Three Strategies for Watching the News

| October 19, 2017 | 2 Comments

The news nowadays can be pretty stressful and depressing for many of us. Are there any strategies we can use to lessen its psychological impact on us? I’ll outline three basic mindsets we can use, suggested by early Buddhist teachings, plus some additional thoughts.


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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

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  1. davyvwb says:

    This is a very difficult one for me, and a thin line one which to balance. Not only concercing the news, but also in connection with sociale justice and environmental action. If you are concerned, let’s say about bad agricultural practices (pesticides, meat-production, …), and you constantly see this going wrong, you get frustrated. But if you don’t mind, nothing ever will change. So it’s about finding a balance between not letting things depress you and still tackle the topic.

    I think it will be something I will struggle with whole my life…

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