The heart of the path, the Buddha said, is concentration. If we put wholehearted effort into our meditation practice, in the service of developing concentration, we'll come to know a greater happiness in this life. In this dharma talk, given at Downtown Meditation Community's Sunday Night Meditation class in December 2015, Peter Doobinin discusses aspects of this elemental theme.
Dharma students make an effort to take a step back from their lives. Amidst the business and clamor of modern life, we can learn to find a center, a place of silence within, to be in touch with our goodness and the dharma inside us. In this talk, Peter discusses what it means to take a step back. The talk was given at Sunday Night Meditation in New York City in the summer of 2017.
What is our resolve to further develop our practice? A mark of progress in dharma practice is that we're deepening in our resolve. In this talk, given at the Sunday Night Meditation class, Peter Doobinin discusses how, by following the Buddha's Noble-Eightfold Path, we learn to deepen in our resolve to practice the dharma.
In this dharma talk, given at Sunday Night Meditation in the summer of 2015, Peter Doobinin explains the practice of mindfulness that the Buddha taught. In Buddhist lexicon, this is known as "right mindfulness." When we practice right mindfulness, beginning with mindfulness of breathing, we move toward awakening. In fact, mindfulness is the first of the seven "factors for awakening." As such, it's important to know what the Buddha taught when he taught mindfulness.