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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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2008-09-10 Practicing Wise Speech In Difficult Conditions 56:42
What resources and perspectives help us to practice wise speech when the conditions are difficult? We focus especially on developing a strong "container" (both internal and in the community), and on learning better to work with difficult thoughts and emotions, in the context of speech, giving a number of stories and examples.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness, Wise Speech and Nonviolent Communication
2008-09-08 Listening And Speaking From The Heart 58:49
In cultivating wise speech, we train in many capacities. Among them is training to listen and speak with an open, loving heart. We explore the nature of the open heart and training in lovingkindness. We then examine what it means to listen, both generally and in speech, and what it means to speak from the heart, including reflection on some typical distortions of such speech.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness, Wise Speech and Nonviolent Communication
2008-09-06 Wise Speech And The Path Of Liberation 64:16
For this retreat on wise speech, mindfulness, and non-violent communication, we begin with examining the place of wise (or "right") speech in the Eightfold Path, and how it is linked to training and development in wisdom, ethics, and meditation. We then reflect on the importance for this path of speech, and the four ethical guidelines for speech given by the Buddha: (1) truthfulness, (2) helpfulness, (3) warmth/kindness, and (4) appropriateness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness, Wise Speech and Nonviolent Communication
2008-09-03 Renewing Our Practice - Reflections On A Mountain Retreat 54:49
How do we keep our practice fresh? If we are stuck, how do we renew our practice? Reflecting on a just completed time of retreat, we explore four ways of renewing our practice: (1) finding ways to touch our deeper motivations, (2) cutting through habitual psychological patterns, (3) grounding further in the body, and (4) touching our awakened qualities.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2008-05-26 Five Guidelines For Practicing With Conflict 46:54
We explore five aspects of bringing our practice to conflicts - inner, interpersonal, group, or social: 1. At the heart of such practice is transforming reactivity and responding skillfully. Also crucial are different ways of: 2. grounding and centering in the body, 3. resting in the heart, 4. maintaining a non-dual vision, and 5. continuing to be deeply engaged and acting without attachment to immediate outcomes, once we have acted responsively.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Path of Engagement
2008-05-21 Maintaining A Sense Of Vision And Practice In The Midst Of Conflicts 58:12
Why is it so difficult to bring practice into situations of conflict? We look at five reasons for these difficulties, each of which suggests an aspect of our practice in the midst of conflicts. We then explore some resources for nondual conflict transformation, particularly the middle way of the Buddha and a "both-and" vision for working with conflicts.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Path of Engagement
2008-05-14 Self And Not Self III 57:31
Transformation Beyond the Constricted Self After a review of teachings about not-self, and an exploration of the ways that the self appears as an overlay on, or constriction of, the flow of experience, we look in this final talk at what si there when a constrictive self is absent: 1) individuality without identification, 2) awareness, 3) wmptiness of phenomena and self, and 4) compassion and responsiveness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2008-05-07 Self And Not-Self - part 2 61:10
We first review the basic teachings on self and not-self, exploring the possible confusion and the paradoxes, as well as the teaching of the five skardhas. We then explore three main forms through through which the self appears.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2008-04-30 Self And Not-Self - part 1 61:15
Is there a self?? To explore these questions is to enter the territory of paradox. We investigate how to understand both conventional and conceptual approaches to self....
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2008-04-09 Mindfulness Of The Body, III 67:19
Mindfulness of the body goes against the grain of our culture yet is fundamental for most of us to bring awareness, compassion and wisdom to daily life. We explore some of the transformation possible through mindfulness of the body.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

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