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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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2015-05-13 Othering and Belonging 2 67:20
After a brief review of the theme of "othering", we look some more forms of "othering" and how we practice in examining "othering" in ourselves. We then explore the area exponentially in an exercise, followed by discussion.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-05-06 Othering & Belonging 1 58:06
In the contexts of our practice of examining the nature of self and of a recent conference on "Othering and Belonging," we look at ways that we create an "other." We may do this in terms of social groups (according to race, age, gender, religion, ability/disability, educational level, etc.), interpersonally, or in terms of parts of oneself (I "other" my fear or shame or brilliance). This week we focus on "othering" (the "other" is often noticed, but not really known or seen), how to track our own ways of othering, and how to work with and transform othering, opening to greater compassion, wisdom, and connection.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-04-08 Taking Everything as Learning 2 60:14
After a review of some of main themes related to taking everything as learning, we look especially at what qualities and practices support taking everything as learning. Including mindfulness, equanimity, confidence and faith, heart practices, setting intentions and using the imagination to stay open to possibilities.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-04-01 Taking Everything as Learning pt2 15:12
As our practice matures, we increasingly intend, and have the capacity to take whatever arises in our lives as part of our practice. We explore what makes this intention hard to implement and what supports taking everything as part of a learning process.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-04-01 Taking Everything as Learning pt 1 44:50
As our practice matures, we increasingly intend, and have the capacity to take whatever arises in our lives as part of our practice. We explore what makes this intention hard to implement and what supports taking everything as part of a learning process.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-03-27 Practicing in All the Parts of Our Lives: "Let Your Practice and Life Be One" 59:03
On this last evening of our monthlong retreat (two months for some), we explore how to bring our practice out in our daily lives in the world. We examine (1) the nature of the archetypal "return" in the spiritual journey; (2) the figure of the bodhisattva; and 3) some suggestions for foundational, intermediate, and advanced modes of daily life practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Insight 1 Month Retreat
2015-03-25 Morning Instructions Day 24: Working with the Sense of Self 3:27
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Insight 1 Month Retreat
2015-03-24 Thinning the Self - Practicing with Anatta (Not-Self) 60:53
After some reflections on some of the reasons why anatta (not-self) can be confusing, we explore especially how to practice with anatta: (1) opening to a sense of flow increasingly without a sense of self; (2) exploring the many ways in which there is a "thick" sense of self, both appearing in experience and sometimes hidden to immediate experience; (3) further meditative ways to "thin" the self; and (4) ways of thinning, especially as our practice deepens, the "meditative self."
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Insight 1 Month Retreat
2015-03-23 Brahma Vihara Day 23 Equanimity 41:09
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Insight 1 Month Retreat
2015-03-17 Equanimity 56:52
With poems, stories, haikus, and teachings, we explore the nature of equanimity, how to practice to cultivate equanimity, and some of the challenges of in our development of equanimity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Insight 1 Month Retreat

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