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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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2013-05-02 Self and Not Self - Part 2 53:48
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2013-05-01 Dependent Origination II 67:47
After some general background on dependent origination, we look in detail at the twelve links (nidana) with an interest in seeing how we can intervene to break cycles of conditioning and unskillful action.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2013-04-25 Self and Not Self - Part 1 64:38
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2013-04-24 Dependent Origination I 50:20
An introduction to the core teaching of Dependent Arising, with a brief account of (1) what we bring to experience (links 1-5), (2) What happens in experience (links 6-9), and (3) The consequences of experience (links 10-12). This is an analysis of the roots of suffering (dukkha) and how it is perpetuated.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2013-04-20 Connecting Inner and Outer Responses to Climate Change 37:37
At this time of climate disruption, we need powerful responses--integrating more "inner" spiritual practices and principles, on the one hand, with skill in "outer" responses, on the other. This integration or marriage can happen in many ways as we participate in the "great turning"--whether our primary emphasis, to use Joanna Macy's analysis, is stopping further damage from occurring, transforming our institutions, or helping to shift consciousness. Without this integration, however, spiritual practice runs the risk of becoming a kind of middle-class escapism and activism runs the risk of being caught in self-righteousness, attachment to views, demonization of the "enemy," and burnout. We need a new integration! We look at several dharma principles that can be the basis for such an integration, consider briefly how Spirit Rock is responding (and might respond further) to climate issues, and especially look at the figure of the bodhisattva.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Responses to Climate Change: Awareness, Action and Celebration
In collection One Earth Sangha
2013-04-17 Dharma practice and the climate Crisis 61:12
At the time of Earth Day, we pose a a dilemma and challenge. Dharma practice is so compelling. The climate crisis is so compelling. Which do we choose? Both, in our own ways. We look at the ways that our practice (and principles of generosity, compassion, ethics, interdependence, and wisdom) call us to regard and that those responding deeply need spiritual practices and principles to meet the great need.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2013-04-10 May Practice and One's Life Be one--Reflections on Four weeks of Retreat 52:28
Reflections after just having returned from retreat, on (1) the nature and beauty of retreat, (2) the range of practices done---concentration, insight, metta, and open awareness; and (3) the deep intention to connect retreat and daily life.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2013-02-23 Cultivating Wise Speech 62:30
This is the first segment of a daylong on cultivating wise or "right" speech, including when there are difficult speech situations. There is a general introduction to speech and communication practice and an overview of the basic guidelines for speech given by the Buddha.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2013-01-30 Four Foundations of Mindfulness XI - Fourth Foundation 5 - Four Ways of Practicing with the Aggregates (khandhas) 53:08
After a brief overview of the Foundations, we explore both experientially and through teachings four ways of practicing with the aggregates: 1.) recognizing when they are present, 2.) tracking their arising and passing away, 3.) noting when a thick sense of self is present and opening to experience without such a sense of self, and 4.) noting when suffering or dukkha appears and responding skillfully
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2013-01-20 Metta into the World 61:59
Our inner practice of metta and our practice of metta in the world are interwoven as we come more and more to practice in all activities and all parts of our lives. We explore this interconnection in terms of metta as a formal practice, challenges in metta and ways of bringing metta into the world.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat

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