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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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2015-11-11 Eight Ways of Studying and Transforming Reactivity 65:09
We expand last week's exploration of practicing with reactivity, identifying eight further ways of practicing with reactivity in its many manifestations--individual, relational, and social.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-10-07 The Urgency of Now - Connecting Inner and Outer Transformation 66:23
As we face multiple crises, yet also open to new transformations - inner and outer- a new type of spiritual practitioner is needed, who is able to connect inner and outer transformation. Echoing the Buddhist bodhisattvas, Jewish prophets, Jesus, many indigenous leaders, Gandhi, King, and Dorothy Day, among others, the "new bodhisattva" follows a new kind of training which is outlined.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-09-30 Practicing with Anger 64:39
After looking at the multiple sources of confusion about anger for western Buddhist practitioners, we examine a number of perspectives and ways of practicing with anger.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-09-23 New Beginnings: Falling Short, Re-Connecting 60:47
At this time of year (Harvest Festival, Yom Kippur etc.) of new beginnings and seeing where we have "fallen short" or want to forgive in some part of our lives, we go through a series of reflections, traditional and contemporary, leading to a re-dedication to our deeper intentions.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2015-09-17 Four Stages in the Transformation of the Judgmental Mind 61:42
We first cover an overview of the two main inter-related ways that transformation of the judgmental mind occurs: (1) mindfulness and investigation of judgments; and (2) cultivating awakened states, particularly through "heart practices." In this talk, we examine four stages of the first way: investigating and transforming judgments by first noticing them and becoming more mindful of them in terms of the body, core narratives, emotional energy, etc., and then going beneath the surface of judgments, revealing and transforming the underlying habitual tendencies and core limiting beliefs, often initially unconscious.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Transforming the Judgmental Mind
2015-09-15 Transforming the Judgmental Mind: An Overview 56:26
We explore the nature of the judgmental mind, including the distinction of reactive judgments with non-reactive discernment, how judgments often carry insight and intelligence, and the two main ways of inner transformation of the judgmental mind.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Transforming the Judgmental Mind
2015-09-05 The “Thinning” of the Self: Exploring and Practicing Anattā (“Not-Self”) 2: Guided Meditation Studying the Thick Self 11:43
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2015-09-05 The “Thinning” of the Self: Exploring and Practicing Anattā (“Not-Self”) 3: Varieties of the Self 44:49
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2015-09-05 The “Thinning” of the Self: Exploring and Practicing Anattā (“Not-Self”) 1: Introduction and Overview 45:58
The teaching of anattā (“not-self”) points to one of the three fundamental areas of liberating insight taught by the Buddha (along with the teachings on impermanence and on suffering or dukkha). Yet anattā can very challenging and confusing for contemporary practitioners. Is there “no self” (as anattā is sometimes translated)? How do we make sense of our feelings of individuality, identity, ancestry, and vocation? How do we address our own personal experiences of woundedness, trauma, and oppression? Are these all simply to be “transcended”? How is a sense of self actually in many ways important for contemporary spiritual development, and how is working with our own individual conditioning, whether psychological or social in origin, central to our liberation? How do we integrate attending to such conditioning with opening as well to the power and energy of experiences beyond the habitual sense of self? In this daylong, we will explore these vital questions primarily in a practical way. Using the metaphors of “thinning the self” and working with a “thick” sense of self, we will cover three aspects of practice: (1) cultivating, in several ways, the “thinning” of the self, both in meditation and in everyday life, including working with the Five Skandhas or “aggregates” of experience; (2) tracking and working with different manifestations of a “thick” sense of self, both as appearing in experience and as hidden to awareness; and (3) opening to experiencing beyond a fixed sense of self, as awareness, compassion, and responsiveness deepen.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2015-09-05 The “Thinning” of the Self: Exploring and Practicing Anattā (“Not-Self”) 5: Not-Self & The Five Skandhas 13:28
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