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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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2014-06-04 The Roots of Our Practice 3 - The Thai Forest Tradition, I 67:09
We explore briefly the history of Thai Buddhism, and thus focus especially on the lives, practice, and core teachings of Ajahn Mun and Ajahn Chah and the Thai "forest Tradition" more generally.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
Attached Files:
  • Thai Roots by Donald Rothberg (PDF)
2014-05-07 The Roots of Our Practice 1:The Burmese Teachers, Ledi Sayadaw and Mahasi Sayadaw and our Mindfulness Practice. 67:10
Our core practice of mindfulness is based on Mahasi Sayadaw's technique of noting, starting with the breath and moving to all aspects of experiences. How did we receive this practice? We explore the fascinating history from the Buddha through the 19th and 20th Burma, to the West, where these techniques of mindfulness are influential in many settings.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
Attached Files:
  • The Roots of Our Practice 1 by Donald Rothberg (PDF)
  • Mahasi Sayadaw, Satipatthana Vipassana Excerpt by Mahasi Sayadaw (PDF)
2014-05-03 Transforming the Judgmental Mind: An Overview 54:44
An introduction to working with judgments; identifying particular perspectives and practices that help us in this transformative work, including examining the nature of judgments.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2014-04-29 Metta Practice In Daily Life - with Heather Sundberg 63:29
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta 2 day Retreat with Donald Rothberg and Heather Sundberg
2014-04-28 Introduction to Metta Practice and Initial Instructions - with Heather Sundberg 46:37
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Metta 2 day Retreat with Donald Rothberg and Heather Sundberg
2014-04-21 Practicing With Difficult Emotions 61:10
We explore, through stories, poems and teachings, four inter-related ways to practice with difficult emotions, 1- using antidotes, 2- cultivating the "heart practices" of loving-kindness, compassion, joy, forgiveness, etc, 3- cultivating mindfulness and 4- bringing wisdom to the experience
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening in Service & Action: A Study Retreat on Socially Engaged Buddhism
2014-04-19 Practicing With Views and the Judgmental Mind 62:13
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening in Service & Action: A Study Retreat on Socially Engaged Buddhism
2014-04-18 Connecting Inner and Outer Transformation 62:15
We explore the tendencies to polarize inner and outer practices, the vision of connecting them, some socially engaged Buddhist exemplars, and how the principles of transformation are the same whether in individual, relational or collective domains.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Awakening in Service & Action: A Study Retreat on Socially Engaged Buddhism
2014-04-16 Path of Service, Volunteer Dharma Talk 61:56
This is a dharma talk that Donald gave for our volunteer sangha on the theme of "The Path of Service," which is also the theme that Spirit Rock staff are working with this year.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2014-04-16 Three Levels of Daily Life Practice 57:43
After a review of foundational, intermediate and advanced daily life practices, we focus on several central practices, working with intention, using the imagination, grounding in the body and taking difficulties as practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

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