It's important for dharma students to remember why we follow the path. We make this effort to practice meditation and develop the skills the Buddha taught because it's a path that leads to true happiness. This dharma talk was given in Berlin on 24 September, 2018. May all beings be happy of heart.
The Buddha's path is considered a noble path because it leads to the end of suffering. In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin describes this noble path and some of the skills we learn to develop as we make the effort to follow it. The talk was given at Sunday Night Meditation in New York City in the autumn of 2015.
In a world of disharmony, we learn, in community with our fellow dharma students, to live in harmony. Practicing the dharma with others, we move from preoccupation with self toward a way of life guided by the heart, by generosity, compassion, and love. The talk, "Being in Harmony," was given at Sunday Night Meditation in May 2015.
How do we maintain ourselves in the present moment? By developing the skill of mindfulness as the Buddha taught it, the dharma student is able to have present moment awareness in all postures, in all the circumstances of life. In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin describes how, by learning to maintain present moment awareness - the skill of "natural meditation" - we're able to know a greater happiness in our lives. The talk was given at Sunday Night Meditation on April 12, 2015.