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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 40 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 teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, California, and the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World

Upcoming Events (see schedule for more details):

June 22, 29 (Wednesdays), Spirit Rock, 10 to noon. Meditation, talk, & discussion. Zoom.

June 26 (Sunday, 5:45 to 7:15 p.m.): Nest Yoga (Oakland, CA): Transforming the Judgmental Mind. 

July 1 (Friday), Oakland: East Bay Meditation Center, 6.30 to 8.30 p.m., with Renato Almanzor: Meditation, talk, and discussion. On Zoom.

July 3 (Sunday): San Rafael: Marin Sunday Sangha, 6 to 7:30 p.m. or so: Meditation, talk, and discussion. For further information: By Zoom.

July 4 (Monday evening): Spirit Rock.7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Meditation, talk, and discussion. On Zoom. 
July 10 (Sunday): Spirit Rock: Developing and Deepening Inquiry as a Factor of Awakening in Formal Meditation and Daily Life. Daylong Retreat (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). On Zoom.

July 12-17 (Tuesday to Sunday): Berkeley, CA: Transforming the Judgmental Mind (with Eve Decker): An in-person non-residential retreat, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday). For further information:

August 19-20 (Friday evening talk, Saturday daylong). New York InsightOn Zoom. Friday Evening (6 to 8 p.m. Eastern): Buddhist Wisdom Perspectives and the Transformation of Racism. Saturday Daylong (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern)The “Thinning” of the Self: Exploring and Practicing Anattā (“Not-Self”). 

August 27-28 (Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.): San Luis Obispo, CA: Doing and Not-Doing in Meditation and Daily Life. Hybrid: On Zoom and In-Person.

September 12-17 (Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day): Spirit Rock (in-person, non-residential): Settling, Seeing, and Luminous Awareness. A Six-Day Retreat.

October 10-17 (Monday to Monday): Southern Dharma Retreat Center (North Carolina): Concentration and Awakened Awareness: A Retreat for Experienced Practitioners.

November 19 (Saturday): California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco: Daylong workshop: Navigating Through Your Dark Night of the Soul (with Marisa Handler), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

December 4-10 (Sunday to Saturday): InsightLA:Cultivating the Wise Heart on the Cushion and in the World: Practicing Mindfulness and the “Divine Abodes” (Lovingkindness, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity), with Kaira Jewel Lingo

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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