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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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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
2014-12-18 Practicing with Darkness and Light 57:27
At the time of the winter solstice, we explore, through teachings, stories, and poetry, how we can embrace the dark - in stopping and being still, in opening to the unknown and to mystery, in being with difficulties, and in creativity and the coming of what is new - and open to the light, as it emerges from the dark.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Solstice Retreat
2014-12-10 Race, Racism, and Spiritual Practice 1 69:15
We examine, in the context of contemporary concerns about racism, how we relate teachings about suffering, compassion, transforming ignorance, courage, and skillful action to our responses to racism. We also look briefly at the history of race and racism, and suggest ways of responding to racism individually, relationally, and collectively.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-12-03 Practicing with Craving, Greed and Grasping 69:35
In the context of the teachings of the Four Noble Truths and of generosity, gratitude and Dependent Origination, and our previous practices. We explore the nature of craving, greed and grasping and how to practice to explore and transform these qualities.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-11-26 Gratitude 59:09
We explore the nature of gratitude and offer a number of forms of gratitude practice. We cover different expressions of the nature, what we're grateful for, being grateful even for difficulties, and the challenges of gratitude practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-11-19 Generosity 63:40
We explore the important of generosity practice (including how it appears in different cultures), focusing on low it counteracts greed (especially), hatred and delusion. We suggest a number of practices for the next week.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-11-09 The Third Foundation of Mindfulness Daylong 40:37
The Third Foundation #2: Further Instructions and Ways of Practicing Based on the Text
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Moving Into Meditation: Working with Hindrances through Mindful Yoga (4-week class series)
2014-11-09 The Third Foundation of Mindfulness Daylong 41:01
The Third Foundation #1: Initial Instructions, Key Terms, and Ways of Practicing
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Moving Into Meditation: Working with Hindrances through Mindful Yoga (4-week class series)
2014-10-31 Widening Circles-Practicing Metta in Everyday Life, in the World 63:10
We explore ways to bring the formal practice and spirit of metta(loving kindness) into our individual, relational and collective practice in the world; with some suggestions, poems and stories.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta (Lovingkindness) Research Retreat
2014-10-28 How Metta Practice Works 58:42
After exploring the nature of Metta practice, we focus on how Metta practice increasingly helps us to meet each experience with our awakened hearts; develop in concentration, go through a kind of purification and integration of mind, heart and body; open to our heart's depth and bring our practice out into everyday life and the world.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta (Lovingkindness) Research Retreat

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