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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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2018-03-03 An Overview of the Nature of the "Dark Night" (Marisa Handler and Donald Rothberg) 45:35
Marisa Handler and Donald Rothberg give an overview of the nature of the "Dark Night." Marisa speaks particularly about her Dark Night experiences; Donald gives a brief account of the Dark Night in the work of St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), a Spanish Christian mystic who coined the term (“La noche oscura del alma”) in his writing, and then looks at how elements of the Dark Night appear in shaman's accounts of their initiatory experiences as well as in Buddhist tradition.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Through the Dark Night: Breaking Down, Breaking Through, Waking Up (with Marisa Handler)
Attached Files:
  • Resource List by Donald Rothberg (DOC)
  • Dark Night Presentation by Donald Rothberg (PPT)
2018-02-28 Things Are Not As They Appear 1 1:16:27
Our Practice is to "wake up" from being asleep and not seeing our lives and experience clearly, with wisdom. We explore four ways that we see in a distorted manner, and explore the first two in this session, pointing to practices to help us see more clearly in these two areas.
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2018-01-17 Not Knowing But Keeping Going 2: Cultivating "Not Knowing" in Mindfulness Practice, Listening to Others, and in Periods of Transition and Difficulty, including the "Dark Night" 63:06
We review and expand several perspectives on the relationship between knowing and "not knowing" (or openness) and three core practices of not knowing: (1) in mindfulness practice; (2) in listening to others (and oneself); and (3) in challenging transitional phases of one's life, when significant concerns in one's life are not resolved or clear. In the context of the third type of practice, we explore the "Dark Night," first named by the Spanish mystic, Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591), which may be briefer or longer, in terms of some of its dynamics and some suggestions on how to work with it.
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2018-01-10 Not Knowing But Keeping Going 1 61:50
We explore the centrality of the practice of "not knowing," that helps us to move from ordinary knowing to extraordinary knowing. We examine both the obvious value of many kinds of knowing and the shadow side of knowing, including its habitual and often addictive nature. Then we look at three ways of practicing not knowing: (1) in our mindfulness practice; (2) in listening to others as a practice; and (3) in being with transitional periods in our lives, when some important aspect of our lives remains unresolved.
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2018-01-06 The Process of Practicing Metta: How Metta Develops 56:08
We look from several perspectives at the nature of metta. We then identify several ways that metta practice develops, as we deepen in samadhi (concentration); as we learn to "lead" with our awakened hearts; as we work through difficult states, emotions, and unconscious material that may block metta; as we integrate metta with our wisdom and embodiment; and as we bring our metta practice out into the world.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta Retreat
2018-01-03 A New Beginning at a Time of Need and Crisis 65:44
Framing practice broadly in terms of our individual, relational, and collective practice, we explore on New Years Day the meaning of letting go and setting intentions, being in touch with visions. We end with a short ritual of letting go and setting intentions.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2018-01-01 Monday Night Dharma Talk 1:23:40
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2017-12-20 Second Morning Instructions: An Overview (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 40:04
Instructions on breath, body and senses, thoughts, and emotions.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Solstice Retreat
2017-12-19 Practicing with Darkness at the Time of the Winter Solstice: Five Metaphors to Guide Practice 61:19
Inspired by the darkness of the earth, we are guided by a sense of the darkness as suggesting: 1) stopping and stillness; 2) being with difficulties; 3) opening to unknowing and mystery; 4) generativety, creativity and fertility and 5) luminosity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Solstice Retreat
2017-12-06 Cultivating Equanimity 2 65:37
After a review of the basic qualities of equanimity and five main practices to cultivate equanimity, we focus on two ways in particular that equanimity can be confusing and/or become distorted: (1) when equanimity is not integrated with the awakened heart, and (2) when equanimity is more aloof and not responsive and active. As equanimity develops, it becomes rooted in a deep, compassionate, responsive, and unshakeable awareness.
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