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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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2015-12-23 Morning Qigong Guided Practice 27:31
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Solstice Retreat
2015-12-21 Dukkha and the end of Dukkha 59:44
After a brie account of the nature and centrality of "insight" in our practice, we focus on one core area of insight-studying and practicing with dukkha, interpreted as reactivity. Ten ways of such study and practice with reactivity are offered, leading to a deepening of non-reactivity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Solstice Retreat
2015-12-18 Practicing at the Winter Solstice with Darkness and Light 55:25
At this wonderful retreat time of the Winter Solstice, we explore ways that we might open to and embrace the darkness in a number of ways, note how darkness leads to light, and, as well, invite the light.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Solstice Retreat
2015-12-09 Studying and Practicing with Fear 2 62:38
We continue the investigation of the nature of fear, and the skillful ways to work with fear, both internally and externally, bringing in further emphasis on compassion, empathy, understanding and learning from those who have faced fear deeply.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-12-02 "One Who Set Out to Study Fear" 66:18
An exploration of the importance, personally and socially, of practicing with fear. We work especially with these tools: (1) mindfulness and the study of fear (What is fear? How does it manifest in the body, emotions, and thinking); (2) heart practices like metta and compassion; and (3) developing wise and skillful responses.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-11-11 Eight Ways of Studying and Transforming Reactivity 65:09
We expand last week's exploration of practicing with reactivity, identifying eight further ways of practicing with reactivity in its many manifestations--individual, relational, and social.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-10-07 The Urgency of Now - Connecting Inner and Outer Transformation 66:23
As we face multiple crises, yet also open to new transformations - inner and outer- a new type of spiritual practitioner is needed, who is able to connect inner and outer transformation. Echoing the Buddhist bodhisattvas, Jewish prophets, Jesus, many indigenous leaders, Gandhi, King, and Dorothy Day, among others, the "new bodhisattva" follows a new kind of training which is outlined.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-09-30 Practicing with Anger 64:39
After looking at the multiple sources of confusion about anger for western Buddhist practitioners, we examine a number of perspectives and ways of practicing with anger.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-09-23 New Beginnings: Falling Short, Re-Connecting 60:47
At this time of year (Harvest Festival, Yom Kippur etc.) of new beginnings and seeing where we have "fallen short" or want to forgive in some part of our lives, we go through a series of reflections, traditional and contemporary, leading to a re-dedication to our deeper intentions.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-09-17 Four Stages in the Transformation of the Judgmental Mind 61:42
We first cover an overview of the two main inter-related ways that transformation of the judgmental mind occurs: (1) mindfulness and investigation of judgments; and (2) cultivating awakened states, particularly through "heart practices." In this talk, we examine four stages of the first way: investigating and transforming judgments by first noticing them and becoming more mindful of them in terms of the body, core narratives, emotional energy, etc., and then going beneath the surface of judgments, revealing and transforming the underlying habitual tendencies and core limiting beliefs, often initially unconscious.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Transforming the Judgmental Mind

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