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If you would like to support the work I do, Please consider making a donation. https://www.paypal.me/satisila As a Dharma teacher, my primary focus of interest has been in early Buddhism. This being the oldest record of what the historic Buddha may have taught. These teachings have been well preserved in a body of text known as the Pali canon, which is the core focus of the Theravada tradition. Within this massive volume of work lies the message that has been left behind for all of us to exp ...
 
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Sign up NOW: https://courses.seculardharmafoundation.com/courses/61/about DISCOUNT: https://courses.seculardharmafoundation.com/courses/62/about Dharma Live/Online is a weekly practice community for those seeking a practical and accurate framework for the teachings of the Dharma. Live ZOOM sessions every Wednesday 7-815pm MST. Session audio will be…
 
Dave zooms down with Tenzin Chogkyi. She has designed an online course for the Secular Dharma Foundation entitled Big Love: Cultivating the Four Immeasurables. (Heart Practices). Sign up here: https://courses.seculardharmafoundation.com/courses/52/about Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi (she/her/hers) is a Buddhist monastic, activist and teacher of both Bud…
 
During this talk, Dave explores the four means of accomplishment. This teaching list is often associated with magical powers and is therefore disregarded by the various Buddhist Schools. However, it does show up on the list of 37 aspects of awakening. Lets take a look at it. This talk is comprised of 4 separate talks given over a month during the m…
 
This talk, given for our weekly mentoring program offers some reflection on the often confusing, yet important practice and idea of taking "refuge". The talk outlines canonical perspectives that can help us overcome the religious undertones associated with the practice of taking refuge/saranam (pali). Enjoy. For more ways to connect with my work. C…
 
Due to the recent events in our culture I wanted to offer some practice and reflection on how to navigate the tricky territory of anger, hatred and other strong forces in the mind. Consider Joining me in one of the various online offerings. Mentoring Program: https://www.davesmithdharma.com/meditation/mentoring/ Buddhist Recovery Program (DISCOUNT …
 
DISCOUNT REGISTRATION https://courses.seculardharmafoundation.com/courses/29/about In recent years sincere efforts have been made to integrate Buddhist practices into Recovery culture and communities. Because there is no universal definition for, or understanding of what Buddhist Recovery is and how it works, many people find themselves confused an…
 
LINK:https://davesmithcountryrebel.hearnow.com/ 20 Years of Music by Dave Smith. Check it out y'all. Special thanks to: Mark Allan Miller, Jesse Mayer, Ben Murphy, Power Jeff, Texas Bob, Kevin Lennon, Ethan Dusssault, Tony Savarino, Johnny Shia Shia, Zack Shedd and JJ Oconnell. All songs written and sung by Dave Smith…
 
My good friend Hanuman likes to remind me that life is way to important to take seriously. Being involved with Recovery, Dharma, and various therapeutic practices sometimes makes me feel like I can get into a hyper self-improvement mode. Which isn't always so great. In fact, sometimes I can find myself being stark raving serious in times when it's …
 
The triad of gratification, danger, and escape is one of the Buddha’s most concise and simple teachings for investigating everyday lived experience. This formula can be applied to every single aspect of our experience. Many Buddhist scholars point out that this teaching contains the earliest roots of what we have come to know as the four noble trut…
 
Join here: https://www.patreon.com/davesmithdharma Dave Smith Dharma Podcast is a rich collection of talks, meditations, teachings, interviews and the newly created "talkumentary". All rooted in perspectives on early Buddhist Teachings that are relevant for life in the modern world. True Secular Dharma. Updated regularly and inspired by the practic…
 
Due to recent events in our culture and world, this talk offers some honest and messy perspectives on how we can come to terms with, and hopefully overcome the ill-will that arises from contempt. If you are interested in joining this group live, please check out the mentoring program with Dave. https://www.davesmithdharma.com/meditation/mentoring/…
 
Soteriology: is the study of religious doctrines of salvation. Salvation theory occupies a place of special significance in many religions. In the academic field of religious studies, soteriology is understood by scholars as representing a key theme in a number of different religions and is often studied in a comparative context; that is, comparing…
 
This talk is part of the weekly teaching series for the mentoring program. If you are interested in deepening your practice, please consider joining the program. For more: https://www.davesmithdharma.com/meditation/mentoring/ One of the most important aspects of our live and our practice is how we see, experience and make sense of our world. In mod…
 
Here is a recorded session from my weekly practice group. This practice session is designed for students who are actively involved in my mentoring programs. If you would like to find out more, or join the program read about that here: https://www.davesmithdharma.com/meditation/mentoring/ Vipassana meditation (insight or mindfulness practice) unites…
 
To join my podcast on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/davesmithdharma I met George Hofmann just before the Covid-19 shutdown. We were both attending a retreat with Stephen Batchelor at Upaya Zen Center. We became fast friends and I was very interested in his process with mindfulness and Dharma. George, has a long personal history of working with B…
 
One from the vault. Today, looking thru my voice recorder in my phone I stubbled across a series of meditations form the Cultivating Emotional Balance Retreat (CEB) that I taught in September of 2019. This was recorded at the Vajrapani Institute in Boulder Creek CA. You can hear the night time critics in the background. Enjoy!…
 
Perspectives on Faith, Trust and Confidence: How do we understand and develop these qualities? How are the relevant and useful in the stressful and uncertain moments of our life? How can we develop the inner resource of confidence? If you are looking for more resources and guidance during this time, please see what I have available at my services p…
 
This talk was given via ZOOM as an act of generosity to the good folks at ALBX Insight. I recorded it last minute on my iphone. Enjoy. For those out there looking to find something to sink they're teeth into. Please consider signing up for my Secular Mindfulness Practice and Education Course offered a a discounted rate during these difficult times.…
 
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