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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Perfectionism Social and Personal

| April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments
Perfectionism Social and Personal

Many of us are perfectionists of one kind or another, and perfectionism has its benefits. It also has its darker side, which we will consider in today’s video: both in a sociopolitical sense and in a personal sense. We will finish up by considering a few ways that the Buddha appears not to have been […]

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Mindfulness of Dharmas, Part 2

| April 16, 2018 | 0 Comments
Mindfulness of Dharmas, Part 2

Fourth and last of the foundations of mindfulness is Mindfulness of Dharmas. In this second half of our introduction, we will continue going through the practices involved in this foundation. In particular we will go through mindfulness of the factors of awakening, and of the Four Noble Truths in this video. Sutta mentioned: Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta […]

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Mindfulness of Dharmas, Part 1

| April 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
Mindfulness of Dharmas, Part 1

Fourth and last of the foundations of mindfulness is Mindfulness of Dharmas. In this first part of two, we will discuss what dharmas mean in this context, and begin going through the practices involved in this foundation. In particular we will go through mindfulness of the hindrances, of the aggregates, and of the sense-spheres. Suttas […]

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Buddhist Practice or Psychotherapy?

| April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
Buddhist Practice or Psychotherapy?

Buddhist practice shares many similarities to psychotherapy, and many contemporary psychologists are learning about Buddhist practice in order to deepen their own. However they also have some important differences that must be kept in mind. What are they, and when should we seek one or the other? Recent Tricycle article Another interesting article from a […]

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What Is Protestant Buddhism?

| April 5, 2018 | 0 Comments
What Is Protestant Buddhism?

“Protestant Buddhism” is one phrase scholars have used to describe changes that Buddhism has undergone in its encounter with modernity. We will look at that phrase, these changes, and their ongoing impact on belief and practice. Check out my Patreon page! Book mentioned: Buddhism Transformed by Richard Gombrich and Gananath Obeyesekere Articles: Vijitha Rajapakse’s review […]

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Buddhist & Stoic Wisdom for a Skeptical Age

| April 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Buddhist & Stoic Wisdom for a Skeptical Age

Today we will look at Antonia Macaro’s great new book “More Than Happiness: Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom for a Sceptical Age”. We’ll consider what it says about the projects early Buddhism and Stoicism have in common, as well as mention some interesting questions she raises. Check out my Patreon page!

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The Five Aggregates

| March 26, 2018 | 0 Comments
The Five Aggregates

What are the five aggregates of Buddhism? The Buddha analyzed the person into these parts. We will look at each of them and how they can in turn be analyzed into further parts. We will also consider how understanding this analysis can help us in our practice. Check out my Patreon page! Suttas: The Seven […]

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