“If you’re invested in security and certainty,
you are on the wrong planet.” 
– Pema Chödrön

 

Extending the Retreat into Your Daily Life – Donald Rothberg

Oct 22, 2023

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Part 3: GBF 2023 Fall Retreat.
How do we embody in our lives the practices we learn and the qualities we develop on retreat?

In this talk, Donald Rothberg examines how we can ‘bring the retreat home’ with us and make our practice real in everyday life. He suggests key methods for accomplishing this, including:
> Become grounded in one’s body.
> Meditate on a different quality each week, such as impermanence, reactivity, non-self,
> Commit to engage in one heart practice each day: loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, or equanimity (the Four Immeasurables).
> Set an intention before each interaction with others, such as kindness, empathy or presence.
> Examine the priorities in one’s life and then commit to follow one each week.

A rich Q&A dialogue follows.
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Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Center, and a teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center, teaches retreats and groups on concentration and insight meditation practice, loving-kindness practice, transforming the judgmental mind, mindful communication, working skillfully with conflict, and socially engaged Buddhism.

He has practiced insight meditation since 1976 and received training in Tibetan Dzogchen, body-based psychotherapy, and trauma work. He has helped guide many six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality, both Buddhist-based and interfaith. 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.”
Find him at https://donaldrothberg.com/