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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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2016-10-19 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
2016-07-20 Transforming the Judgmental Mind 8 - Practicing with Judgments Related to Social Conditioning 2 1:12:26
We combine a review of the nature of reactive judgments related to social conditioning (particularly related to social hierarchies such as those connected with race, gender, class, sexual orientation, etc.) with an outline of some ways to transform these judgments (pointing to the need also to transform the associated power structures).
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2016-07-13 Transforming the Judgmental Mind 7 - Practicing with Judgments Related to Social Conditioning 1:11:06
Partly with the reference point of recent violence in Orlando, Minnesota, Louisiana, and Dallas, we explore the nature of judgments related to social conditioning. We look at judgments, both conscious and more hidden (in "implicit bias"), related to social hierarchies based on race, gender, class, sexual orientation, etc. We suggest some initial ways to practice.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2016-07-06 Guided Meditation: Exploring the Judgmental Mind 9:11
A guided meditation on exploring the judgmental mind.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2016-07-06 Transforming the Judgmental Mind 6 - Exploring Judgments and Accessing Their Hidden Roots 1:11:45
After a review of the basic framework used for transforming judgments, we explore how to investigate judgments in multiple ways that take us toward opening up the hidden unconscious roots of judgments.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks

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