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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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2017-09-03 Forms of Meditation Practice in Nonviolence Training; Metta (Lovingkindness) Practice 46:39
First, there is a short account of the various types of meditative practice that complement more outwardly-oriented nonviolence training and that could constitute more inwardly-oriented nonviolence training. Then there is a brief introduction to metta practice, along with guidance in this practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Buddhist Practice and Gandhian/Kingian Nonviolence Training
2017-09-02 The Two Arrows and Nonviolence Training: Teaching and Guided Practice 28:49
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Buddhist Practice and Gandhian/Kingian Nonviolence Training
2017-09-02 Introductions & Overviews--Kazu Haga and Donald Rothberg 24:48
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Buddhist Practice and Gandhian/Kingian Nonviolence Training
2017-08-23 Ten Ways of Practicing with Those with Opposing Views 63:44
We explore ten ways of responding, internally and externally, to “opponents,” particularly those with radically different views, whether a family member, co-worker, or fellow community member, on the one hand, or those in the public realm.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-07-27 Equanimity 62:04
We explore the nature of equanimity, why equanimity is important, several ways to practice equanimity, and some of the challenges of developing equanimity.
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley IMCB Regular Talks
2017-07-26 The Dharma in the Holy Land 2: Dharma Practice, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and Inter-Generational Trauma 1:17:35
In this second talk following Donald’s five weeks in Israel/Palestine, we focus first on how to bring our practice to difficult and sometimes stuck places generally, whether individual, interpersonal, or collective. What helps? We then, with a deep breath, examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the aim of bringing empathy, compassion, understanding, and other aspects of our practice to what we interpret as a conflict between two traumatized peoples (albeit an asymmetrical conflict in which one side has much more economic, social, political, and military power). How do we understand, approach, and transform such inter-generational trauma? Some initial steps are identified, again with the suggestion that the dynamics are similar to many less complex but still very difficult and stuck situations of an individual or interpersonal nature.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-07-19 The Dharma in the Holy Land 1 1:12:08
In the first of two talks reflecting on just returning from five weeks of teaching and traveling in Israel/Palestine, we start to explore two themes: (1) identity in the context of Buddhist teachings about anatta and Donald's experience of being with many people in Israel with very similar East European Jewish ancestry; and (2) how to understand, be with, respond to, and transform unresolved and tragic historical trauma and suffering, found both with Jewish Israelis and Palestinians both in Israel and the occupied territories. A second talk will continue this exploration.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Attached Files:
2017-06-07 Committed Action, Non-Attachment to Outcome 2 (Drop-in Program at Spirit Rock) 67:39
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-06-01 Four Steps in Transforming the Judgmental Mind 1:10:14
We explore one model of how we follow the trail of judgments, studying them closely, and eventually accessing their generation by (relatively) unconscious limiting beliefs. At a later point, the transformation of these limiting beliefs and the integration of such transformation in daily life become possible.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center (Angela Center) Transforming the Judgmental Mind
2017-05-30 Transforming the Judgmental Mind 69:54
An overview of the nature of the judgmental mind, the distinction between judgment (in the sense of being "judgmental") and discernment, how the judgmental mind is transformed, and some of the tools and perspectives important in this process of transformation.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center (Angela Center) Transforming the Judgmental Mind

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