Donald Rothberg's Dharma Talks
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.
Select from Donald Rothberg's
A New Beginning--Guided Reflections
A New Year's Day of Practice: Talk and Guided Visualization
Afternoon Instructions #2
Afternoon Instructions #4
Afternoon Instructions - Day 1
Attending To Beauty
Awakening in Awareness
Becoming Bodhisattvas II--Ethical Practice
Becoming Bodhisattvas III: Practicing with Views and Concepts
Concentration and it's Development in Practice
Concentration Practice and Insight Practice
Concentration Practice II- and discussion
Concentration Practice III
Connecting Inner and Outer Responses to Climate Change
Connecting Inner and Outer Transformation
Connecting Inner and Relational Practice with Judgments
Continuing the Momentum of the Retreat in Daily Life Practice
Cultivating Clear Seeing - The Path Of Mindfulness
Cultivating Equanimity, pt I
Cultivating Equanimity, pt II
Cultivating Generosity and Gratitude
Cultivating Joy & Equanimity In Engaged Practice
Cultivating Mudita (Appreciative Joy) pt I
Cultivating Wise Speech
Daily Life Practice
Deep Listening and Speech Practice in Challenging Situations
Deepening Daily Life Practice II
Deepening Daily Life Practice, I
Deepening Our Formal Meditation Practice
Deepening Our Practice II: Deepening in Three Domains of Our Life
Delight in the Dharma (Liberative Dependent Arising 3)
Dependent Origination I
Dependent Origination II
Dependent Origination III- Intervening to end the cycle of suffering.
Dependent Origination IV-Review and Introduction to Liberative Dependent Orig...
Dependent Origination V- Liberative Dependent Origination
Developing Energy In Our Practice: Wise Effort - part 1
Developing Energy In Our Practice: Wise Effort - part 2
Dharma practice and the climate Crisis
Dharmic Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of September 11th, Part II--Wisdo...
Dharmic Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of September 11
Embodied Awakening Through Meditation and Sacred Dance, Part 1 - The Importan...
Embodied Awakening Through Meditation and Sacred Dance, Part 2 - Guided Medit...
Embodied Awakening Through Meditation and Sacred Dance, Part 3 - Seven Steps ...
Embodied Awakening through Meditation and Sacred Dance, Part 4 - Daily Life P...
Embracing the Dark, Inviting the Light.
Emptiness & Compassion III
Emptiness & Compassion Part II
Emptiness & Compassion Part IV
Emptiness and Compassion Part I
Engaged Buddhism - Vignettes, Challenges, Possibilities
Entering Darkness, Emerging Light
Entering the Dark, Entering the Light
Equanimity in Action II
Equanimity in Action III-Somatic Practices
Equanimity in Action IV - Committed Action, Non-Attachment to Outcome.
Equanimity in Action- Part I
Fear and Lovingkindness
Feeling-Tone and Its Importance for our Practice
Five Guidelines For Practicing With Conflict
Forgiveness Practice 1
Forgiveness Practice 2 and Taking Difficulties as Practice
Foundations of Mindfulness VI: The Third Foundation II
Four Foundations of Mindfulness II- Mindfulness of the Body
Four Foundations of Mindfulness III--Mindfulness of the Body @@
Four Foundations of Mindfulness IX: Fourth Foundation III
Four Foundations of Mindfulness V- The Third Foundation; Mindfulness of Thoug...
Four Foundations of Mindfulness VII- Fourth Foundation I: Mindfulness of Patt...
Four Foundations of Mindfulness XI - Fourth Foundation 5 - Four Ways of Pract...
Four Reflections That Turn Us to Deeper Practice, II
Four Reflections Which Turn us to Deeper Practice- Part I
Freedom in Awareness II-How we can cultivate freedom
Freedom in Awareness III-From ordinary to extraordinary mind
Freedom in Awareness IV--Deconstructing Ordinary Experience
Freedom in Awareness V--Accessing Extraordinary Mind
Freedom in Awareness-Ordinary and Extraordinary
Getting Down to Direct Experience
Getting Down to Direct Experience III
Getting Down to Direct Experience IV: How Can We Relate Skillfully to Thinking?
Getting Down to Direct Experience V: And practicing with views, concepts, and...
Getting Down to more Direct Experience II
Gradual and Immediate Awakening, I
Gradual and Immediate Awakening, II
Guided Meditation on Self and Not-Self Part I
Heart Practices in Difficult Times 3: Compassion
Heart Practices in Difficult Times 4 - Compassion 2
Holding Our Days with the Tenderness of Patience: Reflections from a Two-week...
