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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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2014-04-21 Practicing With Difficult Emotions 61:10
We explore, through stories, poems and teachings, four inter-related ways to practice with difficult emotions, 1- using antidotes, 2- cultivating the "heart practices" of loving-kindness, compassion, joy, forgiveness, etc, 3- cultivating mindfulness and 4- bringing wisdom to the experience
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening in Service & Action: A Study Retreat on Socially Engaged Buddhism
2014-04-19 Practicing With Views and the Judgmental Mind 62:13
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening in Service & Action: A Study Retreat on Socially Engaged Buddhism
2014-04-18 Connecting Inner and Outer Transformation 62:15
We explore the tendencies to polarize inner and outer practices, the vision of connecting them, some socially engaged Buddhist exemplars, and how the principles of transformation are the same whether in individual, relational or collective domains.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening in Service & Action: A Study Retreat on Socially Engaged Buddhism
2014-04-16 Three Levels of Daily Life Practice 57:43
After a review of foundational, intermediate and advanced daily life practices, we focus on several central practices, working with intention, using the imagination, grounding in the body and taking difficulties as practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2014-04-09 Three Levels of Daily Life Practice 1 54:37
After reflecting on some of the challenges of contemporary daily life practice, we look at three levels of such practice, and many types of practices within each level.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-04-02 Reflections On A Month Retreat 59:39
Just returned from a month of retreat practice, i offer various reflections on retreat theme, including impermanence and death, working with inner guidance, and taking all experiences in a learning context, and on core practices, (concentration, insight, metta, and open spacious awareness), ending with a brief song.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-02-22 Wise Speech, part 2 44:35
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2014-02-22 Wise Speech, part 1 22:06
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2014-02-19 Heart Practices in Difficult Times 4 - Compassion 2 57:46
We look at the importance of the different parts of our practice - intentions, ethics, mindfulness, wisdom and grounding in the body - for responding to difficult situations- individual, interpersonal and related to the wider world. We then look at how to develop and practice compassion in difficult situations.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-02-12 Heart Practices in Difficult Times 3: Compassion 62:10
We explore compassion and practice to help us respond to difficulties particularly pain and suffering. We examine the distinction between pain and suffering, the nature of compassion, receptive and active compassion, the shadow of compassion and some types of compassion practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

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