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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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2012-05-22 Engaged Buddhism - Vignettes, Challenges, Possibilities 45:49
A second overview of socially engaged Buddhism is offered, through vignettes and stories of engaged practices, a discussion of some of the challenges of connecting inner and outer transformation, and a sense of the great creative possibilities of such an approach. With Q&A.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening in Service and Action: A Study Retreat on Socially Engaged Buddhism
2012-05-16 Becoming Bodhisattvas III: Practicing with Views and Concepts 57:00
In the context of connecting inner and outer transformation, we explore how to train to be wise and skillful in using views, concepts, and theories.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-05-10 Practicing With Feeling 56:37
An exploration of the implications of mindfulness. Of pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral, and suggestions of concrete ways to practice.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2012-05-09 Becoming Bodhisattvas II--Ethical Practice 67:58
We look at one of the primary training areas of a Bodhisattva, one who connects inner practice and helping others ethical practice. We consider an expansive understanding of the five lay precepts, and the challenges of ethical practices.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-05-02 Becoming Bodhisattvas 61:39
In the context of a unit to Occupy Oakland, reflections on the importance for our times of developing our lives to connect inner and outer transformation, and of the inspiration to be bodhisattvas.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-04-19 Transforming the Judgmental Mind - An Overview 57:31
We situate the transformation of the judgmental mind in the context of the path of awakening - distinguishing reactive judgments from nonreactive discernment, clarifying why working with judgments is important and pointing to several ways of practicing with the judgmental mind.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Transforming the Judgmental Mind
2012-04-18 The Journey 58:06
We explore the metaphor of the "spiritual journey" to help illuminate phases of our practice, using three reference points: 1. Mary Oliver's poem, "The Journey" 2. The journey of the Buddha and 3. Our own individual journeys.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-03-26 The Bodhisattva: "Let Your Life and Practice Be One" 59:04
As we come near the end of a month or two months of retreat practice, we can reflect on how we might connect, as we enter the "world", our "inner" and "outer" practice. We can be inspired and energized by the figure of the bodhisattva, and by seeing the continuity of the core teachings and practices throughout all the parts of our lives.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long
2012-03-21 Awakening in Awareness 61:18
After an analysis of the roots of suffering based on the teachings of Dependent Arising, we explore two aspects of the path of awakening. The first aspect is about gradual awakening; the second is about immediate awakening in awareness, first momentary, then gradually stabilized.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long
2012-03-16 Concentration and it's Development in Practice 60:51
We explore (1) the nature of concentration: (2)the qualities developed in concentration practice; (3) how concentration practice (and practice in general) engenders a powerful process of purification of body, heart and mind; (4) the nature of wise effort in concentration practice (balancing active and receptive effort); and (5) the relationship of concentration and insight.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long

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