Doug Smith

Doug Smith

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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Is Secular Buddhism an Oxymoron?

| October 16, 2017 | 6 Comments
Is Secular Buddhism an Oxymoron?

It may seem like “secular Buddhism” is an oxymoron, a kind of contradiction in terms. But this depends on how we understand secularism, and how we understand Buddhism. Both concepts have a wide range of senses, which we will explore.  

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Buddhist Fundamentalism

| October 12, 2017 | 2 Comments
Buddhist Fundamentalism

Recent events, particularly those involving the Rohingya in Burma and the role of nuns in Theravāda Buddhism, raise the question as to what constitutes Buddhist fundamentalism, and whether and how it might be different from its Western counterpart. We will look at the issue in a broad overview. For further reading please see my earlier […]

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Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

| October 9, 2017 | 12 Comments
Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

We all like nice things, but our pursuit of them has important drawbacks. We’ll look at some of those here, as well as evidence of a transmission fluid leak that I’ve been dealing with for the past year. Oh well.

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Bad Gurus

| October 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
Bad Gurus

Bad gurus: recently we’ve heard of various Buddhist gurus, teachers, and leaders displaying unskillful and even illegal conduct. Google searches should display relevant names and specifics so I won’t go into the sordid details in the video. But I will have four general points to make on the topic, starting with a quick look at […]

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Why Buddhism is True

| October 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
Why Buddhism is True

Today we’ll be taking a look at Robert Wright’s new book Why Buddhism is True, some of its positives and negatives, and whether or not it fits well with secular Buddhism. Robert Wright’s YouTube videos can be found HERE.

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Buddhism and Stoicism 2: Five Differences

| September 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
Buddhism and Stoicism 2: Five Differences

Buddhism and Stoicism are in many ways allied philosophies. However in this video we will look at five ways that they differ. We will be looking in specific at early Buddhism and Stoicism as reflected in its Classical Greek and Roman texts, and as explained in Massimo Pigliucci’s recent book “How to Be a Stoic”. […]

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Buddhism and Stoicism 1: Five Similarities

| September 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
Buddhism and Stoicism 1: Five Similarities

Buddhism and Stoicism are in many ways allied philosophies. In this video we will look at five ways that they overlap. We will be looking in specific at early Buddhism and Stoicism as reflected in its Classical Greek and Roman texts, and as explained in Massimo Pigliucci’s recent book “How to Be a Stoic”. While […]

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