Sunday Dharma Talk
Learning to Keep Present

Learning to Keep Present

June 28, 2020

In order to know happiness in this life, we need to keep ourselves in the present moment.  But how do we do that?  The Buddha gave clear and specific instructions for keeping present, not just in meditation but all the postures of our lives.  In this talk, Peter describes elements of the skill for learning to keep present.  This talk was given at the Berlin Dharma weekly class in the winter of 2020.  May all beings be at ease and live with joy!

The Skill of Community

The Skill of Community

June 21, 2020

Association with wise beings - teachers and fellow meditation students - is an integral element of the path to awakening.  As Peter explains, developing a relationship with wise beings and being part of a community is a skill that we learn to cultivate.  The dharma talk was given in May 2015 at the Downtown Meditation Community weekly Sunday Night Meditation class.

The Path to the End of Suffering

The Path to the End of Suffering

June 14, 2020

There is path to the end of suffering.  It's a path on which we learn to acknowledge the truth of our suffering.  It's a path that we follow by developing certain skills.  Most importantly, the skills of jhana and heedfulness.  In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin describes this path that leads us to freedom from suffering and true happiness in our lives.  The talk was given at Downtown Meditation Community in the summer of 2017.

"Over there are the roots of trees; over there, empty dwellings. Practice jhana, monks. Don't be heedless. Don't later fall into regret. This is our message to you."
(MN 19)

The Limitless Heart

The Limitless Heart

June 7, 2020

As dharma students, we're asked to cultivate love and compassion for all living beings.  This is something that we can learn.  It's a skill.  It's a skill that, when developed, enables us to know a greater happiness in life.  The talk by Peter Doobinin was given at a Meditation & Yoga Retreat in 2019.

As a mother would risk her life
to protect her child, her only child,
even so should one cultivate a limitless heart
with regard to all beings.
(Sn 1.8)