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Donald Rothberg

Donald Rothberg, PhD, has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976, and has also received training in Tibetan 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 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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Featured Audio Talk
November 07, 2021 - Introduction to Awakened Awareness

Awakened awareness is a nondual awareness beyond the structure of knower and known—beyond the ordinary self. It is also beyond the kinds of meditative selves that we set up. Have you noticed that we set up a kind of a self in meditation: the one who tracks things, the one who knows things? This is very important and helpful, but it’s still a kind of construction. Awakened awareness goes beyond that, and beyond many of the structures of ordinary experience: time, space, the sense of self, ordinary objects, and so forth. Samādhi and insight practices really build toward and lead to this kind of awareness.

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