CSC and CCI Lecture Series

Ruffner Hall G0004
October 24, 2019 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Organized By: The Compassionate Care Initiative
Hannah Crosby
(434) 924-1917

Contemplation, Service, and Activism: Connecting Inner and Outer Transformation

Presented by Donald Rothberg, Ph.D.

Spirit Rock


At a time of great urgency in our world, contemplative practice – developing such qualities as mindfulness, kindness, compassion and equanimity – can be of great value both in everyday life and in our activities in the world, such as service and civic engagement, including activism. This talk will explore the nature of such contemplative engagement and how it might help us respond to some of the great challenges of our times, such as climate disruption, racism, and social and political polarization.


Co-sponsored by the Contemplative Sciences Center and the Compassionate Care Initiative.


Speaker Bio: Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock in northern California, teaches classes and retreats on insight and lovingkindness meditation, transforming the judgmental mind, mindful communication, working skillfully with conflict, and socially engaged Buddhism. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook Graduate School, he has helped to guide a number of six-month to two-year training programs in socially engaged spirituality. He has practiced insight meditation since 1976, and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen practice. He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life and the co-editor of Ken Wilber in Dialogue: Conversations with Leading Transpersonal Thinkers.