How Effort, Mindfulness and Concentration Are Interwoven
How Metta And Equanimity Lived Happily Ever After Together
How Metta Transforms Us
How Metta Works Through Us
Inner and Outer- Part 2
Inner and Outer- Part I
Inquiry And Investigation - part 1
Inquiry And Investigation - part 2
Inquiry And Investigation - part 3
Inquiry Beneath The Surface: Working With Difficulity - part 2
Introduction to Concentration Practice
Introduction to Wise Speech Practice
Invoking The Beautiful - The Divine Abodes Of Lovingkindness
Judgement & Anger
Kalyana Mitta (KM) Groups Workshop on Wise Speech (with Dawn Neal)
Knowledge and Vision of Things as They Are (Liberative Dependent Arising 8)
Leading with the Heart
Listening And Speaking From The Heart
Loving One's Enemies I
Loving One's Enemies II
Loving One's Enemies III
Maintaining A Sense Of Vision And Practice In The Midst Of Conflicts
May Practice and One's Life Be one--Reflections on Four weeks of Retreat
Metta and Forgiveness
Metta And The Opening Of The Heart - How Metta Transforms Us
Metta For Self, Metta For The World
Metta into the World
Metta practice and the Transformation of the Heart
Metta Practice as a Path of Awakening
Metta Practice in Our Everyday Lives - "Let Your Life and Practice Be One"
Metta Practice in the Context of a Concentration Retreat
Mindfulness - What It Is and What Makes It Difficult
Mindfulness and Ethics
Mindfulness and Metta
Mindfulness And Papanca - part 2
Mindfulness and Speech Practice
Mindfulness and Speech Practice
Mindfulness and Wisdom
Mindfulness of the Body 1: Introduction to Mindfulness
Mindfulness of the Body 2: The Importance of Mindfulness of the Body and How ...
Mindfulness of the Body 3: Guided Meditation on the Parts of the Body and the...
Mindfulness of the Body 4: Discussion on the Meditation on the Parts of the B...
Mindfulness of the Body 5: Daily Life Practice
Mindfulness of the Body and Why It Is So Important
Mindfulness Of The Body, III
Mindfulness-What it is and What Makes it Difficult.
Morning Instructions Day 5
Morning Instructions Day 8
Mudita, pt II
Opening to our Radiant Hearts
Practicing Compassion, I
Practicing Compassion, pt II
Practicing Metta in Daily Life - Widening Circles of Metta
Practicing Wise Speech In Difficult Conditions
Practicing with Anger, Pt I
Practicing with Anger, pt II
Practicing with Darkness (and Light) at the Winter Solstice
Practicing With Darkness And Light At The Winter Solstice
Practicing With Darkness And Light At The Winter Solstice
Practicing With Difficult Emotions
Practicing with Difficult Emotions and thoughts
Practicing With Fear
Practicing With Fear - part I
Practicing With Fear - part II
Practicing With Fear - part III
Practicing With Feeling
Practicing with Intentions
Practicing With Sates Of Mind And Heart
Practicing with the Body Part 3: Cultivating Wisdom
Practicing with the Body- Part 2
Practicing with the Body- Part I
Practicing with the Body- Part IV The Body-Mind-Heart Connection
Practicing with the Dark and the Light at the Winter Solstice: Talk and Ritual
Practicing with the Eight Worldly Winds, pt 2
Practicing with the Shadow, pt 1
Practicing with the Shadow, pt 2
Practicing with the Shadow, pt III
The Collective Shadow and How We Work wit...
Practicing With Thoughts And Emotions
Practicing With Thoughts And Emotions II: Invoking Inquiry, Wisdom, And Antid...
Practicing with Views and Judgements in the Context of Service and Social Action
Practicing With Views and the Judgmental Mind
Practicing With Views II
Practicing with Views Part I
Reflections on a Month long Retreat
Reflections On A Month Retreat
Relationship As Spiritual Practice I
Relationship As Spiritual Practice II
Renewal In Our Practice And Lives
Renewing and Revisioning our lives. Talk Guided meditations, and Ritual
Renewing Our Practice - Reflections On A Mountain Retreat
Resources from the Teachings and Practice of the Buddha for Transforming Dist...
Right Livelihood And Vocation
Self and Not Self - Part 1
Self and Not Self - Part 2
Self And Not Self III
Self and Not Self VI--Integration and Review
Self And Not-Self - part 1
Self And Not-Self - part 2
Self and Not-Self II-Five Varieties of Self
Self and Not-Self III-Three Ways of Practicing
Self and Not-Self IV- The Core Teachings of the Buddha Part II
Self and Not-Self V-A sequence of Training in Opening to not-self
Self and Not-Self VII-Self and Not-Self in the context of Global Crisis.
