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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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2016-11-19 Talk 1 - Exploring and Practicing Anatta (Not-Self): An Overview 52:04
An overview talk for a daylong of teachings and practices related to exploring anatta (not-self).
Insight Santa Cruz
2016-11-16 Dharma Practice after the Election 2: Out of This Difficult Time, Our Task is . . . 44:56
A talk, followed by discussion, helping us to understand this time we have entered, after the 2016 election, and pointing to our core practices and understandings as our foundations and guides.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2016-11-16 Dharma Practice after the Election 1: Out of This Difficult Time, Our Task is . . . 32:11
A set of interactive practices in the manner of Joanna Macy's "Work That Reconnects," exploring our post-election experiences.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2016-10-26 Dharma Practice and the Election 65:56
We often say, "Let no part of your experience be left out of your practice." Okay-- how about "practicing with the election"? We explore 5 ways to focus our practice in this context, through (1) practicing with views and positions; (2) developing empathy; (3) working with difficult emotions; (4) seeing the world through the lens of our practice; and (5) acting.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2016-10-19 Empathy 2 1:11:34
After a review of last week's overview about the nature of empathy and empathy practice, we explore working with some of the challenges of such practice, and what a high level of empathy looks like.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2016-10-12 Empathy: Its Nature, What Makes It Hard, and How to Develop It 64:21
We explore the nature of empathy and its importance, the biological basis for empathy, what gets in the way of empathy, several ways to practice empathy, and what empathy looks like when highly developed.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2016-10-10 Practicing with Views and Opinions, Cultivating Empathy 1:25:00
In the context of the current election campaign as well as the context of our daily lives, we explore how to understand and practice with our views, opinions, and interpretations. We first look at the nature of views, the Buddha’s teachings on views, and three main ways to practice with views, with particular attention to being mindful of reactivity (attachment and aversion) in relation to views. We then examine the nature of empathy and how to cultivate empathy in relationship to others (and ourselves), including those with different views.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2016-09-14 Practicing with Views 3 - Deconstructing Subtle Views 66:46
After a review of our previous practices with everyday views, we explore more subtle views, including, including the methods of the Buddha's Middle Way, Nagarjuna, and Zen.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2016-09-07 Practicing with Views - Part 2 69:55
We continue to examine the nature of views and attachment to views, exploring the Buddha's pragmatic approach and working with an exercise to go more deeply into views, attachment to views, and what helps us be less attached to views.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2016-08-31 Transforming the Judgmental Mind 9 - Practicing with Views 64:29
After a review of the nature of the judgmental mind and the inner practices to transform it, we begin to work with how to practice with judgments in the context of interaction and communication. We start with looking at views and our attachment to views, offering three practices for the next week.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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