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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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2012-08-08 Self and Not-Self V-A sequence of Training in Opening to not-self 48:58
After a review of our explorations of the last sessions, we outline a five-stage model for opening sequentially to more subtle aspects of not-self.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-08-01 Self and Not-Self IV- The Core Teachings of the Buddha Part II 57:55
After a brief review of past weeks, we examine the Buddha's basic teachings on self and not-self in terms of 1. the model of the "aggregate" of experience, 2. The link between a sense of self and conceptualization, and 3. practices to discern self and open to not-self.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-08-01 Guided Meditation on Self and Not-Self Part I 23:53
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-07-25 Self and Not-Self III-Three Ways of Practicing 64:16
We review briefly the last two talks and explore three ways of practicing: 1. Investigating self when it appears; 2. Opening to experiences of not-self; and 3. doing "heart practice" like lovingkindness and compassion to balance our being as we do more deeply.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-07-18 Self and Not-Self II-Five Varieties of Self 64:23
After a review of last week's overview of exploring self and not-self, we look at five aspects of self: 1. a more neutral sense of "mere I" 2. Cultural conditions to be a particular kind of self; 3. the social self related to others 4. the wounded or stuck self; and 5. the subtle aspect of separation from other things are person. We suggest practicing to explore these five varieties.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-07-11 Self and Not-Self-An Overview 61:17
We explore how the topic of self and not-self can be very confusing, for a number of reasons. We then present five perspectives for exploring this theme, a general way of making some sense of self and not-self and two initial practices to study 1. the sense of self, and 2. experience beyond limited senses of self.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-07-04 The Bodhisattva and the Second American Revolution: Reflections on the Fourth of July 62:58
We explore on this July 4th 1. The beauty and power of the vision of the 4th of democracy, equality, compassion, and happiness, 2. the contemporary problems that imperil the realization of this vision; and 3. a contemporary vision of addressing these problems and their inner and outer roots, inspired by the vision of the "new Bodhisattva."
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Annual People of Color Retreat: Deepening Your Dharma
2012-05-26 Practicing with Difficult Emotions and thoughts 56:56
We look at several ways to practice when strong, difficult emotions and thoughts are present. 1) Finding antidotes - ways to get unstuck if we are stuck; 2) mindfulness using various tools; and 3) wisdom.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening in Service and Action: A Study Retreat on Socially Engaged Buddhism
2012-05-23 Practicing with Views and Judgements in the Context of Service and Social Action 53:50
For many Western Buddhists, it is challenging and often confusing to know how to work with views, theories (whether spiritual or social) and the judgmental mind. We explore the nature of views and judgements and how to practice with them, especially in the context of service and social action.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening in Service and Action: A Study Retreat on Socially Engaged Buddhism
2012-05-22 Engaged Buddhism - Vignettes, Challenges, Possibilities 45:49
A second overview of socially engaged Buddhism is offered, through vignettes and stories of engaged practices, a discussion of some of the challenges of connecting inner and outer transformation, and a sense of the great creative possibilities of such an approach. With Q&A.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening in Service and Action: A Study Retreat on Socially Engaged Buddhism

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