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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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2012-01-08 Metta Practice as a Path of Awakening 60:08
Metta practice is a training inclining toward the awakened heart. We explore several aspects of this training in terms of the development of a number of capacities, working through what blocks metta, and the integration of metta, mindfulness and wisdom.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta
2011-12-28 Renewing and Revisioning our lives. Talk Guided meditations, and Ritual 48:12
At this time of earth's stillness, it can be a wonderful time to touch our deeper aspirations, correct with our visions, and set intentions. We do this through reflections, guided meditation and ritual.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-12-20 Entering Darkness, Emerging Light 57:02
At the Winter Solstice, we explore how our practice is in pat to be with the "dark" -- the still, the unknown, the difficult, the generative and fertile -- and in part to open to light , as it emerges from the dark, as we deliberately invoke qualities of light.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Solstice Retreat
2011-12-14 Mindfulness and Wisdom 60:55
(There is a long pause at the beginning) We complete our exploration of "mature" (or "right") mindfulness, focusing on how mindfulness may be disconnected from wisdom, how it can lead to wisdom, and how "mature" mindfulness is integrated with wisdom (as well as ethics and the awakened heart)
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-12-07 Mindfulness and Metta 61:41
We continue to look at how mindfulness can be understood in the larger context of connection with ethics, wisdom, and the awakened heart. Here we explore how mindfulness and metta can be sometimes seen as separate, but how both practices point to a mature integration-loving awareness, mindful caring, the mindful and wise heart.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-11-30 Mindfulness and Ethics 63:03
In the context of the accelerating application of mindfulness in "secular" settings, we can ask questions about whether mindfulness is sometimes presented as a mere technique. We look at the nature of "nature" or "right mindfulness" (samma sati) and the importance of connecting mindfulness to the awakened heart, wisdom, and to ethics. In this talk, we focus especially on mindfulness and ethics.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-11-09 Getting Down to Direct Experience V: And practicing with views, concepts, and stories. 60:28
We again review briefly the meaning of "getting down to direct experience" and then explore how to use concepts and views skillfully as we are somewhat away from direct experience.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-11-02 Getting Down to Direct Experience IV: How Can We Relate Skillfully to Thinking? 58:49
After reviewing the emphasis on grounding in more direct experience, we explore how to be skillful as we move away from indirect experience with our thinking, focusing on (1) having our thinking connected with direct experience and (2) using "views" wisely. Includes Q and A.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-10-26 Getting Down to Direct Experience III 63:07
Building on the last two sessions, we explore three inter-related aspects of ignorance or confusion: 1. How we move away from direct experience, especially because of reactivity. 2. How we develop, personally and collectively, unconscious material;and 3. How we do not fully understand impermanence, the roots of suffering and the nature of the self. We suggest ways to practice with all three forms of ignorance.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-10-19 Getting Down to more Direct Experience II 57:42
We look further at the mechanisms by which we move away from direct experience. unskillfully, driven by reactivity and papanca (conceptual proliferation). We point to practices of tracking thoughts, emotions, reactivity-that help us ground in more direct experience, leading to greater freedom and responsiveness-personally interpersonally, and collectively.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

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