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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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2014-02-22 Wise Speech, part 2 44:35
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2014-02-22 Wise Speech, part 1 22:06
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2014-02-19 Heart Practices in Difficult Times 4 - Compassion 2 57:46
We look at the importance of the different parts of our practice - intentions, ethics, mindfulness, wisdom and grounding in the body - for responding to difficult situations- individual, interpersonal and related to the wider world. We then look at how to develop and practice compassion in difficult situations.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-02-12 Heart Practices in Difficult Times 3: Compassion 62:10
We explore compassion and practice to help us respond to difficulties particularly pain and suffering. We examine the distinction between pain and suffering, the nature of compassion, receptive and active compassion, the shadow of compassion and some types of compassion practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-02-05 Heart Practices in Difficult Times 2: Forgiveness Practice 2 & Taking Difficulties as Practice 62:00
We begin by identifying several supports for practices with difficulties and then explore forgiveness practice in further depth - with Q & A at the end.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-01-29 Heart Practices in Difficult Times 1: Forgiveness Practice 1 63:34
An introduction to forgiveness as an inner practice to work with reactivity toward self or others. Includes a guided practice and questions and response.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-01-19 Metta Practice in Our Everyday Lives - "Let Your Life and Practice Be One" 53:06
We explore (1) our individual metta practice - formal and informal 0 in our daily lives, (2) metta practice in the context of our many types of relationships, and (3) metta practice as service and action in our wider world.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta Retreat
2014-01-16 Metta and Forgiveness 57:19
Forgiveness practice is one of the family of "heart practices" and particularly valuable in relationship to difficult experiences, both interpersonal (or social) and in relationship to oneself. We look at forgiveness in the context of metta practice, exploring the dynamics of forgiveness through stories and core guidelines of forgiveness practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta Retreat
2014-01-15 Equanimity 40:33
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta Retreat
2013-12-18 The Winter Solstice, the Dark and the Light and our Practice 62:13
At the Winter Solstice, we can learn better to embrace the dark-in multiple ways, and to invite the light. Using poetry, stories and teachings, we explore how practicing with darkness and light can deepen and illuminate what Mary Oliver calls our one "wild, precious life."
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Solstice Retreat

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