Can we change? Can we transform painful habitual ways of thinking and acting? As Peter Doobinin explains, dharma practice - the path the Buddha laid out - provides us with way to change. By developing the skills the Buddha taught, we can transform our lives. This is why we practice. This talk was given at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday night class in December 2012.
We learn, in practicing meditation, to guide ourselves through the meditation. In doing so, we learn to find our voice. It is this voice, straight from the heart, that guides us through our days and nights. The dharma talk was given online by Peter Doobinin in May 2021.
Can we lay down our burdens and find true happiness in this life? In this dharma talk, Peter describes how by developing the skills the Buddha teaches - namely, jhana and heedfulness - we're able to find our way out of the forest of suffering. The talk was given on the final night of an eight-day retreat in 2019.
"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."
This talk was given on Mother's Day in 2009. In the talk, Peter Doobinin explains why having respect for our parents is essential to the development of the spiritual life. When we're able to cultivate gratitude for our mother and father, we're able to move toward a greater happiness in this life. The talk was offered at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday night class.
We learn, in our efforts to know true happiness, to look to this moment. We learn, in doing so, to turn to the goodness that lies within us. We learn to be who we are. In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin describes our tendency to think that happiness is found in the future ... and how we learn to know the happiness that is available to us in each moment. The talk was given in 2016 at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday night class.