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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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2015-03-17 Equanimity 56:52
With poems, stories, haikus, and teachings, we explore the nature of equanimity, how to practice to cultivate equanimity, and some of the challenges of in our development of equanimity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Insight 1 Month Retreat
2015-03-16 Brahma Vihara Day 16 - Mudita 37:06
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Insight 1 Month Retreat
2015-03-13 Morning Instructions Day 12 3:45
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Insight 1 Month Retreat
2015-03-12 Cultivating Concentration (Samadhi) 59:45
An overview of (1) the nature and importance of concentration in our practice; (2) some suggestions on how to strengthen concentration; (3) some of the challenges of cultivating concentration, including striving, spiritual bypassing, and attachment to states of concentration; and, briefly, (4) the relationship of concentration and insight practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Insight 1 Month Retreat
2015-03-10 Brahma Vihara Day 10: Metta for All Beings 43:20
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Insight 1 Month Retreat
2015-03-06 Morning Instructions Day 6 39:28
Mindfulness of Feeling-Tone (the Second Foundation of Mindfulness) and Introduction to the Third Foundation of Mindfulness (here, practicing with thoughts and emotions)
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Insight 1 Month Retreat
2015-03-03 Brahma Vihara Day 3 40:08
The Close Friend and Radiation Metta
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Insight 1 Month Retreat
2015-03-01 Morning Instructions Day 1 39:10
Mindfulness of the breath (or another primary object)
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Insight 1 Month Retreat
2015-02-28 The Spiritual Journey 47:43
In the context of the beginning of a month-long retreat (and, for some, beginning the second month of a two-month retreat), we explore briefly the cross-cultural expressions of a spiritual "journey" or "path," and the typical stages of such a journey.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center March Insight 1 Month Retreat
2015-02-18 Thinning of the Self 3 67:32
After a brief review of the last two talks - on the general theme of "not-self" and two ways of practicing (opening to the flow of experience, examining the "thick" self) we look at further ways of practicing including being aware of the particular constituents without adding "my" and "mine"; cultivating heart practices such as lovingkindness, compassion, forgiveness and empathy and opening to a "pure awareness" what has been called in the Thai Forest tradition, the "primal" or "radiant" mind.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

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