Buddhism on Anxiety and Fear

| September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

What does early Buddhism have to say about our fears and anxieties? We will look at some passages from the early texts and their commentaries to get insights into one particular practice that can help to alleviate anxiety and gain confidence.

Suttas mentioned:

Metta Sutta (Snp. 1.8)

Snakes (AN 4.67)

A Spear (SN 20.5):

Other resources:

Bhikkhu Bodhi, The Suttanipata

Andy Olendzki: “A Wish of Loving Kindness

Dhammapada Verse 40 and commentary

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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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