Dave Smith joins us to speak about his Secular Dharma Foundation.
Hi, everyone. Before we begin today’s episode, I would like to mention that this podcast and the supporting website, discussion forums, our live, online Practice Circle and other services provided by the Secular Buddhist Association are supported by you. If you find this episode or any other offerings helpful to you in some way, I ask that you take a moment and visit secularbuddhism.org, and click on the Contributions button. There are many ways you can help which are listed on that page, and if you make a donation, it’s tax deductible and it helps ensure the SBA is able to continue the exploration of secular Buddhism. Thank you; we’re glad to have you join us in the conversation.
I also want to thank our friend Anthony Dominello of Structure from Sound for lending his talent and skill to this and my other podcast. Anthony has donated hours of work every week for years now, and I’m so grateful for his dedication and wish him the very best as he moves on to other projects.
Whether you find a secular approach to Buddha’s teaching a wonderful innovation, or a turn for the worst, it is nonetheless here and growing as Buddhism finds its place in an increasingly secular society. New ways of teaching and practice continue to show up, and despite some voices to the contrary, there’s some really good teachers and content available.
Dave Smith is an internationally recognized Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, experienced speaker and published author. His background is rooted in the Insight Meditation tradition and he was empowered to teach through the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and has received training in Buddhist psychology from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS). He has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into jails, prisons, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities. Dave teaches residential meditation retreats and classes, provides workshops, trainings and consulting in both secular and Buddhist contexts, and works with students through his meditation mentoring program. He recently founded the Secular Dharma Foundation and lives in Paonia, Colorado.
So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Ginger Mint tea.
Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez
The music heard in the middle of this podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. You can visit his website to hear more of his music, get the full discography, and view his upcoming tour dates.