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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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2010-10-12 Why do we practice? 18:34
It is helpful to connect with our deeper aspirations to practice - at the beginning of a retreat as well as before practice sessions. Twelve different responses to the question of why we practice are explored.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Cultivating Clear Seeing, Opening the Heart
2010-09-22 Inner and Outer- Part 2 58:07
We continue to explore the twin practices of studying and deconstructing the separate self, and opening to interdependence, in part through a number of practices.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-09-15 Inner and Outer- Part I 61:10
A exploration, with several short exercises, of how we form a separate self, and how we open to interdependence.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-08-11 Wise Speech Practice 6- Wise Speech in Difficult Conditions, Part 2 63:46
We conclude our six sessions on wise speech by focusing on perspectives, practices and guidelines that help us be more skillful with difficult speech situations. The talk is followed by a guided exercise and discussion.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-08-04 Wise Speech Practice 5: Wise Speech in Difficult Conditions 68:07
We complete examination of the model of Non-Violent Communication, with a focus on applying the model to difficult situations.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-07-28 Wise Speech Practice 4- Mindfulness & Non-Violent Communication 2 62:07
In the context of wise speech practice, we continue to explore being aware of feelings and needs and introduce skillful ways to identify "how things are" through "observations."
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-07-21 Wise Speech Practice 3- Mindfulness & Nonviolent Communication 66:16
We explore nonviolent communication as a refinement of mindfulness, focusing particularly on 'needs' (what matters) and feelings (or emotions)
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-07-14 Wise Speech Practice #2- Minfulness and Speech Practice: includes exercises/discussions 63:52
After a review of last time, of the importance of speech practice and the ethical guidelines for wise speech, we explore two ways of cultivating mindfulness in our speech, concluding with an exercise to cultivate inner and outer attention at the same time.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-07-07 Introduction to Wise Speech Practice 56:10
A discussion of the importance of speech practice and of the four ethical guidelines for wise speech, inviting initial practice of cultivating wise speech.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2010-07-03 Speech Practice in Difficult Situations 63:40
Our speech practice deepens when we take difficult speech situations as becoming opportunities. We explore the centrality of working skillfully with reactivity; the possibility of becoming more skilled with finding non-dual approaches to conflict and how there are always openings for practice, even when the other seems uninterested in communication.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Mindfulness, Wise Speech, and Compassionate Communication

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