Video Extra: Vlog Experiment

| June 15, 2017 | 6 Comments

Oy, OK this is another experiment. Mixing things up a bit, this is a bit of a “behind the scenes” vlog, talking about some history I’ve had finding my way with Buddhism and creative writing. OK don’t hate on me too much if vlogging isn’t your thing, I’m not big on talking about myself either! 😄 So I’m not sure how often I’ll do these vlog extras. We’ll see.

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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. He posts videos at Doug's Secular Dharma on YouTube. Some of his writing can be found at

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  1. asifshaikh asifshaikh says:

    Doug that is a fantastic achievement for a first vlog. Much like you I too am introverted and it is good to hear about your background and how you got into Buddhism.

  2. Dacks says:

    Thanks for sharing your story — learning about others backgrounds and how their interest in Buddhism came about is both instructive and engaging. Thank you for this excellent video series.

  3. Michael Finley Michael Finley says:

    Interesting, Doug. Like you, I’ve found Buddhism useful to combat my arrogance, and argumentative nature. It helps me have real concern for others as individuals, not just abstractions. Metta is still hard for me,too, but I think at the core of my practice.

    I came across a quote recently from Simone Weil (who was both a socialist and a Christian — well, mostly Christian — mystic that resonated with me, perhaps you’ll relate to it to: “Attention [to others as individuals] is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” Elsewhere she wrote that “humility is patient attention.”

    Keep up the good work!

    • Doug Smith Doug Smith says:

      Thanks Michael, I like those quotes you cite. Indeed the more I learn from Buddhism and practice meditation the more I see it as leading towards kindness and calm, though I remain far from the goal!

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