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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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2014-10-22 Ethical Practice 3 - Deepening Our Ethical Practice 60:54
Starting with the observation that often our ethical practice may be taken for granted, we look for ways to deepen our practice. We look to find our own personal ethical learning and practice, whether related to the individual, relational or social aspects of our ethical practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-10-08 The Four Noble Truths of Responding to Climate Change 66:01
Continuing our exploration of ethical practice during earth care week. We examine, through the frame work of the Four Noble Truths, the question of the nature of climate change and how to respond as individuals, as communities, nationally and internationally.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
Attached Files:
  • Climate Sangha Committments rev 1 by Donald Rothberg (docx)
  • Resources on Dharma and Climate Change 2014 Draft 7 by Donald Rothberg (doc)
2014-10-01 Ethical Practice 1 - An Introduction 58:11
We explore the meaning of ethical practice - its relationship to meditation and wisdom practice, how it is more a training than a following of external principles, how there are individual, relational, and social dimensions to our ethical practice, and how it can deepen for us. There's a brief overview of the five lay precepts and a taking of the precepts.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-08-27 Practicing with Challenges 5 - Working with Conflict 2 66:06
We continue to explore how to practice with conflicts, focusing especially on the vision of non-dual conflict transformation and empathy, learning particularly though a series of exercises.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-08-20 Practicing with Challenges 4 - Working with Conflict 60:11
We explore a more relational way of practicing with challenges, looking at practicing with conflict. We examine some of the personal and cultural conditioning about conflict, as well as ways to bring wisdom, empathy, compassion and skillful action into conflicts, whether inner, interpersonal or social. Conflict is defined more neutrally and simply as a difference in objectives, goals or values.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
Attached Files:
  • A Methodology for the Non-Dual Transformation of Conflicts: The Work of Johan Galtung by Donald Rothberg (PDF)
2014-07-23 Practicing with Challenges 3 - Practicing with Difficult Thoughts and Emotions 2 62:01
We review the basic approach of cultivating responsiveness and working with reactivity, looking more at (1) ways of coming back to balance, (2) cultivating mindfulness, and (3) developing other skillful means with challenging thoughts and emotions. Then we explore in more depth how to practice with fear and anxiety.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-07-16 Practicing with Challenges 2 - Practicing with Difficult Thoughts and Emotions. 64:19
After a review of understanding our practice most generally and deeply as developing responsiveness, we examine how to practice with thoughts and emotions, including difficult ones such as those connected with the judgmental mind and anger.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-07-09 Practicing with Challenges I - Cultivating Responsiveness 61:06
We focus on becoming response-able (rather than reactive) as the heart of our practice, examining what responsiveness means and how we cultivate it in relationship to thought and emotions.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-06-24 Embodied Practice in Daily Life 45:33
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Embodied Awakening
2014-06-24 Four Steps to Embodied Awakening 36:07
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Embodied Awakening

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