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Donald Rothberg is a leading teacher and writer on meditation, the intersection of psychology and spirituality, and socially engaged spiritual practice. He has taught and practiced Buddhist meditation for over 45 years, and his teaching and trainings have helped to pioneer new ways of connecting inner and outer transformation.  He is a member of the Teacher's Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in the San Francisco Bay Area, a guiding teacher for the Marin Sangha, and a regular teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, California, Southern Dharma Retreat Center in North Carolina, the Louisville Vipassana Community, InsightLA, and New York Insight, and the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World

Upcoming Events: Daylongs and Retreats (see schedule for more details):

January 10-17 (Tuesday to Tuesday): Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart (with Kaira Jewel Lingo, Sylvia Boorstein, Jonathan Relucio, Gullu Singh, and Beth Sternlieb).In personFor further information In personWaiting list only for residential retreatants, some commuter spots still available.

February 2-4 (Friday to Sunday): Navigating The Dark Night of the Soul (with Marisa Handler, and supported by Gavin Milne): Gaia House. For further information: (including the schedule for North American time zones):

February 6-11 (Tuesday to Sunday): Berkeley, CA: Transforming the Judgmental Mind (with Eve Decker): An in-person non-residential retreat, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For further information and to register:

May 1-8 (Wednesday to Wednesday): Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness (with Tere Abdala): Big Bear Retreat Center (Southern California), co-hosted by InsightLA and Big Bear Retreat Center. For further information:

May 31–June 2 (Friday dinner to Sunday 5:30 p.m.): Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha: Evansville, Indiana: Transforming the Judgmental Mind, Cultivating the Wise Heart.  For further information and registration

June 4-9 (Tuesday to Sunday): Southern Dharma Retreat Center, Hot Springs, North Carolina: Bringing Wisdom, Inner Work, Empathy, and Skillful Responses to Conflicts. For further information: Registration opens March 1.

July 20 (Saturday): Spirit Rock, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Transforming the Judgmental Mind.


Links to talks and interviews:

October and November, 2023: Donald’s talk series on “Practicing with Differences and Conflicts” can be found on Dharma Seed ( In the last of the four talks (November 29), Donald applies his framework of “Ten Foundations for Practicing with Conflicts" (available as a pdf on Dharma Seed) to Israel/Palestine, on Dharma Seed at

See also Donald's two talks on "The Dharma in the Holy Land" from July 2017 (, the first more personal and the second more analytical about the Israel/Palestine conflict in the context of intergenerational trauma on both sides, along with a severe power asymmetry.  Included at the website are a number of photos, both historical and those taken by Donald in Israel and the West Bank.

December 20, 2023: Stephen Fulder (senior Insight Meditation teacher in Israel and a long-time collaborator with Palestinians) in conversation with Donald Rothberg, “The Dharma in Times of Crisis”: Dharma Seed recording at’s October 29 statement on what is happening in Israel/Palestine can be found at:

Donald Rothberg and Yassir Chadly in Dialogue on Buddhist and Sufi Perspectives and Practices: A Gathering of Wisdom, Love, and Respect (February 9, 2022). Yassir Chadly is a long-time friend of Donald who is a Sufi teacher, musician, and former Olympic swimmer, originally from Morocco:

Video of the February 6, 2022 fundraiser (Donald was one of the speakers) for the "Garden of Hope" project for a center in the West Bank for mindfulness practice, cultural exchange, and training in nonviolent action, guided by Issa Souf Donald's 10-minute or so talk starts around 59:40. Here’s the link for the GoFundMe page for the project:

"Honoring the Great Teacher of Interbeing and Engaged Buddhism, Thich Nhat Hanh" (February 2, 2022) with personal stories:  Slide show of photos of the life of Thich Nhat Hanh from age 16 to 92:

"A Guided Meditation in the Manner of Thich Nhat Hanh" (February 2, 2022):

“Buddhist Practice and the Transformation of Racism” (two talks): (June 17, 2020) and (June 24, 2020).
“The Power of Compassion in the Face of Anguish” (interview):
Dharma resources for being with the coronavirus: 

Practicing during the Pandemic: Perspectives, Practices, and Suggestions 1 (the talk):
Practicing during the Pandemic: Perspectives, Practices, and Suggestions 2 (Q&A):

See  "Schedule" page for more information on upcoming events and talks.

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