Sunday Dharma Talk
Closer to the Heart

Closer to the Heart

October 25, 2020

What are we doing with our time in this life?  What kinds of actions are we talking?  Is what we're doing bringing us closer to the heart?  As dharma students, following the Buddha's lead, we seek to live more and more from the heart.  We seek to know the happiness of the heart.  In this talk, given at a Downtown Meditation daylong retreat in April 2018, Peter Doobinin describes how we learn to reflect, as we make an effort to come closer to the heart.

The Merit of Practice

The Merit of Practice

October 18, 2020

Our practice, the effort we put forth to meditate and develop the path, is a profound expression of our goodness.  As dharma students, we learn to take joy in our practice, our effort to train the mind and heart.  The path is joyful.  Life is joyful.  As we practice the dharma, we come to know this.  The talk was given in 2013 at the Sunday Night Meditation class.

"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)

Ease of Being

Ease of Being

October 11, 2020

When we have ease of being, we're able to maintain ourselves in the present moment.  We're able to live more effectively.  We're able to live more wholeheartedly.  Cultivating ease, in meditation and through our daily life, is an act of lovingkindness for ourselves and others.  In this dharma talk, Peter talks about how we develop ease of being and the great benefits in doing so.  The talk was given in the summer of 2019.  May all beings live with ease!

Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion

October 4, 2020

Although we may have a wish to have compassion for ourselves, we may find it difficult to cultivate this quality of the heart.  As Peter Doobinin explains, developing compassion requires that we learn a skill; in this dharma talk Peter describes the basics of this important skill.  The talk was given at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday night class in 2015.

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