Sunday Dharma Talk
Your Responsibility

Your Responsibility

December 27, 2020

This dharma talk was given on New Year's Eve in 2017 at Downtown Meditation Community in New York City.  As Peter Doobinin explains, as dharma students we don't rely on the things of "the world" for our happiness; our happiness is our responsibility.  As we learn to train the mind and heart, we come to know the happiness that is everpresent, the happiness inside, the happiness of the heart.

May all beings find ease of being, peace, and true happiness in this life.

How Insight Happens

How Insight Happens

December 20, 2020

In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin describes how insight occurs:  through paying attention, over a period of time.  Peter explains the skills and qualities of mind we cultivate in the service of developing insight that will allow us to experience freedom from suffering and true happiness in this life.  The talk was given at a Downtown Meditation Community daylong retreat in 2017.

Karma of Thinking

Karma of Thinking

December 13, 2020

Practicing heedfulness of thinking is one of the most important aspects of the Buddha's path.  In doing so, we learn to pay attention to the karma of our thinking.  What are the consequences of the thinking we engage in from day to day, moment to moment?  When we're able to gain insight into the karma of our thinking, we're able to abandon thinking that brings suffering and blocks us from our heart.  The talk was given at a Downtown Meditation Community daylong retreat in 2016.

Key of Compassion

Key of Compassion

December 6, 2020

As we make an effort to find greater happiness in life, we meet with many obstacles, we often make mistakes, at times we struggle.  When we meet our difficulties with compassion, we're able to move forward toward true happiness.  In this dharma talk, Peter discusses the key of compassion, how it opens the door to the path.  The talk was given in August 2017 in New York City.

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