Sunday Dharma Talk
Sensitive to Goodness

Sensitive to Goodness

September 12, 2021

The journey we take as dharma students leads us to the dharma inside us.  In this talk, Peter Doobinin explains how we develop and come to understand the truth of our goodness.  He describes how we come to know the dharma inside.  The talk was given in 2016 at a Downtown Meditation Community daylong retreat.

The Goodness Within

The Goodness Within

September 5, 2021

Each of us has a goodness within.  It's our task, as dharma students, to connect to this goodness, develop it, and put it to good use.  In this talk, given in May 2021, Peter describes the skills we practice in an effort to cultivate our goodness and and, in turn, make the most of this life.

Grief & Compassion

Grief & Compassion

August 29, 2021

In dharma practice, we learn to develop certain skills.  In this talk, Peter Doobinin describes the skills we practice in relating to grief and cultivating compassion.  In order to know happiness in life we need to learn to work skillfully with human emotions such as grief.  This is something we can do.  And we can learn, through the application of skill, to develop compassion for ourselves and all beings.  The dharma talk was given online on March 14, 2021.

The Moment

The Moment

August 22, 2021

The only place where we can find happiness is in the very moment we're in.  In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin describes how we're able to find happiness in the moment, regardless of the circumstances of our lives.  The talk was given at Sunday Night Meditation in New York City in 2016.
May all beings be happy of heart.

Purity of Heart

Purity of Heart

August 15, 2021

We seek, as dharma students following the Buddha's path, to develp purity of heart.  In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin describes the gradual process by which we establish and deepen into our connection to the heart.  The talk was given in February 2021.

Knowing Our Goodness

Knowing Our Goodness

August 8, 2021

Each of us has an innate goodness.  And many of us have made great effort to develop it.  But we may not be in touch with the truth of our goodness.  As Peter explains, the Buddha asks that we reflect on the truth of our goodness.  This essential reflection bring about joy.  And it leads us toward the development of concentration and insight.  In the talk, Peter describes the skills we learn in an effort to be in touch with our goodness.

Conviction

Conviction

August 1, 2021

When we have conviction, we practice.  We put forth effort.  We develop concentration and wisdom.  We move toward a greater happiness.  In this dharma talk, Peter explains what conviction is and how we develop it.  The talk was given at an Eight-Day Retreat in 2017.

Developing Our Goodness

Developing Our Goodness

July 25, 2021

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.

Refuge

Refuge

July 18, 2021

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.  

Wholehearted Intention

Wholehearted Intention

July 11, 2021

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.

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