Peter Doobinin has been teaching the dharma in New York City since 1998. In 2002 Peter founded Downtown Meditation Community. As the guiding teacher of DMC his foremost interest is in helping people follow the Buddha’s teachings as householders, with jobs, families, and so on, living in the modern world. The heart of his teaching expresses a wish to teach students to practice in accord with the dharma, the way the Buddha taught, while navigating the often complex and chaotic streets of New York. In founding DMC and New York Insight his vision has always been to provide a refuge for dharma students, a place where people can practice together and support each other in their efforts to find greater happiness in their lives.
The teachings offered at Downtown Meditation Community come from the Theravada tradition. Theravada practice is derived from the core teachings of the Buddha. Within Theravada there are various streams, lineages. At DMC, students practice primarily in the style of the Thai Forest tradition. The teachings of Ajaan Lee, a 20th century Thai meditation master, and Thanissaro Bhikkhu, abbot of Metta Forest Monastery, provide the inspiration for dharma practice at DMC.
DMC offers a variety of classes, courses, and retreats for students at all levels of practice. All who are interested are welcome to attend the programs and be part of the Downtown Meditation Community. DMC is dedicated to creating a space that welcomes all people regardless of cultural and religious background, race, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, education, physical ability, or ability to pay.
Dharma Talks by Peter Doobinin