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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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2015-02-28 The Spiritual Journey 47:43
In the context of the beginning of a month-long retreat (and, for some, beginning the second month of a two-month retreat), we explore briefly the cross-cultural expressions of a spiritual "journey" or "path," and the typical stages of such a journey.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Insight 1 Month Retreat
2015-02-18 Thinning of the Self 3 67:32
After a brief review of the last two talks - on the general theme of "not-self" and two ways of practicing (opening to the flow of experience, examining the "thick" self) we look at further ways of practicing including being aware of the particular constituents without adding "my" and "mine"; cultivating heart practices such as lovingkindness, compassion, forgiveness and empathy and opening to a "pure awareness" what has been called in the Thai Forest tradition, the "primal" or "radiant" mind.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-02-11 Thinning of the Self 2 62:09
We look in more depth at two more ways to "thin" the self, to explore anath: 1. cultivating of "flow" and 2. examining several ways that there is a "thick" sense of self
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-02-06 Talk #4: Equanimity 52:16
An exploration of the challenges of connecting our mindfulness and heart practices, of how equanimity practice interpenetrates with the other three brahmavihara, of the nature of equanimity, and of some of the "near opposites" (or near enemies) of equanimity.
Tucson Community Meditation Center :  Awakening the Heart: Practicing the "Divine Abodes"--Lovingkindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity
2015-02-05 Talk #3: Mudita (Joy) 47:02
Tucson Community Meditation Center :  Awakening the Heart: Practicing the "Divine Abodes"--Lovingkindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity
2015-01-21 The Thinning of the Self 63:55
Insight into "not-self" (anatta) is one of the core aspects of wisdom. After briefly reviewing some of the challenges of understanding anatta, we look at four practical ways to explore anatta, through focusing on 1) everyday and meditative experiences of "flow", 2) studying the "thick" or strong sense of self when it appears, 3) practicing in other ways to "thin" the self, and 4) opening to awareness without a sense of self or identification with the contents of experience.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-01-18 Lovingkindness, Equanimity, and Daily Life Practice 67:42
In our practice, we aspire toward a kind of wholeness, with no part of our life left out. In this talk, we explore two ways of developing more of such wholeness - (1) through connecting metta with mindfulness and wisdom, here examined especially in connecting metta and equanimity; and (2) through connecting formal metta retreat practice to everyday life practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta
2015-01-15 Lovingkindness, Compassion, and Forgiveness 65:37
On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, we explore how to extend the awakened heart of Metta when there is pain or distress or difficulty. In particular, we examine the practices of compassion and forgiveness, with Dr. King's work and life as a reference point.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta
2015-01-07 Race, Racism, and Spiritual Practice 2 1:10:25
We continue to explore race and racism and how we respond to these through our practice. We focus on (1) the challenges of responding to collective suffering, (2) exploring the ignorance related to race and social conditioning on many levels, and (3) working with the various emotions and thoughts that arise in exploring race and racism.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-12-21 The Journey of Awakening 61:17
Using as reference points Mary Oliver's poem, "The Journey", the story of the Buddha's life, and our own experiences, we outline the archetypal stages of the spiritual journey from the taken-for-granted habitual life, to receiving "heavenly messengers" putting that life in question, to shifting our core life intentions, to working with challenges, to awakening, and, finally, to a return to the "ordinary" world.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Solstice Retreat

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