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All times are Pacific unless otherwise indicated.

January 10-17 (Tuesday to Tuesday): Metta Retreat: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart (with Beth Sternlieb, Gullu Singh, Sylvia Boorstein, and Melvin Escobar. Full with a waiting list.

January 18 (Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock, 10 to noon. Meditation, talk, and discussion. Go tohttps://www.spiritrock.org/programs/wednesday-morningOn Zoom.

January 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23 (Thursdays): New York Insight: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern. Buddhist Practice and Transforming Racism. In this six-week course for those classified as “white,” we will approach transforming racism inside and outside as an integral part of our spiritual practice, from a framework of Buddhist teachings and practices. The course will be structured in a traditional way, into training in wisdom, meditation, and ethics (including action). We will explore the Buddha’s rejection of caste in the India of nearly 2600 years ago; perspectives from core Buddhist wisdom teachings helpful for understanding and transforming race and racism; the origins and history of whiteness, race, racism, and multi-racial solidarity; the centrality of mindfulness and heart practices like lovingkindness, compassion, forgiveness, and empathy, to investigate and transform our conditioning around race and whiteness; working with difficult mind-states, emotions, and body states; grounding in ethical integrity and action, including wise speech; and the importance of community, including smaller communities that can be supportive home bases, relatively free of “shame and blame.” The course will integrate sitting meditation with talks, exercises, discussion, small groups, and about an hour of reading and/or watching video between sessions.

Donald is offering this course in honor and in the memory of his mother, Bernice, who dedicated many years of her life to working for racial justice and the eradication of poverty, initially in New York! 

On Zoom. For more information, go tohttps://www.nyimc.org/event/buddhist-practice-and-transforming-racism/

January 22-28 (Sunday to Saturday): Four Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat (with Ronya Banks).For further information: https://www.oneworldmindfulness.com/teachers.  Full with a waiting list.

February 1, 8 (Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock, 10 to noon. Meditation, talk, and discussion. Go tohttps://www.spiritrock.org/programs/wednesday-morningOn Zoom.

February 4 (Saturday): San Rafael, CA: Marin Sangha, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Buddhist Practice and Transforming Racism. In this daylong, at this crucial time of “racial reckoning,” we will approach transforming racism inside and outside as an integral part of our spiritual practice, from a framework of Buddhist teachings and practices. The course will be structured in a traditional way, through a division of training into three areas: wisdom, meditation, and ethics (including acting in one’s community and the world). Our explorations in this sometimes charged and messy area will be conducted on the basis of following group guidelines that minimize “shaming and blaming,” and that maximize learning, care, empathy, compassion, and skill being with differences.

In the first part on wisdom perspectives, we will explore the Buddha’s rejection of caste in the India of nearly 2600 years ago; historical perspectives about the origins of whiteness, race, and racism as constructions designed to divide-and-conquer; and ways in which we can see more clearly the roots and nature of racism through the teachings of the origins of dukkha in greed, aversion and hatred, and delusion. In the second part, we will bring in our practice of mindfulness and heart practices like  compassion and forgiveness to investigate and transform our conditioning around race as well as to be skillful with difficult mind-states, emotions, and body states. In the third part, we will ground more fully in our ethical integrity, including wise speech and exploring what comes next for each of us. The daylong will integrate sitting meditation with talks, exercises, and large and small group discussions (the small group discussions will be generally with those of similar backgrounds). All are welcome!

Participants will be able to be part of an optional three session follow-up group tentatively taking place February 11, 18, and 25 on Saturday mornings, 10 to noon Pacific, which will also include about an hour of reading and/or watching video between sessions. For more information, go to: https://marinsangha.org/news?ev=rothberg_dl Hybrid: In-person and on Zoom.

February 5, 12 (Sunday): San Rafael: Marin Sunday Sangha, 6 to 7:30 p.m. or so: Meditation, talk, and discussion. For further informationwww.marinsangha.orgBy Zoom.

February 19 (Sunday): San Luis Obispo: White Heron Sangha, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Meditation and Talk. Hybrid: In person and on Zoom. For further informationhttps://www.whiteheronsangha.org

February 22 (Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock, 10 to noon. Meditation, talk, and discussion. Go tohttps://www.spiritrock.org/programs/wednesday-morningOn Zoom.

