Posts by Doug Smith

Was the Buddha Human or Divine?

We see aspects of both humanity and divinity in the Buddha of the early texts. I’ll discuss some of those aspects and propose some ways the historical development might have proceeded. Essays: https://sujato.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/on-the-32-marks/https://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg.de/pdf/5-personen/analayo/genesis-bodhisattva.pdf Suttas: A Trainee: https://suttacentral.net/mn53/en/sujato A Delicate Lifestyle: https://suttacentral.net/an3.39/en/sujato Fear and Dread: https://suttacentral.net/mn4/en/sujato Greater Discourse on the Destruction of Craving: https://suttacentral.net/mn38/en/bodhi At Cātumā:…

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Equanimity Through Sense Restraint

One of the key ways the Buddha recommended we aim towards an equanimous outlook on life was through sense restraint, otherwise known as “guarding the sense doors”. What was that practice? We will discuss it in this video. Suttas mentioned: All the DefilementsUntamed, UnguardedSāriputta and the PupilWith Bhāradvāja Interesting online discussion: https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/how-to-practice-sense-restraint-guarding-the-sense-doors/3228

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Buddhism for Today, and the SBA

There are many forms of Buddhism for today. Once we understand this we will see the way to make room for a more inclusive and contemporary approach to belief and practice. I’ll discuss this and the role of the Secular Buddhist Association in this video. Please consider donating to the SBA. You can find its…

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Learning vs. Doing Buddhism

Many of us spend our time learning about Buddhism. That’s great but there is another way to approach it: by doing. We’ll look at some of the key differences between these approaches and why it’s good to know about both of them.

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No Local Meditation Group? Six Solutions.

What should you do if you’re having trouble finding a local meditation group? It’s one of my most asked questions. I have six different things you might consider doing. Suttas mentioned: The Rhinoceros Half the Spiritual Life

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Constructing a Daily Practice

How should we go about constructing a daily practice? We will look at several aspects that could go into it, including ethics, meditation, and wisdom infused by regular reflection and sutta readings. Book recommendation: Bhikkhu Bodhi, In the Buddha’s Words

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Confronting Illness and Death

How do we confront illness and death? We will all experience them, but often don’t want to contemplate them. I’ll discuss some recent YouTube channels that have dealt with illness and death in deep and profound ways, as well as a little of my own journey. Then I’ll turn to both traditional Buddhist and secular…

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Fake It Till You Make It?

I did an earlier video where I discussed some of the pitfalls of searching for authenticity in our daily lives. One alternative to a direction of authenticity is to pursue a practice of “faking it until you make it”. But is this a good idea? We’ll look at some directions from the early Buddhist texts…

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Early Buddhism on the Internet

It can be difficult to find reliable information about early or secular Buddhism on the Internet. I’ll discuss some places we can look, and find both good translations of early texts and reasoned articles or discussions relating to them. Sites mentioned (besides this one): https://accesstoinsight.org http://suttacentral.net http://www.patheos.com/blogs/americanbuddhist/ https://integrateddharmainstitute.org https://tricycle.org http://lionsroar.com/ https://www.bodhipaksa.com/ http://www.leighb.com/ https://bodhimonastery.org/a-systematic-study-of-the-majjhima-nikaya.html https://www.baus.org/en/teaching/dharma-stream/a-course-in-the-majjhima-nikaya-with-ven-bhikkhu/ There…

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The Paradox of Greed

We often feel that the more we have, the happier we will be. Is that really so? We will take a look at the paradox of greed using a story from the Buddha’s teaching. Sutta mentioned: Ud. 8.8

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