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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.
Turning Point: Talk
There are currently open spaces in my dharma mentoring program. You can find out more here. https://www.davesmithdharma.com/meditation/mentoring/
Nibbana for Everyone: Talk
A talk on Nibbana. This was given at the Durango Dharma Center. https://www.durangodharmacenter.org/
Aspects of Awakening: Talk
Two talks on awaking that have been edited together. From different times and different places.
skillful & unskillful: talk
This was recorded for dharma live/online. This online community is open registration, join and cancel at anytime. https://courses.seculardharmafoundation.com/courses/61/about
Talk: short reflections on nibbana
Talk: More reflections on effort
Clear, relatable, down to earth Dharma!
Dave has a way of distilling concepts that makes them relatable and applicable to everyday life. It’s been super helpful for me to listen and practice to his guidance and instruction. Definitely recommended to anyone looking for Dharma talks or guided meditations based on the original Buddhist texts.
Thoughtful, engaging, and refreshing perspective on practice
I love these talks. They aren’t traditional reflections on Buddhist practice—dharma talks that get really professorial or abstract. They’re relatable, but without losing the depth.
In fact, he relates practice to our every day life in ways that have deepened my understanding of meditation and Buddhism.
What a guy
I personally had the opportunity to meet Dave while he was traveling through Durango and taught a Monday class at the Durango Dharma Center. What an enlightening experience 🙏