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Video Extra: Vlog Experiment

Oy, OK this is another experiment. Mixing things up a bit, this is a bit of a “behind the scenes” vlog, talking about some history I’ve had finding my way with Buddhism and creative writing. OK don’t hate on me too much if vlogging isn’t your thing, I’m not big on talking about myself either! 😄 So I’m not sure how often I’ll do these vlog extras. We’ll see.

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  1. asifshaikh on June 17, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Doug that is a fantastic achievement for a first vlog. Much like you I too am introverted and it is good to hear about your background and how you got into Buddhism.

    • Doug Smith on June 17, 2017 at 4:05 am

      Thanks for the kind comment asifshaikh. I’ll try to mix things up a bit from time to time, try out different formats and so on. Glad you found it interesting!

  2. Dacks on June 19, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story — learning about others backgrounds and how their interest in Buddhism came about is both instructive and engaging. Thank you for this excellent video series.

  3. Michael Finley on June 27, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Interesting, Doug. Like you, I’ve found Buddhism useful to combat my arrogance, and argumentative nature. It helps me have real concern for others as individuals, not just abstractions. Metta is still hard for me,too, but I think at the core of my practice.

    I came across a quote recently from Simone Weil (who was both a socialist and a Christian — well, mostly Christian — mystic that resonated with me, perhaps you’ll relate to it to: “Attention [to others as individuals] is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” Elsewhere she wrote that “humility is patient attention.”

    Keep up the good work!

    • Doug Smith on June 27, 2017 at 6:19 am

      Thanks Michael, I like those quotes you cite. Indeed the more I learn from Buddhism and practice meditation the more I see it as leading towards kindness and calm, though I remain far from the goal!

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