Seven Stages of the Spiritual Journey

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Seven Stages of the Spiritual Journey
with Donald Rothberg
Friday November 15th, 2019 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Partly in honor of the recently deceased poet, Mary Oliver, we will use her beautiful poem, “The Journey,” as a reference point for understanding the nature of the “spiritual journey.” Two other reference points will be the life of the Buddha and the experiences of our own lives.

After an exploration of the very nature of a journey, and how a journey may take years, or two weeks, or an hour, we will examine the seven stages of the spiritual journey, starting with taking life for granted, being caught up in habitual and conditioned mind and behavior, and ending with (some degree of) awakening and then re-entering the “ordinary” world, often bringing gifts from the journey. In between is the heart of the journey.

Donald Rothberg is also leading a weekend retreat on Saturday and Sunday, November 16-17th, 2019 at New York Insight Meditation Center called Transforming the Judgmental Mind: A NYI Weekend Retreat. Click here for more info.


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Donald Rothberg, PhD

Donald Rothberg, PhD, is a member of the Teachers Council at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. 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. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook University, he currently teaches and writes on mindfulness and lovingkindness meditation, and the application of these and other practices to transforming the judgmental mind, speech and communication, working with conflict, social service, and social action. Donald 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.

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