tone.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long
2012-03-07 Loving One's Enemies II 57:21
We continue to focus on perspectives and practices to help us practice skillfully with those who seem difficult or "enemies." We give attention to further practices and some of the subtleties and complexities.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-03-04 Suffering and Freedom from Suffering 54:04
We explore the nature and roots of suffering, using in part the teaching of the Two Arrows to help distinguish "pain" and "suffering" linking the latter with reactivity. Being mindful of suffering and reactivity, and learning to experience pain without suffering opens us to greater freedom. We also explore further the nature of freedom and other ways that freedom may be experienced.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long
2012-02-22 Loving One's Enemies I 60:40
We explore the meaning of developing a love or loving kindness toward all, including one's "enemies," using both Christian and Buddhist resources. Four foundational practices are outlined: 1.Ffollowing ethical guidelines 2. Mindfulness 3. Metta, and 4. Wisdom practices to help contemplate emphathically the causes and conditions of difficult interactions.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-02-15 Holding Our Days with the Tenderness of Patience: Reflections from a Two-week Retreat 57:20
The talk, given immediately following two weeks of silent practice, explores themes of remembering what is important, mystery, doing and being, and awareness "open like the sky," connecting how we practice both in retreat and daily life.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-02-01 Deepening Daily Life Practice II 64:02
We continue to explore a number of ways to deepen practice in daily life, working with challenges difficulties, grounding in the body, working with intention, and practicing with speech and interaction as well as others.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-01-25 Deepening Daily Life Practice, I 67:38
We explore how our practice can come alive in the flow of daily life, focusing on some of the challenges as well as three areas: (1) Various supports for daily life practice, (2) the centrality of mindfulness of the body, and (3) taking difficulties and even suffering as opportunities for practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-01-13 Daily Life Practice 31:14
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta
2012-01-11 Fear and Lovingkindness 55:15
We explore the nature of fear and how metta is a powerful resource to work with and transform fear.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

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