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Sunday Dharma Talk
27 minutes | May 15, 2022
Strength of Compassion
We find our greatest strength in the heart. In this dharma talk, Peter explains how we learn to connect to the sublime abiding of compassion in the course of our days. The talk was given in January 2022.
49 minutes | May 8, 2022
Coming Back to Ourselves
Meditation is a practice of coming back to ourselves, to the body, to the heart. In this talk, given on the first night of the Eight-Day Retreat in April 2022, Peter Doobinin talks about the importance of having a sense of purpose in dharma practice. And he talks about the importance of seclusion, how it supports us in our efforts to come back to ourselves.
30 minutes | May 1, 2022
Learning to be Alone
If we don't learn to "be alone" in a skillful way in this life, we'll be sure to meet difficulty. Why is this? Because to be alone is an elemental aspect of the human condition. In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin discusses how, by developing certain skills, we learn to be alone.
23 minutes | Apr 24, 2022
Coming to the Heart
We may think that happiness is found when we're able to come into pleasant emotional states. But the teachings of the Buddha suggest a happiness greater than the happiness that emotional states offer: the happiness of the heart. In this talk, Peter Doobinin describes how the dharma student learns to cultivate disenchantment with emotions and, in turn, turns to the the heart. The talk was given in December 2021. As a mother would risk her life to protect her child, her only child, even so should one cultivate a limitless heart with regard to all beings. (Sn 1.8)
27 minutes | Apr 17, 2022
Compassion & Patience
Developing self compassion if often a challenge. It requires developing in skill in dharma practice. In this talk, Peter Doobinin describes how the cultivation of the paramis - including the parami of patience - supports us in our ability to develop compassion for ourselves. The talk was given in March 2022.
31 minutes | Apr 10, 2022
The Skill of Being Present
What does is mean to be present? In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin discusses the skills we develop in our effort to know the present moment. The talk was given at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday class in 2016.
25 minutes | Apr 3, 2022
In meditation practice, we learn to develop in stillness. And in our practice and in our lives, we learn to incline to this quality of stillness. We learn to know stillness. In this dharma talk, Peter discusses how we can maintain stillness not only in meditation, but in the midst of our days and nights. The talk was given at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday night class in April 2017.
28 minutes | Mar 27, 2022
Finding Your Way
What is our sense of purpose? What is our guiding principle? In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin describes how we learn to align ourselves with our purpose. And how, in turn, we set ourselves on the path to a greater happiness in this life. The talk was given in March 2022.
52 minutes | Mar 20, 2022
The Present Moment
What does it mean to be present? How do we make our way to the present moment? What is preventing us from finding the present moment? In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin discusses these questions. The talk was given at a Downtown Meditation Community retreat in April 2018.
20 minutes | Mar 13, 2022
Incline to Equanimity
Equanimity is one of the key qualities that we seek to develop in making our way along the Buddha's path. Equanimity puts us in position to know true happiness; the happiness that comes when we take action informed by the heart. As human beings we all have potential for equanimity and, in turn, true happiness. But this potential must be developed. In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin explains how we develop and incline to the pivotal quality of equanimity. The talk was given in March 2022.
51 minutes | Mar 6, 2022
The Buddha's path is a noble path. Which is to say, it leads to the end of suffering and true happiness. In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin discusses the "customs of the noble ones," qualities that we seek to develop in our effort to live a life in which we know a greater happiness. The talk was given at a Downtown Meditation Community retreat in 2017.
20 minutes | Feb 27, 2022
All About Action
We develop the practice of mindfulness of breathing so that we can take action. Action in support of the heart. Action that leads to true happiness, for us, for all beings. In this talk, Peter Doobinin describes how the practice of breath meditation finds its fruits in the actions we take in this life. The talk was given at the Downtown Meditation Community Sunday night class in July 2017.
33 minutes | Feb 20, 2022
Art of Reflection
It's important, as dharma students, as awake human beings, to make time for reflection. In this talk, Peter Doobinin discusses the process for developing the art of reflection. The talk was given at Downtown Meditation Community in 2018,
30 minutes | Feb 13, 2022
The Breath, the Body & the Heart
In breath meditation, we learn to cultivate a "home for the mind." In doing so, we establish mindfulness of the body and the qualities of concentration including equanimity. In turn, we move closer to the heart, to the place of wisdom, compassion, lovingkindness, joy. In this dharma talk, Peter describes how the practice of mindfulness of breathing leads us to our capacity to awaken. The talk was given in August 2021.
35 minutes | Feb 6, 2022
Contrary to what many think, the Buddha's path asks that we learn to cultivate desire. Specifically, skillful desire. The desire to practice, to develop the path. In this dharma talk, Peter Doobinin explains what skillful desire is and how we cultivate it. The talk was given at the Sunday Night Meditation class at Downtown Meditation Community in March 2017.
54 minutes | Jan 30, 2022
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.
30 minutes | Jan 23, 2022
Working with Anger & Fear
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.
23 minutes | Jan 16, 2022
Working with Uncertainty
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.
28 minutes | Jan 9, 2022
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.
27 minutes | Jan 2, 2022
What We Leave Behind
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.
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