Recognizing that there are phases of more inner work and more outer engagement, and very personal ways of navigating this balance, Donald will help us clarify a number of themes related to engaged practice, such as: seeing the world with dharma eyes; working with wise speech and cultivating empathy in the midst of differences and conflicts; opening to difficult emotions and working with reactivity; and connecting with the vision of what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the "beloved community."
Donald Rothberg, Ph.D ., is a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock. He has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976 and also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice, in the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy, and in the Somatic Experiencing approach to trauma. He teaches and writes on Insight and Lovingkindness Meditation, and the application of these and other practices to transforming the judgmental mind, speech and communication, working with conflict, social service, and social action; he has also helped to guide a number of six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality, both Buddhist-based and interfaith - through Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Saybrook Graduate School, and Spirit Rock. Donald 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.
Dana for the teacher and rent. Dating back to the time of the Buddha, there has been an interdependence between those who offer the teachings and those who receive them. Dana is deeply appreciated.
Please bring a lunch. Chairs will be provided. Held at St Luke Presbyterian Church, 10 Bayview Dr., San Rafael CA 94901