As dharma students we learn to develop internal assurance, the ability to rely on our innate wisdom to guide us as we make our way in this life. In this dharma talk, Peter explains what internal assurance is and how we develop it. The talk was given at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday Night class in the autumn of 2016.
To be able to practice the dharma is an extraordinary blessing. It's important for dharma students, in making their way along the path, to recognize the blessing of the practice. And, in turn, to reflect on it. In this talk, given in 2008, Peter Doobinin explains the rudiments for reflecting on the blessing of the practice. The talk was given in New York City at the Sunday Night Meditation class.
When conviction is developed, we make an effort to follow the path. In the end, we must develop conviction in ourselves, in our goodness, in our innate wisdom, in the dharma inside us. This talk on "Conviction in Yourself" was given in December 2011 at the Downtown Meditation Community weekly Sunday night class.
We shape our lives through the decisions we make from day to day, moment to moment. It's through the practice of heedfulnes that we're able to make decisions and take actions - big actions and subtle actions - that will lead us to true happiness in this life. This talk was given in 2014 at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday night class.
"Just as the footprints of all legged animals are encompassed by the footprint of the elephant, and the elephant's footprint is reckoned the foremost among them in terms of size; in the same way, all skillful qualities are rooted in heedfulness, converge in heedfulness, and heedfulness is reckoned the foremost among them."
What lies on the other side of wanting? As human beings, we're involved, it seems, in an incessant process of wanting: wanting what we don't have, wanting things to be different than what they are. Dharma practice leads us to know the other side of this painful wanting. The talk was given by Peter Doobinin in 2014 at the Downtown Meditation Community weekly Sunday class.