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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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2011-02-09 Concentration Practice II- and discussion 55:19
We review the basics of concentration practice,and then focus on concentration practice as a path of purification, and then on wise effort in concentration practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-02-02 Introduction to Concentration Practice 57:36
We begin four weeks of attention to the three meditative factors of the Eightfold Path, starting with concentration, and including a concentrative exercise and attention to wise effort in concentraton.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2011-01-17 Practicing Metta in Daily Life - Widening Circles of Metta 49:04
As we do on the cushion, we practice metta in daily life in widening circles. We explore sustaining individual formal metta practice, metta in our relationships, and metta in the larger world. (Followed by questions and responses.)
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2011-01-12 How Metta Transforms Us 56:09
In this second talk of the retreat, we explore further the spirit of metta, through teachings and stories, focusing as well on the themes of metta as a concentration practice, as opening a process of purification, and, as it matures, as increasingly embodied and wise.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2010-12-22 Practicing with the Dark and the Light at the Winter Solstice: Talk and Ritual 55:39
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-12-20 Embracing the Dark, Inviting the Light. 58:34
At this time of Winter Solstice we explore a number of ways that our practice is to open to the dark (as nature's stillness and silence, as the unknown, as the difficult and as fertile and generative) and to evoke the light, learning better how to hold both.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Solstice Retreat
2010-12-15 Gradual and Immediate Awakening, II 60:49
We look in more depth at the path of gradual awakening and its complimentary path and practice of immediate awakening, suggesting a variety of ways to practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-12-08 Gradual and Immediate Awakening, I 63:16
We explore the complementarity of gradual and immediate (or sudden) ways of practicing, with some experiential exercises.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-11-24 Cultivating Generosity and Gratitude 60:30
We examine the nature of generosity and gratitude and both how to cultivate them , and what stands in the way of their expression through stories and teachings.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-11-17 Practicing with Intentions 46:52
We explore 1) The nature of intentions, 2) The importance of intentions in our practice, 3) karma and intentions, and 4) how to practice with intentions.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

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