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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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2010-06-29 Speech Practice and the Path of Awakening 55:37
In this talk, we locate speech practice in the context of the path of awakening, first explaining the meanings of awakening and path. We then suggest a map of three broad types of interrelated speech practices, focusing on the first type - using ethical principles to guide our speech. We'll explore the others in further talks.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness, Wise Speech, and Compassionate Communication
2010-05-05 Four Reflections That Turn Us to Deeper Practice, II 66:10
We continue to explore the Tibetan based teaching of the Four Reflections (or reminders) which help us turn more fully to the Dharma, giving a brief review of 1) the preciousness and rarity of human life, and 2) impermanence and suffering, then moving to examine in more depth 3) how our actions and thoughts matter and leave imprints- or karma, and 4) the importance of knowing and turning always from our habitual tendencies leading to suffering.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-04-28 Four Reflections Which Turn us to Deeper Practice- Part I 64:12
We explore the first two of the traditional Tibetan "mind-turning" reflections on the preciousness of human life , and on impermanence and death, with suggestions on how to practice these reflections and how this may quicken and deepen our practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-04-08 Resources from the Teachings and Practice of the Buddha for Transforming Distressing States of Body, Heart and Mind 63:55
We examine the twin tracks of transformation - (1) going into what is difficult, into our suffering and wounds; and (2) cultivating awakened states. We explore the resources of (1) wisdom, through examining the the Four Truths and the arrows; (2) mindfulness as a central tool leading to wisdom; and (3) heart practices such as lovingkindness - all with an eye to their roles in helping us to transform distress.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Transforming Distressing States of Mind, Heart, and Body­-For Ourselves and Our World
2010-04-07 Deepening Our Practice II: Deepening in Three Domains of Our Life 58:42
We build from last week's identification of four broad ways of deepening formal practice: 1) developing simplicity, focus and a sense of clear priorities in one's life; 2) developing a strong support structure in various ways; 3) cultivating, in practice, qualities like mindfulness, metta, wisdom etc.; 4) developing a wise and compassionate sense of the path. We explore what these also mean in two other domains- everyday life (work relationships, family, community, the flow of our days); and our service and action in the larger world.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-03-31 Deepening Our Formal Meditation Practice 55:42
Through reflection on just having taught a month-long retreat and several poems, we explore a number of ways to deepen our formal meditation practice through simplicity, focus, building a strong "container", developing mindfulness and lovingkindness in relation to what happens, and increased invocation of the "wise parent" (or grandparent...aka "discipline").
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-03-24 The Heart of Wisdom: Connecting Loving Kindness and Equanimity 61:52
Heart practices and wisdom practices can appear to speak different languages and have different aims; for example, lovingkindness wishes well whereas equanimity says, "no matter what I wish for, things are as they are." We explore how the heart and wisdom connect through exploring (1) lovingkindness, (2) equanimity, and (3) how the two inform each other and are integrated.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March 2010 Month Long
2010-03-17 Knowledge and Vision of Things as They Are (Liberative Dependent Arising 8) 59:52
We explore how "knowledge and vision of things as they are," supported by concentration and earlier factors, brings us insight into impermanence, suffering and the roots of suffering, and not-self. We examine some of the forces and structure that lead to delusion and a lack of clear seeing, as well as how to practice to cultivate these insights.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March 2010 Month Long
2010-03-10 Delight in the Dharma (Liberative Dependent Arising 3) 56:46
Delight (or joy or gladness, pamojja) is the second factor that emerges as we shift away from repetitive cycles of suffering. We explore how delight manifests as delight in practice, in our integrity, the "bliss of blamelessness," and in other ways. We also look at how to cultivate delight, how delight or joy support the deepening of our practice, and what makes delight difficult to access.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March 2010 Month Long
2010-03-03 Mindfulness of the Body and Why It Is So Important 60:28
Mindfulness of the body is absolutely fundamental for our practice and was for the Buddha, both a starting point and an end point. We explore (1) why mindfulness of the body is crucial both in the Buddha's teaching and especially in our highly mental culture; (2) how we practice mindfulness of breathing and mindfulness of postures and activities; and (3) how mindfulness of the body works to transform us.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March 2010 Month Long

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