Self and Not-Self-An Overview
Service and Work as Practice III: The Centrality of Intention
Service as a Path of Practice
Service as a Path of Practice, Pt 1:
Challenges and how to work with them
Speaking from the Heart-Metta and Speech Practice
Speech Practice 1- Introduction
Speech Practice 2- Presence and Empathy
Speech Practice 3: Expanding Empathy
Speech Practice and the Path of Awakening
Speech Practice From the Retreat to Daily Life
Speech Practice in Difficult Situations
Speech Practice IV-Developing skills in Challenging Situations.
Suffering and Freedom from Suffering
Summer Solstice And The Factors Of Enlightenment - part 1
Supporting And Deepening Daily Life Practice
The 8 Worldly Winds, I
The Anatomy of Ignorance - Transforming our Personal Ignorance
The Anatomy of Ignorance 1 - An Overview
The Anatomy of Ignorance 2 - The Social Roots of Ignorance and climate Disrup...
The Anatomy of Ignorance 3 - Personal Ignorance I
The Anatomy of Ignorance 5 - Practicing with Views
The Anatomy of Ignorance 6 - Spiritual Ignorance and Insight into the Three C...
The Awakening Prophet
The Basics Of Our Practice - Reflections On 3 Weeks In Mountain Retreat
The Bodhisattva and the Second American Revolution: Reflections on the Fourth...
The Bodhisattva: "Let Your Life and Practice Be One"
The Challenges and the Fruits of Metta Practice
The Deep Roots of the Judgmental Mind and Two Ways of Transformation
The Dharma And Democracy
The Dharma And Martin Luther King, Jr
The Dharma Practice Of Facing The Crises Of Our Times
The Five Difficult Energies
The Foundations of Mindfulness-An Overview
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness IV-Mindfulness of Feeling-Tone
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness- The Fourth
The Four Foundations of Mindfulness- The Fourth - pt 2
The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness 1 - Introduction
The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness 2 - Practicing with the Five Hindrances
The fourth Foundation of Mindfulness 3 - Practicing with the six senses and t...
The Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness 4 - Practicing with the Awakening Factor...
The Heart of Wisdom: Connecting Loving Kindness and Equanimity
The Mature Heart - the Integration of the Four Brahmaviharas
The Path of Engagement and Its importance for our Times
The Path Of The Bodhisattva
The Path Of The Bodhisattva - part 1: Intention - Vow And Patience
The Path Of The Bodhisattva - part 2
The Path Of The Bodhisattva - part 3
The Path Of The Bodhisattva - part 4 and the Vow Ceremony
The Secret Beauty of Hearts: Transformations Through Metta
The Seven Factors Of Awakening
The Transformative Process In Engaged Practice
The Unfolding of Metta Practice
The Winter Solstice, the Dark and the Light and our Practice
Third Foundation of Mindfulness 1: Review of the Nature of Mindfulness and th...
Third Foundation of Mindfulness 2: Guided Meditation: Instructions for the Th...
Third Foundation of Mindfulness 3: The Third Foundation of Mindfulness
Third Foundation of Mindfulness 4: Guided Meditation Further Instructions for...
Third Foundation of Mindfulness 5: Further Exploration of the Third Foundatio...
Third Foundation of Mindfulness 6: Guided Meditation: Review of the Instructi...
Third Foundation of Mindfulness 7: Further Tools and Guidance for Daily Life ...
Three Levels of Daily Life Practice
Three Levels of Daily Life Practice 1
Three Ways Of Deepening Daily Life Practice
To Study The Self, To Forget The Self, To Be Oneself
Transforming Judgment - part 1
Transforming Judgment - part 2
Transforming the Judgmental Mind
Transforming the Judgmental Mind - An Overview
Twelve Reasons Why We Practice
Two Pathways for Transforming the Judgmental Mind
Ways Of Deepening Daily Life Practice
What Comes Next In Our Wild, Precious Lives? - part 1
Why do we practice?
Widening Circles: Practicing Metta In The World
Wisdom and Speech Practice
Wisdom-suffering, impermanence and the Heart
Wise Effort in Concentration Practice
Wise Speech and the Path of Awakening
Wise Speech And The Path Of Liberation
Wise Speech in Groups, Part 2: Becoming More Skillful in Challenging Group Si...
Wise Speech Practice #2- Minfulness and Speech Practice: includes exercises/d...
Wise Speech Practice 3- Mindfulness & Nonviolent Communication
Wise Speech Practice 4- Mindfulness & Non-Violent Communication 2
Wise Speech Practice 5: Wise Speech in Difficult Conditions
Wise Speech Practice 6- Wise Speech in Difficult Conditions, Part 2
Wise Speech, part 1
Wise Speech, part 2
Work and Service as a Path of Practice, II Aspects of the Path
Working with Thought and Emotions as a Foundation for Speech Practice
Five Guidelines For Practicing With Conflict
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