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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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2007-04-28 The Path Of The Bodhisattva 63:48
The path of the Bodhisattva is both a traditional way of practice and an evolving contemporary way of linking awakening with helping others. We look at the history of the Bodhisattva and five qualities that the Bodhisattva develops. 1. intentions/vow 2. patience and commitment 3. meditation 4. wisdom and 5. skillful action.
2007-04-18 Inquiry Beneath The Surface: Working With Difficulity - part 2 63:43
In this second talk on inquiry beneath the surface through working with difficulties, we look at the basic conditioned reactions to pleasant and unpleasant, and look at how to practice and inquire on a personal and interpersonal level
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2007-04-04 Developing Energy In Our Practice: Wise Effort - part 2 62:13
A review of the traditional four “wise efforts,” formulated also in everyday (Kayalcins) language, followed by a discussion of some of the visible hazards of ‘wise effort practice” and of “effortless effect.”
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2007-03-28 Developing Energy In Our Practice: Wise Effort - part 1 46:42
Developing energy and effort in our practice is crucial. In its mature form, effort becomes “effortless” but on the way, we need to support our practice’s energy both generally and moment-to-moment. We look at the traditional teaching of the four “wise efforts,” adding some contemporary metaphors, especially drawn from Kayakins.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2007-03-21 Transforming Judgment - part 2 47:28
We review some of the main themes of transforming judgments – the nature of judgments and four main ways of working with judgments, using mindfulness, inquiry, and heart practices. We add some exploration of the cultural dimension of judgments and how to combine inner work on judgments with outer response and how to combine inner work on judgments with outer response.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2007-03-14 Transforming Judgment - part 1 53:55
Working with judgments is a kind of “royal road” of transformation, taking us into our deep and often unconscious views, sense of self and pain. We look at the importance of this work, and the speaker tells personal stories illustrating four ways of working with judgments: 1. mindfulness 2. seeing core patterns of mind and heart 3. metta, compassion, joy – using heart practices, and 4. deep inquiry.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2007-01-31 Mindfulness And Papanca - part 2 57:37
We focus, in this record of two talks, on the nature of Papanca or “conceptual proliferation” its roots in compulsive craving and aversion, and a number of different ways to work skillfully with Papanca.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2007-01-17 The Dharma And Martin Luther King, Jr 52:39
At this time of King’s birthday, we use the Vietnamese Buddhist recent understanding of three core areas of the Dharma- wisdom, compassion and courage with each we examine both the teachings of the Buddha and the life and work of King, playing several of his talks.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2007-01-12 Metta For Self, Metta For The World 63:07
Metta to self is traditionally a starting point for Metta practice. Yet this is challenging for many of us as we work with our pain, judgments and demons. As we develop in Metta to self, we bring Metta out into the world, which deeply needs it. This requires a lot of creativity. We end by exploring the coverage needed to bring Metta into the world, and the need for a "tough metta" -- a Metta able to respond to difficult situations, a Metta that is neither passive nor a pushover.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta Retreat
2007-01-03 What Comes Next In Our Wild, Precious Lives? - part 1 57:24
In our lives we often ask: "What comes next?" in my practice, in my life. We may feel stuck, or energized but not know how to manifest concretely in our lives. We explore the nature of our wold unfolding and some practical ways to tune into "what wants to come next?"
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

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