As human beings, we have an essential goodness. It's our birthright. The dharma inside. It's a goodness that we have, and it's a goodness that we're asked to develop. In this talk, Peter describes ways we learn to cultivate this goodness. The talk was given at an eight-day silent retreat in April, 2017.
In life, it's essential to be able to find refuge. The dharma student learns to find refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Ultimately, though, she learns to find refuge within. In this talk, Peter describes how we cultivate the skill of refuge. As he explains, skillful refuge is not an escape, but rather a means by which we're able to maintain ourselves in the present moment and know true happiness.
In the practice of the dharma, we learn to shape our lives. It's through developing the skill of intention - the cultivation of skillful intention - that we're able to do this. In this talk, Peter Doobinin describes how, by cultivating intention that is informed by lovingkindness and compassion, we're able to move toward a greater happiness. The talk was given online in December 2020.
Understanding the law of karma is integral in following the Buddha's path. Our happiness depends on our actions; and it's through understanding the law of karma that we're able to cultivate action that is skillful, action that will lead us to true happiness. In this dharma talk, given in 2015, Peter gives a comprehensive teaching on the law of karma and how we apply it in finding a greater happiness in our lives.