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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 explore for ourselves. The radical notion that everything that we need to overcome suffering in this lifetime is inside each one of us. The Buddha is said to have taught one thing, suffering and the end of suffering. Dharma practice is a system of living that requires meditative training, ethical and compassionate actions and behaviors, and a wise understanding of the limitations of the human condition. Whether teaching residential retreats, weekly classes, study series or working one-on-one with individuals I provide a Dharmic system that integrates four core components.
1). Mindfulness: the four foundations of mindfulness
2). Dependent origination: Buddhist psychology
3). The four noble truths: the process of awakening
4). Heart practice: the four brahma-viharas (kindness, compassion, appreciation, and equanimity)
Currently, I am pursuing these interests as a practitioner, teacher, mentor and writer. My intention is to continue to provide learning opportunities through online classes and retreats, working with individuals to strengthen their meditative practices and to provide an accurate and pragmatic framework for the Buddha’s Dharma. Please contact me if you are interested in working together in whatever capacity may serve you.
I hope to see you on the path.
Anger and Hatred: Talk and Guided Practice
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 PRE-PAY): https://courses.seculardharmafoundation.com/courses/29/about
Buddhist Recovery Monthly Subscription: https://courses.seculardharmafoundation.com/courses/16/about
Mindfulness for Everyone (Self-Paced Program): https://courses.seculardharmafoundation.com/courses/1/about
Buddhist Recovery Online Class and Community
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 and discouraged while looking for perspectives and practices that have meaningful and practical direction and outcome. This online class and community was specifically created to provide a simple and comprehensive framework for understanding how Buddhism and Dharma practice can be cultivated as means for overcoming addiction, embracing recovery and creating a meaningful life.
TEACHER-DIRECTED, COMMUNITY-BASED MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION PROGRAM
Live teachings sessions every week, via Zoom with Dave and Shannon Smith: Dharma Talk, Meditation and Q&A
6 Modules of content designed for you to move at your own pace
More than 3 hours of educational video content
18 guided meditation practices
All content pertaining to the original teachings of the Buddha from historical and academic perspectives
New course material added and updated regularly
20 YEAR ANTHOLOGY: I have just released 20 year of my recordings.
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
Authentic Communication, Humor vs. Seriousness: talk and guided practice
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 just not helpful.
A good Dharma teacher once asked me if there was something that I felt was missing from Dharma practice and work. A good question. My answer is yes, humor. When can we get some damn humor around here to lighten the load a bit right?
Four Directions: Song
Once upon a time, I lived in Nashville TN. There, my life totally fell apart and I turned once again, to Dharma and punk rock. Here is short and sweet little ditty for y'all.
For more: https://davesmithcountryrebel.bandcamp.com/
More Reflections on Dukkha: talk and guided
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 truths. The basic framework for all Buddhist traditions.