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

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Is Buddhism Atheist?

| May 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
Is Buddhism Atheist?

Was the Buddha an atheist? Does one need to believe in God or gods to follow his system? This is a question with an interesting answer I think we can all learn from.

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On Mettā

| May 21, 2017 | 5 Comments
On Mettā

Where do the instructions for mettā practice come from? The suttas give relatively little instruction on what actually to do, beyond generating universal good will that we find in the Mettā Sutta (Sn. 143-152), and the practice of focusing on each direction, in an oft-cited pericope: [W]ith his heart filled with lovingkindness, he dwells suffusing […]

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Loving Kindness Meditation: History and Practice

| May 15, 2017 | 3 Comments
Loving Kindness Meditation: History and Practice

What is Loving Kindness (mettā) meditation and how did it develop? Many people today practice a form that probably originated centuries after the Buddha’s day.

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Early Buddhism and Secular Buddhism

| May 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
Early Buddhism and Secular Buddhism

Folks interested in a secular approach to Buddhism will find many forms of Buddhism congenial. Why is early Buddhism particularly so? We will look at the Kevaddha Sutta (DN 11) and some material from Richard Gombrich, eminent scholar of early Buddhism, to help illuminate the discussion.

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Antidotes to the “Three Poisons”

| May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Antidotes to the “Three Poisons”

The three poisons of greed, hatred, and delusion lie at the root of many of our problems. What can we do about them? In this video I outline some techniques from early Buddhist teachings.

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What is the Eightfold Path?

| April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
What is the Eightfold Path?

  Many of us have heard of the Eightfold Path as perhaps the definitive description of Buddhist practice. What is it? Descriptions of the elements of the Eightfold Path can be found throughout the suttas, but a good quick rundown of the entire path can be found at Saṃyutta Nikāya 45.8.

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Secular Buddhism & Secular Humanism

| April 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Secular Buddhism & Secular Humanism

For more information about secular humanism, see the Council for Secular Humanism‘s website.

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