To move skillfully through life, we need equanimity. Equanmity enables us to stay balanced and strong in the midst of the joys and sorrows of life. Equanimity is rooted in insight, in understanding of "the way it is," including understanding the truth of aging, illness, death, and separation, and the pain that is unavoidable in human experience. In this talk, Peter Doobinin explains how we develop in this understanding and learn to meet life with wisdom and an open heart. The talk was given at a Downtown Meditation Community daylong retreat in the autumn of 2017.
It's often said that, as dharma students, we learn live in the world but don't subscribe to the ways of the world. How is this accomplished? In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin describes elements of the path we learn to develop in an effort to follow the path as householders living amidst the complexity of modern life. The talk was given in 2010 at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday Night Meditation class.
Where do we look for happiness? The dharma student learns to gradually abandon the effort to find happiness in the things of the world. And, instead, to know a happiness that transcends conditioned, impermanent things. The talk was given in 2016 at the Downtown Meditation Community weekly Sunday Night Meditation class.