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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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2012-03-04 Suffering and Freedom from Suffering 54:04
We explore the nature and roots of suffering, using in part the teaching of the Two Arrows to help distinguish "pain" and "suffering" linking the latter with reactivity. Being mindful of suffering and reactivity, and learning to experience pain without suffering opens us to greater freedom. We also explore further the nature of freedom and other ways that freedom may be experienced.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Insight Meditation Retreat, March Month Long
2012-02-22 Loving One's Enemies I 60:40
We explore the meaning of developing a love or loving kindness toward all, including one's "enemies," using both Christian and Buddhist resources. Four foundational practices are outlined: 1.Ffollowing ethical guidelines 2. Mindfulness 3. Metta, and 4. Wisdom practices to help contemplate emphathically the causes and conditions of difficult interactions.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-02-15 Holding Our Days with the Tenderness of Patience: Reflections from a Two-week Retreat 57:20
The talk, given immediately following two weeks of silent practice, explores themes of remembering what is important, mystery, doing and being, and awareness "open like the sky," connecting how we practice both in retreat and daily life.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-02-01 Deepening Daily Life Practice II 64:02
We continue to explore a number of ways to deepen practice in daily life, working with challenges difficulties, grounding in the body, working with intention, and practicing with speech and interaction as well as others.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-01-25 Deepening Daily Life Practice, I 67:38
We explore how our practice can come alive in the flow of daily life, focusing on some of the challenges as well as three areas: (1) Various supports for daily life practice, (2) the centrality of mindfulness of the body, and (3) taking difficulties and even suffering as opportunities for practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2012-01-13 Daily Life Practice 31:14
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta
2012-01-11 Fear and Lovingkindness 55:15
We explore the nature of fear and how metta is a powerful resource to work with and transform fear.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
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

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