Sunday Dharma Talk
What is True Happiness?

What is True Happiness?

December 26, 2021

Asking questions, the Buddha tells us, is an indication of wisdom.  A good question to ask is:  "what is true happiness?"  The Buddha, of course, is concerned not so much with providing the answer but rather with having us asking the question and seeing for ourselves.  In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin explains how this question and others guide us along the path.  The talk was given in the spring of 2021.

Keeping the Mind Bright

Keeping the Mind Bright

December 19, 2021

In this talk, Peter Doobinin explains the skill for cultivating brightness in the mind & heart.  As we go through our days, this quality of brightness, or appreciation, enables us to develop concentration, maintain ourselves in the present moment, and live joyfully.  The dharma talk was given in January 2021.

The Salt Crystal

The Salt Crystal

December 12, 2021

If we're able to develop mindfulness of the body, the Buddha teaches, we'll find our way to the goal of awakening.  In the simile of the salt crystal, he explains the benefits of developing this mindfulness.  The dharma talk was given by Peter Doobinin on November 29, 2020. 

They awaken, always wide awake:   
          Gotama's disciples
whose mindfulness, both day & night,
is constantly immersed 
          in the body.

(Dhp 299)

Shaping the Future

Shaping the Future

December 5, 2021

Life is a process in constant change.  Which means that we can change.  It means that we can shape our lives.  In this talk, Peter Doobinin explains how, using skills we learn as dharma students, we can shape our lives, live meaningfully, and move toward a greater happiness.

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