What is Buddhist Awakening?

| April 3, 2017 | 2 Comments

Here is a short video on the Buddhist notion of awakening, a/k/a enlightenment, nirvāṇa, nibbāna, etc.

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Doug Smith

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Doug is Study Director of the Secular Buddhist Association. He has a PhD in Philosophy, with a minor in Buddhist philosophy and Sanskrit. In 2013 he completed the year-long Integrated Study and Practice Program with the BCBS and NYIMC. A long time scientific skeptic, he pursues a naturalized approach to practice. He is also interested in scholarship about the Tipiṭaka, and the theoretical and historical origins of the dhamma. Some of his writing can be found at academia.edu. He posts weekly videos at Doug's Secular Dharma on YouTube.

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  1. 222fbj says:

    Would you consider doing a few videos that are based on some previously written lessons? For example, the Thanissaro page at Access to Insight has several ‘bite size’ topics of a few pages each. A video with your thoughts on a text would help with learning and retention. I don’t see the videos as a substitute for reading a text. Thanks!

    btw – I am not focused on Thanissaro so another author/site of your choosing would be fine. http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/

    • Doug Smith Doug Smith says:

      Thanks very much for your comment, 222fbj. I agree that that might be an interesting format. My only concern is that the discussion should be self-contained, in that one shouldn’t have to read a text before being able to understand the material in the video. Otherwise one is prone to confuse a large part of the audience. But if it’s done right, using a text as a jumping-off point might be good, and something to keep in mind. I also may discuss particular suttas at some point, again if it can be done in a way that isn’t too confusing for those not prone to pick up a text.

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