Double Star Dance
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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):

April 20, 27 (Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock, 10 to noon. Meditation, talk, and discussion. On Zoom.

April 23 (Saturday): Spirit Rock: Transforming the Judgmental Mind: Daylong Retreat (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).  On Zoom.

April 24 (Sunday): Nest Yoga (Oakland, CA): Cultivating Wisdom and Lovingkindness in a Polarized World.  6 to 8 p.m.Hybrid: In-person and by Zoom.

May 14-15 (Saturday and Sunday), Carson City, Nevada: Dharma Zephyr, Deepening Our Insight Practice: Cultivating the Three Ways of Seeing That Free: Seeing into Impermanence, Dukkha (Reactivity or Suffering), and Not-Self: 9:30 to 4:30 each day.In person and on Zoom (hybrid).

May 21 (Saturday): San Rafael, CA: Marin Sangha Daylong: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Doing and Not-Doing in Meditation and Daily LifeOn 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. 

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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