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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):

August 3-6 (Thursday to Sunday), Spirit Rock: Liberating Insight and Luminous Awareness: The Heart of Insight Meditation, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. In-person non-residential retreat.

September 10-17 (Sunday to Sunday): Southern Dharma Retreat Center (north of Asheville, North Carolina): Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness: A Retreat for Experienced Students. In-person retreat. 

September 21-24 (Thursday to Sunday)Southern Dharma Retreat Center (north of Asheville, North Carolina): Self-guided retreatIn-person retreat.

September 29-October 1 (Friday to Sunday)Weekend retreat. Louisville Vipassana Community. Held at the Earth & Spirit Center (“The Barn”), 1924 Newburg Road, Louisville. Doing and Not-Doing in Meditation and Daily Life: Developing Skillful Effort and Touching the Depths of Our Being.

October 14-15 (Saturday, Sunday): Spirit Rock: Bringing Wisdom, Empathy, and Skillful Speech to Differences and Conflicts. 

October 20-23 (Friday to Monday): Gay Buddhist Fellowship Annual Retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains

November 4-11: InsightLA Big Bear Retreat Center (Southern California, San Bernardino Mountains): Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness (with Tere Abdala and Devon Hase).

December 2 (Saturday), Benicia Insight Meditation Community: Wise Speech for the Holidays (daylong): 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

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. 

Links to talks and interviews:

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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