Judgment and Non-Judgment

| November 16, 2017 | 2 Comments

It is critical to our progress along the path that we make lucid judgments about skillful and unskillful thoughts and behaviors. At the same time though we are often enjoined to pursue a kind of non-judgmental awareness.

How are these recommendations reconciled? Or are they completely at odds? We will look at this question in this video.

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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 academia.edu.

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  1. Michael Finley Michael Finley says:

    Seems to me that being non-judgmental implies avoiding the fixations or attachments that go along with certain kinds of judgment, judgments of others that criticize in order to justify myself or protect my self image and which are often linked to resentments, fears, confrontations, responses to judgments of others: “he said I was x, but I don’t believe it. He’s only a stupid y anyway … .” These judgments are reactive, and thus the idea of a non-reactive attitude sounds good to me. Thanks for the idea of non-reactivity. The reactive judgments of others are not anything like skillful choices — rather they can fester and make things worse.

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