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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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2013-10-02 The Anatomy of Ignorance 2 - The Social Roots of Ignorance and climate Disruption 64:06
For Earth Care Week we review the three aspects of ignorance examined last week - personal (or psychological), social, and universal. We focus on the social roots of ignorance with attention mostly to understanding and responding to the climate crisis.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2013-09-25 The Anatomy of Ignorance 1 - An Overview 57:45
We examine the centrality of ignorance as a root of suffering and three main inter-related forms of ignorance - (1) Personal and psychological (2) Social and (3) Universal
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2013-09-19 Connecting Inner and Relational Practice with Judgments 65:00
After a further investigation of how to practice when core limiting beliefs linked to judgments are activated, we examine four ways to bring our judgments practices into relational contexts, ending with a song.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Transforming the Judgmental Mind
2013-09-17 The Deep Roots of the Judgmental Mind and Two Ways of Transformation 62:44
Starting from the context of the teachings of dependent origination, we examine three interrelated forms of ignorance -- personal, social and universal -- and how they condition the judgmental mind. We then can see how two ways of transformation can transform, over time, these forms of core ignorance: (1) The way of mindfulness, investigation and accessing transforms ignorance, and (2) the way of cultivation [ ] qualities, especially through "heart practices."
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Transforming the Judgmental Mind
2013-09-15 Transforming the Judgmental Mind 59:48
We inquire into the nature of the "judgmental mind", how it is different from non-reactive discernment, why it is important to work with the judgmental mind, and how we transform it.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Transforming the Judgmental Mind
2013-08-20 Morning Instructions Day 8 49:21
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2013-08-18 Concentration Practice and Insight Practice 63:24
We first look at the nature and limits of concentration, in part through the story of the Buddha. We then see how stillness developed in concentration, in relationship to the (relatively) still object, is brought to changing objects for the purpose of clear seeing of impermanence, suffering, and not self, leading to freedom.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2013-08-17 Morning Instructions Day 5 51:13
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2013-08-16 Wise Effort in Concentration Practice 63:36
An exploration of the challenges of skillful or wise effort in the context of concentration practice, covering (1) the process of purification, (2) a series of suggestions for skillful effort, and (3) how skillful effort deepens into effortless effort.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat
2013-08-14 Metta Practice in the Context of a Concentration Retreat 48:41
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Concentration Retreat

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