Sunday Dharma Talk
Clinging

Clinging

April 14, 2019

In developing wisdom, as dharma students, we look to see that our suffering is caused by what we're doing.  Specifically, by our clinging.  In this talk, Peter discusses how we bring about affliction through clinging and how, by abandoning clinging, we find freedom from suffering.  The talk was given at Sunday Night Meditation in September 2015.

Taking Care of Ourselves

Taking Care of Ourselves

April 7, 2019

In this talk, Peter discusses how by practicing mindfulness of breathing in the manner in which the Buddha taught, we're learning to take good care of ourselves.  The talk was given in October of 2006 at the Sunday Night Meditation class.

Right Mindfulness

Right Mindfulness

March 31, 2019

When we develop the practice of Right Mindfulness, we're able to maintain our awareness in the present moment and understand our present moment experience.  In this talk, Peter discusses how we develop Right Mindfulness, by keeping our attention on the body and learning to abandon habitual patterns of thinking.  The talk was given at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday night class in 2016.

The Skill of Heedfulness

The Skill of Heedfulness

March 24, 2019

In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin discusses the importance of developing the skill of heedfulness.  The Buddha, for his part, said that all skillful qualities are rooted in heedfulness.  It's through the practice of heedfulness that we become able to take actions that lead to true happiness.  The talk was given at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday Night Meditation class in April 2015.

Living From the Heart

Living From the Heart

March 17, 2019

This talk, "Living From the Heart," was given on the final night of the Downtown Meditation Community Eight-Day Retreat in July 2015.

Am I On the Path?

Am I On the Path?

March 10, 2019

What is a path?  What is the Buddha's path?  How do I follow the path?  Am I on the path?  In this talk, Peter Doobinin discusses important reflections that dharma students learn to make.  The talk was given at the Sunday Night Meditation class on November 1, 2015.

Equanimity & Insight

Equanimity & Insight

March 3, 2019

In this dharma talk, Peter discusses how the development of equanimity leads to insight and freedom from suffering.  The talk was, offered at the Sunday Night Meditation class, was part of a series of talks on the Seven Factors of Awakening.  Peter gave this talk on September 6, 2015.

Practice For All Beings

Practice For All Beings

February 24, 2019

In meditation practice, we spend a good amount of time in seclusion.  But our practice is not just for us.  In this dharma talk, Peter discusses how we develop the intention to practice for all beings.  The talk was given at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday Night Meditation class on January 15, 2017.  May all beings be happy and at peace!

Rapture

Rapture

February 17, 2019

In this talk, Peter speaks about the quality of Rapture.  Rapture is one of the Seven Factors for Awakening.  As such, it is one of the essential qualities that dharma students are asked to cultivate in their efforts to alleviate suffering and find a greater happiness.  The talk was given in August 2015 at the Sunday Night Meditation class.

Letting Go of Time

Letting Go of Time

February 10, 2019

A dharma talk provides food for thought.  In this offering, Peter talks about how we produce our personal narratives and how letting go of these narratives enables us to experience timelessness.  The talk was given at a Downtown Meditation Community daylong retreat in November 2016.