The Buddha's path, the dharma, is a path of skillful pleasure. Skillful pleasure is a pleasure that leads us to true happiness. In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin describes the process by which we develop skillful pleasure ... and the benefits in doing so. The talk was given at a Downtown Meditation Community retreat in 2017.
As human beings, we experience anger and fear. This is basic to the human condition. The dharma student is not someone who doesn't experience these elemental human motions; rather, the dharma student is someone who develops skills to work effectivley with anger and fear. By doing so, we're able to live in way in which we're not governed by these emotions. Instead, we're able, even when life is difficult, to live with ease, wisdom, and compassion; we're able to know happiness of heart. The dharma talk was given in February 2021.
Life, by its nature, is uncertain. For the most part, we don't know what's going to happen from day to day, moment to moment. The uncertain nature of our existence can be a cause for much suffering. As dharma students, however, we develop the ability to work skillfully with uncertainty. In this talk Peter Doobinin, decribes the basics of this skill. The talk was given in April 2021.
In developing the qualities of meditation, in practicing the dharma, we learn to go through life gracefully. Our external grace, the ease with which we move through the world, is an expression of the internal grace to which we remain connected. In this dharma talk, Peter describes how our practice leads us to embody this quality of grace. The talk was given in October 2021.
All conditioned things, the Buddha teaches, are impermanent. They arise, change, pass. As human beings each of us is subject to illness, aging, and death. But what doesn't die? What do we leave behind? In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin discusses the 'happiness that doesn't die,' and how we learn to cultivate it. The talk was given at New York Insight in December 2017.