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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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2008-09-03 Renewing Our Practice - Reflections On A Mountain Retreat 54:49
How do we keep our practice fresh? If we are stuck, how do we renew our practice? Reflecting on a just completed time of retreat, we explore four ways of renewing our practice: (1) finding ways to touch our deeper motivations, (2) cutting through habitual psychological patterns, (3) grounding further in the body, and (4) touching our awakened qualities.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2008-05-26 Five Guidelines For Practicing With Conflict 46:54
We explore five aspects of bringing our practice to conflicts - inner, interpersonal, group, or social: 1. At the heart of such practice is transforming reactivity and responding skillfully. Also crucial are different ways of: 2. grounding and centering in the body, 3. resting in the heart, 4. maintaining a non-dual vision, and 5. continuing to be deeply engaged and acting without attachment to immediate outcomes, once we have acted responsively.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Path of Engagement
2008-05-21 Maintaining A Sense Of Vision And Practice In The Midst Of Conflicts 58:12
Why is it so difficult to bring practice into situations of conflict? We look at five reasons for these difficulties, each of which suggests an aspect of our practice in the midst of conflicts. We then explore some resources for nondual conflict transformation, particularly the middle way of the Buddha and a "both-and" vision for working with conflicts.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Path of Engagement
2008-05-14 Self And Not Self III 57:31
Transformation Beyond the Constricted Self After a review of teachings about not-self, and an exploration of the ways that the self appears as an overlay on, or constriction of, the flow of experience, we look in this final talk at what si there when a constrictive self is absent: 1) individuality without identification, 2) awareness, 3) wmptiness of phenomena and self, and 4) compassion and responsiveness.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2008-05-07 Self And Not-Self - part 2 61:10
We first review the basic teachings on self and not-self, exploring the possible confusion and the paradoxes, as well as the teaching of the five skardhas. We then explore three main forms through through which the self appears.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2008-04-30 Self And Not-Self - part 1 61:15
Is there a self?? To explore these questions is to enter the territory of paradox. We investigate how to understand both conventional and conceptual approaches to self....
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2008-04-09 Mindfulness Of The Body, III 67:19
Mindfulness of the body goes against the grain of our culture yet is fundamental for most of us to bring awareness, compassion and wisdom to daily life. We explore some of the transformation possible through mindfulness of the body.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2008-01-30 Three Ways Of Deepening Daily Life Practice 58:57
It's very challenging for our daily lives to be places of deep transformation, yet many of us want this. After looking at one of the challenges, we explore three ways to meet the challenges: 1) knowing what is important 2) taking "our bodies as our monasteries" 3) learning to "break the mirror", get unstuck, over and over again. For each of the three ways, a dharma reading and a poem are given.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2008-01-30 Ways Of Deepening Daily Life Practice 58:57
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2008-01-09 How Metta And Equanimity Lived Happily Ever After Together 61:46
Metta is a powerful practice that helps us lead with our hearts, develop concentration, and "purify" our bodies, hearts and minds, working through obstacles to metta and touching our deep luminosity. Yet metta sometimes seems opposed to wisdom and mindfulness practice, and particularly to equanimity. We explore the qualities of equanimity and then how mature metta requires equanimity and mature equanimity requires metta.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat

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