Making a Diagnosis

December 9, 2018

The Buddha was often considered a "spiritual doctor."  As such, he knew that a good doctor, in curing an illness, must be able to make the correct diagnosis.  In this talk, given at Sunday Night Meditation on September 13, 2015, Peter talks about how we learn to make the right diagnosis in our efforts to heal our suffering.


New Action

December 2, 2018

In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin discusses how, by taking action, we shape our lives.  The talk was given at a Downtown Meditation Community daylong retreat on November 14, 2015.


Be a Light

November 25, 2018

A dharma talk given shortly after the 2016 U.S. election.  This talk was offered at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday Night Meditation class on November 20, 2016.  


Looking After the Heart

November 18, 2018

A dharma talk given on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at Downtown Meditation Community in New York City.


As a mother would risk her life

to protect her child, her only child,

even so should one cultivate the heart limitlessly

with regard to all beings.

(Sn 1.8)


What is Noble?

November 11, 2018

What is a noble path?  What does it mean to be a noble being?  In this dharma talk, Peter takes a look at these important questions.  The talk was given on December 27, 2015.


The Preciousness of Life

November 4, 2018

Life is good.  An understanding of the preciousness of life is essential to the development of our goodness and our capacity to know true happiness.  In this dharma talk, given on Sunday, February 5, 2017, Peter Doobinin discusses this elemental reflection.


A Happiness That Doesn’t Die

October 28, 2018

A talk given at Sunday Night Meditation on October 25, 2015.  Peter speaks about the Third Noble Truth (The Cessation of Suffering) and how we put ourselves in position to know true happiness.   



October 21, 2018

This dharma talk was given on January 22, 2017.  This evening marked the 15 year anniversary of Downtown Meditation Community's Sunday Night Meditation class.

On this evening Peter Doobinin gave a talk on "Gratitude."  In the talk, he describes the essential tenets of the Buddha's teaching on this important theme.