Having a daily meditation practice is a foundational component as we make our way along the Buddha's path. In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin discusses what it means to have a daily practice. The talk was given in New York City at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday Night class in the summer of 2016.
When things are difficult, in dharma practice and in life, our tendency may be to doubt ourselves. This self doubt - and doubt in dharma practice - is a profound impediment to our ability to move forward as dharma students. For this reason, it's essential that we learn to be mindful of doubt and to see into its empty nature. In this talk, given on March 23, 2008, Peter Doobinin describes how we practice this important mindfulness. The talk was givein at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday Night Meditation class.
The dharma student is a happy warrior. The practice requires effort and determination, it's often difficult, there are many ups and downs ... but when we practice skillfully, with compassion and lovingkindness, the practice is joyful. Our hearts are open and we understand that, although the road is long, we're moving toward a greater happiness in our lives. Our effort, then, is joyful. The talk was given at a Downtown Meditation Community retreat in 2013.
Compassion is one of the sublime abidings of the heart. As dharma students, we seek to open the heart and connect to the quality of compassion. But ultimately compassion informs action. As one of the primary skillful intentions - the other is lovingkindness (metta) - we seek to cultivate action that is driven by compassion. We learn to do this in meditation and this skill is one that we take with us as we go through our days and nights. The talk was given in Berlin in the winter of 2020 at the Wednesday Night Meditation class in Mitte.