Sunday Dharma Talk
Understanding Our Human Experience

Understanding Our Human Experience

February 7, 2021

To make the most of our lives, we have to come to understand our human experience.  As the Buddha tells us, we awaken to our human experience through the body.  In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin describes how we're able to realize our potential by practicing mindfulness of the body.  The talk was given at a Meditation & Yoga daylong retreat in April 2015.

They awaken, always wide awake:
Gotama’s disciples
whose mindfulness, both day & night,
is constantly immersed
in the body.
(Dhp 299)

The Joy of Life

The Joy of Life

January 31, 2021

Life is good.  As dharma students, we're asked to see the goodness inherent in this human life.  We're able to comprehend the preciousness of this life.  In reflecting in this manner, we're able to connect to the feeling of gratitude and the joy in the heart.  And we're able to move forward and make the most of our lives.  

Bringing Insight to Thinking

Bringing Insight to Thinking

January 24, 2021

In dharma practice, we develop skills that enable us to abandon excessive thinking, painful storylines, habitual narratives.  We learn, in this effort, to bring insight to our thinking.  In this dharma talk, Peter explains this skill which when developed helps us greatly in our efforts to alleviate suffering and know happiness of heart.  The talk was given at the Wednesday night meditation class in Berlin in February 2020.

Practice For Others

Practice For Others

January 17, 2021

We practice the dharma so that we might open our heart ... to ourselves and to others.  Our meditation, while often solitary, is a practice that we engage in out of compassion for all beings.  When we become established in this intention, our practice thrives.  When our heart is open to all beings, we know the happiness of heart.  The dharma talk was given at the Downtown Meditation Community weekly Sunday class in August 2012. 
May all beings be free from suffering and pain.

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.”
(Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Moving Beyond Fear

Moving Beyond Fear

January 10, 2021

As we make effort to take action out of love, for ourselves and others, we often come up against fear.  As dharma students, we  develop certain skills that enable us to move beyond fear and make the most of our lives.  In this talk, Peter Doobinin explains how we learn to work skillfully with fear.  The dharma talk was given at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday night class in September 2017.

Being A Non-Conformist

Being A Non-Conformist

January 3, 2021

A talk from New Year's Eve in 2013.  As Peter Doobinin explains, in following the path of the dharma, we're going against the grain.  Instead of following the ways of the world, we're seeking to know a greater happiness:  the happiness of the heart, the happiness that comes when we take action that is an expression of love for ourselves and others.  The talk was given at Downtown Meditation Community in New York City.

Your Responsibility

Your Responsibility

December 27, 2020

This dharma talk was given on New Year's Eve in 2017 at Downtown Meditation Community in New York City.  As Peter Doobinin explains, as dharma students we don't rely on the things of "the world" for our happiness; our happiness is our responsibility.  As we learn to train the mind and heart, we come to know the happiness that is everpresent, the happiness inside, the happiness of the heart.

May all beings find ease of being, peace, and true happiness in this life.

How Insight Happens

How Insight Happens

December 20, 2020

In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin describes how insight occurs:  through paying attention, over a period of time.  Peter explains the skills and qualities of mind we cultivate in the service of developing insight that will allow us to experience freedom from suffering and true happiness in this life.  The talk was given at a Downtown Meditation Community daylong retreat in 2017.

Karma of Thinking

Karma of Thinking

December 13, 2020

Practicing heedfulness of thinking is one of the most important aspects of the Buddha's path.  In doing so, we learn to pay attention to the karma of our thinking.  What are the consequences of the thinking we engage in from day to day, moment to moment?  When we're able to gain insight into the karma of our thinking, we're able to abandon thinking that brings suffering and blocks us from our heart.  The talk was given at a Downtown Meditation Community daylong retreat in 2016.

Key of Compassion

Key of Compassion

December 6, 2020

As we make an effort to find greater happiness in life, we meet with many obstacles, we often make mistakes, at times we struggle.  When we meet our difficulties with compassion, we're able to move forward toward true happiness.  In this dharma talk, Peter discusses the key of compassion, how it opens the door to the path.  The talk was given in August 2017 in New York City.

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