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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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2012-04-19 Transforming the Judgmental Mind - An Overview 57:31
We situate the transformation of the judgmental mind in the context of the path of awakening - distinguishing reactive judgments from nonreactive discernment, clarifying why working with judgments is important and pointing to several ways of practicing with the judgmental mind.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Transforming the Judgmental Mind
2012-04-18 The Journey 58:06
We explore the metaphor of the "spiritual journey" to help illuminate phases of our practice, using three reference points: 1. Mary Oliver's poem, "The Journey" 2. The journey of the Buddha and 3. Our own individual journeys.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-03-26 The Bodhisattva: "Let Your Life and Practice Be One" 59:04
As we come near the end of a month or two months of retreat practice, we can reflect on how we might connect, as we enter the "world", our "inner" and "outer" practice. We can be inspired and energized by the figure of the bodhisattva, and by seeing the continuity of the core teachings and practices throughout all the parts of our lives.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long
2012-03-21 Awakening in Awareness 61:18
After an analysis of the roots of suffering based on the teachings of Dependent Arising, we explore two aspects of the path of awakening. The first aspect is about gradual awakening; the second is about immediate awakening in awareness, first momentary, then gradually stabilized.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long
2012-03-16 Concentration and it's Development in Practice 60:51
We explore (1) the nature of concentration: (2)the qualities developed in concentration practice; (3) how concentration practice (and practice in general) engenders a powerful process of purification of body, heart and mind; (4) the nature of wise effort in concentration practice (balancing active and receptive effort); and (5) the relationship of concentration and insight.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long
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

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