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

 

Integrating the Kind Heart with Wisdom – Donald Rothberg

Oct 21, 2023

Part 2: GBF 2023 Fall Retreat.

Most spiritual traditions and religions speak about the value of compassion, but Buddhism seems to be the only one with specific practices for developing this quality and opening our hearts.

In this talk, Donald Rothberg explores the challenges we face when opening our hearts. Once we do, how do we integrate this compassion with wisdom? What challenges do we face when we try this?

He also identifies how traditional gender roles can hinder opening our hearts and developing compassion. 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/