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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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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.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-11-29 Cultivating Equanimity 64:57
Continuing after our exploration of the first parami, generosity, with examining the last parami, equanimity-- what it is, and some ways to cultivate great equanimity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-11-15 Generosity 63:45
We look at the nature and importance of generosity, and how to practice and activate generosity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-10-09 Buddhist Practice, Nonviolent Action, and the Nonviolent Peaceforce (with Tiffany Easthom) 1:22:16
Donald Rothberg first gives an account of the connection between the core of Buddhist practice and the nonviolent traditions of Gandhi and King. He then poses the common critique of nonviolence—that it doesn’t work with dictators, authoritarian governments, and situations of pervasive violence, that “it wouldn’t work with Hitler,” while telling some stories of actual highly effective nonviolent resistance against the Nazis. Tiffany Easthom, the Executive Director of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, an organization working to protect civilians and foster dialogue in situations of violence, then gives an extended account of the organization’s work, with a PowerPoint presentation (attached pdf file available at this site). She covers both the basic principles and strategies of the organization and a number of accounts of its work in various countries where there is violence, ranging from South Sudan to Syria to Myanmar.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Attached Files:
  • Presentation Slides PDF File by Donald Rothberg (PDF)
2017-10-04 From Samadhi Practice to Insight Practice 61:48
After some further examination of the nature of samadhi practice, we look at the “three ways of seeing that liberate,” focusing especially on impermanence (anicca) and dukkha, with some attention to not-self (anatta)
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness: A Retreat for Experienced Students
2017-09-13 The Two Arrows 2 66:08
We review the core teaching of the Two Arrows in terms of individual practice, and then understand its application in the social context as exemplified by Dr. King's nonviolence.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-09-06 The Two Arrows 1 2:07:14
We explore the powerful teaching and how it might be understood and practiced, this week more in terms of individual inner practice, and next week, more in terms of interpersonal and social action.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-09-04 The Bodhisattva, Integration, and Next Steps 28:09
Near the end of the retreat, offering of some integrative reflections to help us each reflect on our next steps following our three-day retreat.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Buddhist Practice and Gandhian/Kingian Nonviolence Training

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