Donald Rothberg

insight la meditation teacher donald rothberg

Donald Rothberg, PhD, has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976, and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen, Mahamudra practice, the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy, and the Somatic Experiencing approach to working with trauma. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook Graduate School, he currently writes and teaches classes, groups and retreats on insight and lovingkindness meditation, daily life practice, transforming the judgmental mind, wise speech, and socially engaged Buddhism.

Donald has helped to guide six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality through Buddhist Peace Fellowship (the BASE Program), Saybrook Graduate School (the Socially Engaged Spirituality Program), and Spirit Rock (the Path of Engagement Program). He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World and the co-editor of Ken Wilber in Dialogue: Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers.

To listen to Donald’s talks, visit For more information, visit

Events with Donald Rothberg

[ONLINE] Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness: An Introduction
February 24, 2024

A very special online half day retreat Saturday, February 24th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Registration closes February 23rd at 11:59pm Pacific Time Donald Rothberg and Tere Abdala will also offer an on land full retreat on this same topic, all are invited to attend that retreat as well.  The 7-day retreat takes place May 1 – 8, 2024, Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness This half-day online retreat will be a sample and introduction to Donald’s regular teachings on Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness that he has been offering since 2015, joined for the half-day and the 7-day retreat by…

Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness
May 1 - 8, 2024

A Silent Insight Meditation Retreat Wednesday, May 1st – Wednesday, May 8th registration closes Wednesday April 17th at 11:59pm Pacific Time This retreat is also offered as a brief half-day online retreat in February as a donation-based rate. This is a great option if you are considering this full in-person retreat! Saturday, February 24th, 2024 (10am – 1pm Pacific) Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness Settling, Seeing, and Spacious Awareness is a more advanced retreat that Donald has been teaching since 2015. In this retreat, also the only time this year that he will teach this specific retreat, we practice with…

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