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Donald Rothberg's Dharma Talks at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
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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2017-07-26 The Dharma in the Holy Land 2: Dharma Practice, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and Inter-Generational Trauma 1:17:35
In this second talk following Donald’s five weeks in Israel/Palestine, we focus first on how to bring our practice to difficult and sometimes stuck places generally, whether individual, interpersonal, or collective. What helps? We then, with a deep breath, examine the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the aim of bringing empathy, compassion, understanding, and other aspects of our practice to what we interpret as a conflict between two traumatized peoples (albeit an asymmetrical conflict in which one side has much more economic, social, political, and military power). How do we understand, approach, and transform such inter-generational trauma? Some initial steps are identified, again with the suggestion that the dynamics are similar to many less complex but still very difficult and stuck situations of an individual or interpersonal nature.
2017-07-19 The Dharma in the Holy Land 1 1:12:08
In the first of two talks reflecting on just returning from five weeks of teaching and traveling in Israel/Palestine, we start to explore two themes: (1) identity in the context of Buddhist teachings about anatta and Donald's experience of being with many people in Israel with very similar East European Jewish ancestry; and (2) how to understand, be with, respond to, and transform unresolved and tragic historical trauma and suffering, found both with Jewish Israelis and Palestinians both in Israel and the occupied territories. A second talk will continue this exploration.
Attached Files:
2017-06-07 Committed Action, Non-Attachment to Outcome 2 (Drop-in Program at Spirit Rock) 67:39
2017-06-01 Four Steps in Transforming the Judgmental Mind 1:10:14
We explore one model of how we follow the trail of judgments, studying them closely, and eventually accessing their generation by (relatively) unconscious limiting beliefs. At a later point, the transformation of these limiting beliefs and the integration of such transformation in daily life become possible.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center (Angela Center) Transforming the Judgmental Mind
2017-05-30 Transforming the Judgmental Mind 69:54
An overview of the nature of the judgmental mind, the distinction between judgment (in the sense of being "judgmental") and discernment, how the judgmental mind is transformed, and some of the tools and perspectives important in this process of transformation.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center (Angela Center) Transforming the Judgmental Mind
2017-05-03 Deepening Daily Life Practice 3--Further Foundational Practices 63:58
After a brief review of the first two sessions in this series, we explore three foundational practices for deepening daily life practice, first (1) grounding in awareness of the body, and (2) taking challenges (internal and external) as practice. We then explore experientially (3) a practice of stabilizing in mindfulness and then carrying out an activity with as much awareness as possible, then returning to mindfulness, then bringing awareness to another activity.
2017-04-26 Deepening Daily Life Practice 2--Developing a Broad Sense of Practice 66:14
We continue to explore a number of ways to deepen practice, here particularly focusing on having a broad view of practice, that includes formal meditation, but brings in many dimensions of practice, some traditional, some more contemporary. We explore evolutionary perspectives on the nature of contemporary practice.
2017-04-19 Deepening Daily Life Practice 1--50 Ways of Deepening 59:35
We explore a number of ways to deepen daily practice, inviting each participant to choose one or two (or three) ways to deepen for the next week.
2017-04-17 Loving-Kindness: Cultivating the Open and Wise Heart 2:43:08
Loving-kindness is the practice of cultivating a warm, open heart towards ourselves and others. First session on first day.
2017-04-10 The Shared Heart of Buddhist Practice and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Nonviolence 1:11:40
At a time when there is a great need for us to have a sense of practice in all the parts of our lives—our individual consciousness, relational life, and social engagement—we explore the powerful vision of integrating Buddhist practice and traditions of nonviolence; each has its strengths and weaknesses. We do so by pointing to the shared heart of Buddhist practice and the nonviolence of Martin Luther King, Jr.—identifying four main areas: (1) the “optimistic” view of the deep goodness of human nature, (2) the understanding of reactivity and “passing on the pain” as the roots of dukkha (or suffering) and violence; (3) the grounding in an ethics of non-harming and nonviolence; and (4) the centrality of lovingkindness (metta) and love that is ultimately extended to all.

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