One Way the Dharma Can Bite Us

| December 7, 2017 | 7 Comments

If we misuse the dharma it can come back to bite us: this is the upshot of one famous sutta. We will look at this sutta and consider some of its implications for our approach to the Buddha’s teachings both online and in person.

Suttas discussed in this video:

Alagaddūpama Sutta

Kālāma Sutta (Kesaputtiya)

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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. Michael Finley Michael Finley says:

    Doug, are your most recent secular dharma pieces no longer posted here? I can’t see to find them

  2. Michael Finley Michael Finley says:

    Found them! But only by going to without extensions. I’d bookmarked the “articles” page, and if one starts there, I don’t think you can navigate back home to your articles. Or maybe I’m just more luddite than I know….

    • Ted Meissner Ted Meissner says:

      Hi, Michael. What browser are you using? This is the first time I’ve heard the main home page doesn’t show up with all the display Doug mentioned, it should all be there on all browsers. Thanks!

      • Michael Finley Michael Finley says:

        Ted — Problem solved. I’m just incredibly dense. Never occurred to me click on the SB graphic at top of the page, rather than the menu items below, to get to the home page — until forced to use my brain — be mindful?? – by assurances from you and Doug that I could go home again. Seems I inadvertently switched the bookmark I used from home page to “articles” and got myself confused.

        Thanks for the help.

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