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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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2015-08-19 Practicing the Middle Way 65:27
We explore the balance of active and receptive effort and letting go and other expressions of the middle way--as a general principle in concentration and insight practice in everyday action and in accessing the depths of our being.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-07-22 Practicing the Fourth Precept 2 - Empathy 68:35
In the context of our ethical practice we took a look at a second aspect of speech practice - practicing empathy through an overview and a practice with guidance in the last part of the session. Roughly 68 minutes in duration.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-07-15 Practicing the Fourth Ethical Precept - Wise (or "Right") Speech 1 63:31
We continue with our exploration of ethical practice, set in the context of the overall training to awaken. We focus in this first session on Fourth Precept ("Right" or "Wise" Speech) on the four core ethical guidelines for speech (truthfulness, helpfulness, speaking from the heart, and good timing/appropriateness of the speech), in the context of the general importance of speech practice, suggesting a number of ways of practicing.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-07-01 Practicing the Second Ethical Precept - Not Taking That Which Is Not Given 60:06
After a brief review of the general nature of ethical practice, we look at outer, inner, and social dimensions of practicing the Second Precept - not taking that which not given - including a song and discussion of some of the challenges of such practices.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-06-24 Practicing the First Ethical Precept--Non-Harming 65:11
Set in the larger contexts of the importance of ethical practice, we focus on the meaning and practical of non-harming, with some reflections on responding to the killings of nine African Americans at a bible study class in Charleston, South Carolina.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-06-18 From Insight Practice to Spacious Awareness 60:49
We examine practicing with the Three Characteristics, particularly with Dukkha (suffering) and anatta (not-self). Then we explore "spacious awareness," a type of non-conceptual awareness beyond the splits of knower and known, particularly in the teachings of the Buddha and the Thai Forest tradition, with some reference to Tibetan and Zen traditions. Thirdly, we outline a number of ways to access this kind of awareness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center From the Breath to Spacious Awareness
2015-06-16 Concentration (Samadhi) Practice 58:01
A practically-based exploration of the nature of concentration and its place in practice, how to practice concentration (complementing the morning instructions), five challenges of concentration practice and how to work with them, and the relationship of concentration and insight practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center From the Breath to Spacious Awareness
2015-06-10 Othering and Belonging 3 65:16
After an introductory outline of the nature of creating an "other" we look at three ways of practicing: 1. Studying the process of "othering" in oneself, in relation to both others and self; 2. Countering the process of othering and 3. Developing farther universal belonging, the "beloved community".
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
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

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