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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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2018-06-27 Ethical Practice 1: Five Ways of Practicing Non-Harming 68:10
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2018-06-06 Practicing Skillfully with Difficult Experiences of Body, Heart, and Mind, in the Context of Aging and Dying (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 51:55
After first naming some of the challenging bodily, emotional, and mental experiences that arise in a human life, and particularly in the context of aging and dying, we explore the different “tools” for responding skillfully to these challenges, including clarity of intention, assessing the intensity of the experience and coming back to balance after overwhelm, mindfulness, body practices, heart practices, and wisdom perspectives.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Aging, Dying and Awakening
2018-05-23 Seven Perspectives on Aging and the Stages of Life, Dying, and Spiritual Practice 62:50
Focusing on aging, the stages of life, and dying is a major “dharma door” or gateway. We examine a number of different perspectives to orient us as we go in that door, including how such a focus helps us to clarify the centrality and urgency of spiritual practice, working through social conditioning regarding aging and dying, using the lenses of teachings and practices investigating impermanence and the nature of the self, and awakening.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2018-05-16 Not-Self (Anatta) in the Context of the Three Ways of Seeing Leading to Liberating Insight (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 62:26
After clarifying further the fundamental practices of our retreat, particularly the three ways of seeing leading to liberating insight, we examine the third way of seeing—seeing anatta (or not-self). We focus less on understanding this way of seeing conceptually, and more on identifying two main ways of practicing—(1) opening to being mindful of the flow of experience, increasingly with a “thinned out” self or lack of self, and (2) noticing and being mindful of when there is a “thick” sense of self.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Equanimity and Awareness Retreat
2018-05-14 The Practice of Developing Samadhi (Retreat at Spirit Rock) 63:10
After examining the nature and importance of samadhi practice, we focus on how to practice samadhi and the main challenges to developing samadhi (and how to work with these challenges).
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Settling, Seeing and Spacious Awareness Retreat
2018-05-02 Things Are Not As They Appear 6: Duality and Non-Duality 63:45
After a brief review of the previous sessions in this series, particularly the last one, we explore a fifth way that things are not as they appear, looking at the habitual tendency to separate oneself and everything else, to experience on the basis of a core duality of subject and object, knower and known, self and other, and the problematic nature of this habitual tendency.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2018-04-30 Transforming the Judgmental Mind 1:11:06
An overview of the nature of the judgmental mind, how it is distinguished from non-reactive discernment, and ways of transforming the judgmental mind. With Q&A.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2018-04-27 Speech in Difficult Situations: 5 Points 18:20
Spirit Rock Meditation Center Monday and Wednesday Talks
2018-04-25 Practicing with Thoughts and Emotions in the Context of Speech Practice 67:50
We examine the importance of practicing skillfully with thoughts and emotions as one of the foundations of mindful communication, pointing to several ways of working with thoughts and emotions, with a guided meditation using the "RAIN" method (recognize, accept, develop interest and inquire, and "non-identify" with what is occurring).
Sacred Stream Center :  Mindful Communication: A Wise Speech Retreat
2018-04-25 Morning instructions #3 - Feeling Tone / Vedana 37:32
Sacred Stream Center :  Mindful Communication: A Wise Speech Retreat

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