Transforming the Judgmental Mind: A NYI Weekend Retreat

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Transforming the Judgmental Mind: A NYI Weekend Retreat
with Donald Rothberg
Saturday, November 16th, 2019 | 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, November 17th, 2019 | 9:00am – 4:00pm


Judgments of a reactive nature are very strong in most of our lives and in the dominant culture we live in. They can distort our perceptions, make relationships difficult, and undermine our work in the world.

In this retreat, we will explore such judgments (and their difference from non-reactive discernment) and how to transform them. We will cultivate mindfulness of judgments; inquiry into the deep roots of judgments; and heart practices such as lovingkindness, forgiveness, and compassion. We will also explore the somatic and social dimensions of judgments–how we internalize dominant views (e.g., of race, gender, etc.).

These tools will help us to preserve the intelligence and energy often found in judgments, using them for discernment and compassionate action, while working through judgments’ destructive, automatic, and compulsive aspects.

The retreat will combine silent meditation practice, guided meditations, short talks, and discussion.

Donald Rothberg will also give an evening talk on the Seven Stages of the Spiritual Journey on Friday, November 15th from 7-9pm. Click here for more info.


Please register at the highest level that your generosity offers.
Explanations of levels follow below.

Registration Fees include Teacher Support

New York Insight Meditation Center has streamlined the registration fee levels. Members of our Circle of Friends are eligible to receive 20% off of the Sustaining Rate via a code provided in the email confirming membership, which you can enter after clicking the Sustaining Level registration.

*Benefactor Level: Supports NYI’s ability to offer the Subsidized Base.

**Sustaining Level: This level reflects the actual costs to support this program. Circle of Friends members eligible for 20% discount with code. Click here to join.

***Subsidized Base: Made possible by the generosity of Benefactor Level above and other donations to ensure participation by those requiring financial assistance.
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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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