The dharma student, as the Buddha often noted, is "mindful, alert, and ardent." The cultivation of these three qualities is integral to dharma practice. In this talk, Peter Doobinin discusses the quality of ardency, what it is and how we develop it. The talk was given at yesterday's daylong retreat in Berlin.
When concentration is developed, we're able to maintain ourselves in the present moment. What does this mean and how do we get there? In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin talks about concentration as one of the Seven Factors for Awakening. The talk was offered at Sunday Night Meditation in 2015.
The teachings of the Buddha ask that we practice certain skills. One of the essential skills that, as dharma students, we learn to develop is the skill of gratitude. When we're able to cultivate gratitude, meditation practice thrives and we move forward, toward a greater happiness in our lives. In this talk, given at the Sunday Night Meditation class, Peter Doobinin explains how we cultivate this important skill.
"Monks, these two people are hard to find in the world. Which two? The one who is first to do a kindness, and the one who is grateful for a kindness done and feels obligated to repay it. These two people are hard to find in the world."