Combining Committed Action and Non-Attachment to Outcome, a talk by Donald Rothberg – 11/2/2017 7-8:30PM

In this guided meditation and talk we will explore a powerful teaching found in different variants in many traditions, from the Bhagavad Gita to Chuang Tzu to the book of Job in the Hebrew Bible to the teachings of the Buddha to Gandhi.

This teaching could be expressed as bringing together, paradoxically, committed action and responsiveness, on the one hand, with non-grasping in relationship to the outcome of the action. The Gita and Gandhi spoke of disciplined “action without attachment to the fruits of the action.” The Buddha pointed out the ways of getting attached through the teaching of the Eight Worldly Winds.

In this sit and discussion with Dr. Donald Rothberg, leading teacher and writer on meditation, we will explore the nature of these teachings and some ways to practice it, both in our formal dharma practice and in our action, as well as what a mature expression of the teaching looks like.

The session will include silent meditation, a dharma talk, and a brief time Q and A.

The session is from 7-8:30PM If you arrive late, please wait to enter through the back door until the meditation has ended.

Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., is a member of the Teachers Council at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California. He has practiced Insight Meditation since 1976 and also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice, in the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy, and in the Somatic Experiencing approach to working with trauma. He currently teaches and writes on mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation and the application of these and other practices and teachings to transforming the judgmental mind, to speech and communication, to working with conflict, and to social service and social action. Donald is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World.

The suggested donation for this event is $10-15.

Please plan to arrive a few minutes early as we may turn folks away when the house reaches capacity.