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Meditation Gathering and Dharma Talk with Donald Rothberg: Practicing with Views and “Opponents”

October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

“Double Star Dance” © Ruth Gendler www.ruthgendler.com

In this time of intense polarization and uncertainty, we  welcome visiting teacher, Donald Rothberg, to explore our internal and external responses to situations in which we encounter people who seem like “opponents,” including those with radically different views, whether a family member, co-worker, community member, or those in the public realm. We can explore, from a more internal perspective, especially our own patterns of reactivity and our own attachments to views (including those which seem to have a lot of validity!). We can also develop heart practices such as empathy, lovingkindness, compassion, and forgiveness. We can further cultivate, from a more external perspective, skillful speech and ways of working creatively with conflicts. In this talk, he will point to how these aspects of our practice can be our guides and support amidst the challenges of polarized views and “opponents.”

Donald Rothberg, PhD, has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976, and has also received training in T

ibetan Dzogchen, 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 six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality th

rough 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.

To listen to Donald’s talks, visit DharmaSeed.org. For more information, visit www.donaldrothberg.com.


October 11
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm