As dharma students, we learn to meet our practice with an attitude of optimism. We have faith in our capacity to know a greater happiness. We believe in ourselves. When we consider our dharma practice, we bring a quality of brightness. Peter gave this talk on "Optimism" at the Sunday Night Meditation class in June 2015.
As we develop in conviction, we make a greater effort to practice. This is an important cause and effect relationship. But what is conviction? How do we develop it? In this talk, given at the Sunday Night Meditation class, Peter discusses these essential questions.
"Letting Go." The dharma student doesn't attempt to "let go" of her suffering through an act of will; in fact, the Buddha's instruction when it comes to suffering and clinging isn't simply to "let go." Instead, the dharma student learns to develop the skill that will enable letting go to happen. In this talk, given at Downtwon Meditation Community, Peter discusses the skill of letting go.
The dharma student is a learner. For the dharma student, practicing meditation is much more than simply a process of attaining tranquility; it's a process of learning. And when we meditate, we begin to learn why we suffer; we begin to learn what the real problem is. This dharma talk was given in February 2018 at the Sunday Night Meditation class.