Life is good. As dharma students, we're asked to see the goodness inherent in this human life. We're able to comprehend the preciousness of this life. In reflecting in this manner, we're able to connect to the feeling of gratitude and the joy in the heart. And we're able to move forward and make the most of our lives.
In dharma practice, we develop skills that enable us to abandon excessive thinking, painful storylines, habitual narratives. We learn, in this effort, to bring insight to our thinking. In this dharma talk, Peter explains this skill which when developed helps us greatly in our efforts to alleviate suffering and know happiness of heart. The talk was given at the Wednesday night meditation class in Berlin in February 2020.
We practice the dharma so that we might open our heart ... to ourselves and to others. Our meditation, while often solitary, is a practice that we engage in out of compassion for all beings. When we become established in this intention, our practice thrives. When our heart is open to all beings, we know the happiness of heart. The dharma talk was given at the Downtown Meditation Community weekly Sunday class in August 2012.
May all beings be free from suffering and pain.
“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.”
(Martin Luther King, Jr.)
As we make effort to take action out of love, for ourselves and others, we often come up against fear. As dharma students, we develop certain skills that enable us to move beyond fear and make the most of our lives. In this talk, Peter Doobinin explains how we learn to work skillfully with fear. The dharma talk was given at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday night class in September 2017.
A talk from New Year's Eve in 2013. As Peter Doobinin explains, in following the path of the dharma, we're going against the grain. Instead of following the ways of the world, we're seeking to know a greater happiness: the happiness of the heart, the happiness that comes when we take action that is an expression of love for ourselves and others. The talk was given at Downtown Meditation Community in New York City.