March 29, April 5 (Wednesday morning class), Spirit Rock, 10 to noon. Meditation, talk, and discussion. Go tohttps://www.spiritrock.org/programs/wednesday-morningOn Zoom

April 19 (Wednesday): Insight San Diego, 7 to 9 p.m.: Dukkha and the End of Dukkha: Transforming Reactivity, Including Reactivity about Views and Beliefs. The Buddha, at the center of his teaching, taught "dukkha and the end of dukkha." Yet it is not always clear either what "dukkha" means in this context or what "the end of dukkha" means. This evening, we'll explore this core teaching in several ways, including (1) distinguishing several different meanings of "dukkha" in the discourses of the Buddha, (2) identifying one of these, interpreted as "reactivity,” which helps us to make sense of the "end of dukkha” (the others do not), and (3) examining several ways and some of the complexities of practicing with reactivity, including reactivity about views and beliefs. On Zoom. For further information: https://www.insightsd.org.

April 23, 30 (Sunday): San Rafael: Marin Sunday Sangha, 6 to 7:30 p.m. or so: Meditation, talk, and discussion. For further informationwww.marinsangha.orgBy Zoom.

April 29 (Saturday): Spirit Rock, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Transforming the Judgmental Mind. Judgments of a reactive and compulsive nature are very strong for many of us. They can distort our perceptions, make relationships with others difficult, and undermine our work. We will examine what judgments are and how to work with them, using mindfulness, heart practices, and inquiry, helping us to preserve the discernment often found in judgments, while working through their destructive aspects. We will also explore how we internalize the judgments of our society in a number of ways, particularly related to race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identity characteristics. Attendees will have the option of regular follow-up sessions to continue and deepen the learning. Go to: https://spirit-rock.secure.retreat.guru/program/transforming-the-judgmental-mind-dr1d23/?_ga=2.188584360.129289231.1673219415-50111683.1672942814&lang=en. On Zoom.

May 7 (Sunday): Oakland, CA: Nest Yoga. 5 to 6:30 p.m.: Lovingkindness Practice: Cultivating the Wise, Awakened, and Responsive Heart. Lovingkindness, or metta, practice is the cultivation of the intention of kindness and care as the orientation of our heart and mind. It is also a path to wisdom. We develop our capacity for lovingkindness through meditation in order for it to manifest in an ongoing way in our daily lives. Over time, this practice strengthens self-confidence, self-acceptance, and steadiness of mind and heart, revealing our fundamental disposition toward kindness and warmth. In this evening, after an overview of the nature of lovingkindness, we will learn the formal meditation practice of lovingkindness; after the practice period, we’ll also have time for questions and discussion. Address: 3976 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611. Hybrid: In-person (https://momence.com/s/81305715and by livestream (https://momence.com/s/81305731).

 

May 8 (Monday evening): Spirit Rock. 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Meditation, talk, and discussion.

May 14 (Sunday): Sacramento Insight: 10 to noon, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

May 21, 28 (Sunday): San Rafael: Marin Sunday Sangha, 6 to 7:30 p.m. or so: Meditation, talk, and discussion. For further informationwww.marinsangha.orgBy Zoom.

May 26 (Friday), Oakland: East Bay Meditation Center, 6.30 to 8.30 p.m., with Arisika Razak: Meditation, talk, and discussion. Support for center and teacher on a dana (generosity or donation) basis. For further informationhttp://www.eastbaymeditation.org/. On Zoom.

June 2 (Friday), Oakland: East Bay Meditation Center, 6.30 to 8.30 p.m., with Ramón Honea: Meditation, talk, and discussion. Support for center and teacher on a dana (generosity or donation) basis. For further informationhttp://www.eastbaymeditation.org/. On Zoom.

June 4 (Sunday morning): San Francisco, Gay Buddhist Fellowship 10.30 to 12 noon, held at San Francisco Buddhist Center, 37 Bartlett Street (near 21st St. between Mission & Valencia). For further information: https://gaybuddhist.org. Tentatively hybrid: In-person and on Zoom.

June 20-26 (Tuesday to Monday): Southern Dharma Retreat Center (North Carolina): Wise Speech Retreat. In-Person. For further informationhttps://www.southerndharma.org.

Ongoing Wednesdays Class, Spirit Rock, Woodacre, CA: 10 a.m. to noon morning class: Share teaching with Sylvia Boorstein (most Wednesdays, either Sylvia or I will teach; Heidi Bourne has also been subbing for Sylvia in much of 2020 – 2022): 45 minute meditation, talk and discussion. Donald will be teaching January 18; February 1 and 8. Further dates to be determined.

Donald’s Talks At: Dharma Seed (www.dharmaseed.org/), Audio Dharma (www.audiodharma.org)