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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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2011-06-24 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
2011-05-25 Equanimity in Action IV - Committed Action, Non-Attachment to Outcome. 50:52
After considering how cultivating equanimity helps us to release and find balance with our conditioned patterns, we explore the powerful principle expressed by T.S. Elliot as "Ours is in the trying, the rest is not our business."
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-05-11 Equanimity in Action III-Somatic Practices 63:34
After a review of our first two sessions, we explore, both through an overview and through experiential exercises, bodily-based practices to help cultivate equanimity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-05-04 Equanimity in Action II 63:07
A continued exploration of the nature of equanimity, how we cultivate it in formal practice and in action. with a particular focus in the last part of the talk on "The Eight Worldly Winds"
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-04-27 Equanimity in Action- Part I 61:54
We explore how mature equanimity is expressed through wisdom, the open heart, and the body. We examine some of the qualities of equanimity and how we develop it in the midst of action, as well as on the cushion.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-04-22 Two Pathways for Transforming the Judgmental Mind 56:10
We explore through stories, teachings and poetry two basic ways of transforming judgments: 1. through mindfulness, reflection, inquiry and other tools we directly investigate judgments and their roots. 2. through developing the awakened mind, heart and body we come to rest more in our deep nature, helping in multiple ways to transform judgments.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Transforming the Judgmental Mind

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