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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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2011-07-20 Freedom in Awareness IV--Deconstructing Ordinary Experience 61:55
We focus on how practice includes that of noting impermanence, suffering, and self/not-self, leads to deconstructing the assumptions of "ordinary mind" opening us up to "extraordinary mind".
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-07-13 Freedom in Awareness III-From ordinary to extraordinary mind 55:57
We explore the nature of "extraordinary" mind and awareness, an our "ordinary' practice deconstructs ordinary, habitual experience and moves toward extraordinary mind.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-07-10 Kalyana Mitta (KM) Groups Workshop on Wise Speech (with Dawn Neal) 2:12:33
KALYANA MITTA (KM) GROUPS Workshop held Sun, Jul 10, 1:30 – 4:30 at the Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley for current and prospective facilitators or hosts of KM groups with Spirit Rock teacher Donald Rothberg and Dawn Neal. The focus was on Wise Speech in the context of small groups, and how to address challenging situations.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2011-07-06 Freedom in Awareness II-How we can cultivate freedom 45:20
We continue to look at the cultivation of freedom with "ordinary" mind and "extraordinary" mind, focusing on how we actually practice to cultivate both.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-06-30 Freedom in Awareness-Ordinary and Extraordinary 61:01
After honoring the intentions for freedom linked with the 4th of July, we explore how awareness creates the space of freedom-both at the levels of ordinary and extraordinary awareness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-06-24 Leading with the Heart 62:26
Donald Rothberg and Sylvia Boorstein give short talks and engage in dialogue about the foundations of loving kindness practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Lovingkindness: Cultivating the Open and Wise Heart
2011-06-04 Speech Practice From the Retreat to Daily Life 40:04
We explore (1) personal reflections on how to bring home the retreat; (2) grounding speech practice in personal practice; (3) continuing speech practice in daily life; and (4) bringing speech practice into our society - into our organizations, service, and participation in the larger society.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness, Wise Speech, and Compassionate Communication
2011-06-02 Deep Listening and Speech Practice in Challenging Situations 60:37
The essence of speech practice in difficult situations is to find ways to stay connected, in one's inner experience and use of speech, to our awareness, love, and wisdom. We focus on a number of supports for such practice, including grounding and centering in the body, being open to difficulties as opportunities for learning, understanding the judgmental mind, and, especially, cultivating deep listening.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness, Wise Speech, and Compassionate Communication
2011-05-31 Working with Thought and Emotions as a Foundation for Speech Practice 53:04
Skillful practice with thoughts and emotions is explored, including (1) taking responsibility for our experience, (2) finding balance if we are reactive and out of balance, (3) using mindfulness to investigate thoughts and emotions, and (4) making connections between these approaches and our speech practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness, Wise Speech, and Compassionate Communication
2011-05-30 Wise Speech and the Path of Awakening 54:33
We explore (1) the importance of speech practice; (2) its place in the path of awakening; (3) the nature of awakening and the path to awakening; and (4) the specific teachings on speech from the Buddha, particularly on the four ethical guidelines of truthfulness, helpfulness, kindness, and appropriateness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness, Wise Speech, and Compassionate Communication

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