About the Teacher
Peter Doobinin is the guiding teacher of Berlin Dharma. Before coming to Berlin, he was guiding teacher of Downtown Meditation Community in New York City. He founded Downtown Meditation in 2002. Prior to that, Peter was a co-founder of New York Insight Meditation Center. He has been teaching insight meditation since 1998. Over the years, he’s taught at many places including the New York City Public Schools. He’s taught meditation and mindfulness skills at NYU, Columbia, Pratt Institute, Hunter College and City College of New York. Peter is a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leaders program. In his own practice, he is a student of Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Ajaan Geoff) and has practiced extensively at Metta Forest Monastery where Ajaan Geoff is the abbot. Peter’s dharma book, The Skill of Living, was published in the spring of 2013. His writing has appeared in Tricyle; the anthology Commit to Sit; The New York Times; and other publications. He is currently authoring a monthly "Sutta Study" on the Tricycle website. Before becoming a meditation teacher, Peter worked in publishing for Simon & Schuster for more than twenty years. He also writes fiction and published a novel, Suburban Boy, in 2005.
As a teacher, Peter's vision is to offer the Buddha's teachings to people living amidst the speed and complexity of the modern world. For more than twenty years, he has been devoted to helping people find a way to practice the true dharma as householders, meeting the various responsibilities of work, relationship, and so forth. He is especially interested in teaching individuals to develop breath meditation and to live more skillfully, with greater wisdom, compassion, love, and joy. In starting Downtown Meditation, New York Insight, and now Berlin Dharma, he has been motivated by the understanding of the importance of practicing the dharma with others. As a teacher, and a student, he has come to know the extraordinary blessing that is it to be part of a community that embodies trust, care, kindness, and joyful companionship. Through his years of teaching, Peter has come to see that if we make a wholehearted effort practice the skills the Buddha taught, there is no questions that we will find greater happiness in our lives.
About Support for the Teacher
Since 2002, Peter Doobinin has been a full-time meditation teacher. Unlike many teachers whose primary income is from other forms of employment, Peter's income - other than a small amount from his writing - comes entirely from teaching meditation.
Class fees at Berlin Dharma reflect the amount deemed necessary to sufficiently cover expenses for putting on classes (renting the space, etc.) and to support the teacher in his efforts to meet his basic needs. All donations are applied to the teacher's basic living expenses such as food, clothing, shelter, medical needs, and fundamental requirements for an individual in contemporary society.
If you would like to further support the teacher, please let us know by clicking the box below.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
In The Skill of Living, Peter Doobinin
shows us how to live more skillfully,
with greater wisdom and compassion.
To find out more about The Skill of Living,
please click here.
Click here for a reading on "Addiction to Busyness."