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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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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.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
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.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-03-29 Reflections on a Four-Week Retreat and Re-entry into Daily Life 63:45
Reflections on some of the main themes of a just-completed retreat, focusing especially on several themes related to daily life, including our relationships, to information, doing, time and intention.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-02-22 A Life of Integrity 2 65:14
We continue to explore the nature of integrity in a life of practice, identifying challenges to integrity and engaging in dyadic inquiry to illuminate one's own relationship to integrity.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-02-19 Cultivating Wise Speech: Becoming More Skillful in Your Speech Practice (Daylong at Spirit Rock) 51:21
Integrating Inner and Outer Awareness During Speaking -- Talk, Exercise, and Discussion
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-02-19 Cultivating Wise Speech: Becoming More Skillful in Your Speech Practice (Daylong at Spirit Rock) 1:42:46
Overview of Wise Speech Practice and the Buddha's Wise Speech Ethical Guidelines -- Talk, Exercise, and Discussion
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-02-01 A Life of Integrity 1 66:56
We explore some of the different dimensions and meanings of integrity in our practice at this time, including looking at some of the challenges to integrity and how we work with such challenges. We continue to keep the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as one reference point in our inquiry into integrity, and include an audio excerpt from his final speech, in Memphis in 1968.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-01-18 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Buddhist Practice, and the Needs of Our Times 2: What Does A Life of Integrity Mean in Our Times? 65:06
We review the deep intention of both Buddhist practice and the life and work of Dr. King to bring wisdom, love, and skillful action to all parts and all moments of our lives. We then look at how this results in a life of integrity, of wholeness, in terms of the Noble Eightfold Path, on the one hand, and the extension of the "love ethic" to the social and political dimensions of life by Dr. King, on the other. We look at the challenges of Dr. King's stance on Vietnam, and listen to an excerpt from his "Beyond Vietnam" speech at the Riverside Church in New York on April 4, 1967.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
2017-01-11 The Spirit of Metta Practice and the Challenges to Practicing Metta 55:03
Metta practice offers a radical approach: To bring the wise, kind, and embodied heart to every moment and to every situation, even when things are difficult. Yet there are a number of challenges to such practice. These challenges are identified, and suggestions are given on how to work with these challenges.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center January Metta Retreat
2017-01-11 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Buddhist Practice, and the Needs of Our Times 1: Bringing Wisdom and Love to All Parts of Our Lives 61:11
We explore the shared heart of the approaches of Buddhist practice and of the life and work of Dr. King (playing a recording of Dr. King reading "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"), pointing to how their integration is crucial to respond to the needs of our times.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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