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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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2019-05-29 : From the Ordinary Habitual Mind to the Buddha-Mind 6: Opening to the Awakened Heart 2 57:21
We continue to focus on two core themes related to developing the open, awakened heart: (1) Seeing what blocks the heart and responding skillfully in the moment and over time, and (2) cultivating the open awakened heart in a variety of ways, both in and out of meditation.
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2019-05-22 From the Ordinary Habitual Mind to the Buddha-Mind 5: Opening to the Awakened Heart 57:02
After a brief account of the ten parameters of transformation that we’re considering in this series, we look at one of them--the ordinary habitual “heart,” our emotions and our access (or not) to kindness and care. We examine many factors that block or limit the awakened heart of kindness and love, including greed, hatred, and delusion; several dimensions of social and historical conditioning; the split between mind, body, and emotions; unhealed wounds; emotions like fear and anger; and attachment to views. We point to some of the ways, including in meditation practice, to access the awakened heart.
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2019-05-20 Monday Night Dharma Talk with Donald Rothberg and Stephen Fulder -Developing our Capacities to Make Change in the World 1:11:27
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2019-05-19 Keeping Cool in the Fire: Transforming Inner and Outer Conflict - Day 2 -Practicing with Difficult Emotions, Thoughts, and Body States 1:15:03
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2019-05-18 Keeping Cool in the Fire: Transforming Inner and Outer Conflict - Day 1 - The Two Arrows, the Middle Way, and the Both-And Model of Conflict Transformation 1:11:26
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2019-05-18 Keeping Cool in the Fire: Transforming Inner and Outer Conflict - Day 1 - The Nature of Conflict and Why Being with Conflict Is Difficult 46:11
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2019-05-01 From the Ordinary Habitual Mind to the Buddha-Mind 4: Practicing with the Body 2 66:25
We contextualize our conditioning in relationship to the different “parts” of our experience—related to our thinking, emotions, and body—by examining some the social and cultural history of the last few hundred years, in which thinking has been increasingly differentiated from emotions and the body. We then examine further the nature of our ordinary, habitual experience of the body. The main focus is on a number of “body practices,” including mindfulness of the body in both formal meditation and daily life, ways to self-regulate when there is high activation, using the body in investigation of experience, and the body as a key to presence in speech and interaction.
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2019-04-10 From the Ordinary Habitual Mind to the Buddha-Mind 3: Practicing with the Body 1.” 1:26:32
After an overview of ten aspects of the transformation of the ordinary habitual mind, and a review of the first, examining how thinking is transformed, we look at (1) the nature of contemporary habitual experience of the body, (2) the nature of the awakened experience of the body, and (3) how we practice to enact this transformation, particularly focusing on various aspects of mindfulness of the body.
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2019-04-03 From the Habitual Ordinary Mind to the Buddha-Mind 2: Practicing with Thinking. 63:43
After an overview of ten aspects of the transformation of the habitual mind, we start with the first, examining how thinking is transformed. We look at (1) the nature of habitual thinking, with some attention to contemporary conditioning, (2) how such habitual thinking is transformed, and (3) how we practice to enact this transformation.
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2019-04-01 Seven Stages of the Spiritual Journey - Monday Night Dharma Talk 68:09
We explore the nature of the spiritual journey, using three reference points: (1) Mary Oliver’s poem, “The Journey”; (2) the life of the Buddha; and (3) the experiences of our own journeys. The journey goes from taking life for granted through questioning, looking for something deeper, leaving the habitual, going through challenges and “purification,” awakening, and then a return.
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