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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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2013-01-15 The Unfolding of Metta Practice 56:31
Weaving in the views and voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday with the teachings of the Buddha on metta, and with observations of how metta practice develops, we explore the spirit of metta practice and themes of living from the awakened heart; developing concentration, purifying and eventually unifying mind, heart and body and opening to our radiant depths, we bring metta to the world.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2013-01-09 Four Foundations of Mindfulness IX: Fourth Foundation III 56:21
We continue to explore the Fourth Foundation, particularly through the frameworks of the Five Hindrances and The Four Noble Truths.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2013-01-01 A New Year's Day of Practice: Talk and Guided Visualization 31:07
For "A New Year's Day of Practice: Resting and Re-Visioning," this talk in the afternoon pointed to ways that our practice can work with the three aspects of time: with training in present-centeredness, with studying and eventually letting go of the negative patterns from the past, and with aspiring in the future (in this New Year) to develop in ways that are helpful for both the personal and universal dimensions of awakening. A guided visualization helps us particularly with letting go and being in touch with what calls us from our depths for the next period of time.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2012-12-26 The Four Foundations of Mindfulness- The Fourth - pt 2 2:32
This is a short wrap up of this talk. A few minutes between parts 1 and 2 were missed.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Introduction to Insight Meditation
2012-12-26 The Four Foundations of Mindfulness- The Fourth 50:13
We review the Four Foundations with continued emphasis on the Fourth, including attention to a number of practical situations. Pt 1 of 2. *There are a few minutes missed between pt 1 and 2. Part 2 is the wrap up of the talk.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Introduction to Insight Meditation
2012-12-19 Entering the Dark, Entering the Light 58:55
In the context of the winter solstice, we explore how to open up to different aspects of darkness (stopping and stillness, not knowing and mystery, difficulty and creativity) and how we, in doing so, open to light.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation at the Solstice
2012-12-16 Determination 35:34
We look at both a "deep" determination and various ways to practice moment to moment determination, pointing to examples from the Civil Rights movement and Aung San Suu Kyi. We also explore the difference between skillful and unskillful determination.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2012-12-12 Four Foundations of Mindfulness VII- Fourth Foundation I: Mindfulness of Patterns of Experience 63:05
After a review of the first three foundations, we look at the general nature of the Fourth Foundation of the specific frameworks used and some ways to practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-12-05 Foundations of Mindfulness VI: The Third Foundation II 58:36
We continue to explore mindfulness of thoughts and emotions, including the three sets of instructions in the text, and mindfulness of difficult thoughts and emotions (and what to do when mindfulness is very hard or impossible).
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-11-28 Four Foundations of Mindfulness V- The Third Foundation; Mindfulness of Thoughts and Emotions 62:24
After a brief review of the First and Second Foundations, we explore the Third Foundation: 1. as mindfulness of thoughts and emotions, and 2. as mindfulness of the presence or absence of greed, hatred and delusion, offering a number of practices for both.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

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