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For nearly 30 years, Dave Smith has held a practice rooted in the Insight Meditation (Vipassana) tradition. He was empowered to teach through the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, is a certified teacher for Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) which is combines contemporary emotion based scientific research with contemplative practices and psychology drawn from Buddhism and has studied Buddhist psychology at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS).
Dave teaches residential meditation retreats, weekly live dharma classes, online courses, and workshops. He has developed educational tools and resources, including mindfulness and emotional skills trainings, in both secular and Buddhist contexts. Dave also works with students 1:1 through his dharma mentoring program.
In 2016 he founded the Secular Dharma Foundation to foster the advancement of emotional and psychological well-being through the education and integration of mindfulness, psychology, and various therapeutic modalities. Dave has brought dharma and meditative interventions into a variety of settings including jails, prisons, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities. Dave lives in rural Colorado with his wife and two sons.
states & traits: talk
Buddhist modernism & truth: talk
Turning point: talk
20 years sober (6-12-2003): talk from summer 2023
8 fold path: TALK
An unusual and gifted teacher!
A long time practicing Buddhist friend turned me on to Dave’s teaching. I think he is most excellent & has been very influential in helping me find a path in my own work. Perhaps most of all I love how there’s no pretense with Dave’s delivery. He is sharing his direct experience, his foibles, & his struggles in a way that really opens the door for the rest of us. That is huge. Hope to do an in-person retreat with him one of these days. Rock on.
Dharma teachings, hold the yoga pants.
Dave Smith’s teachings are thoughtful and accessible. Beautifully delivered with vulnerability, humor, compassion, and grace. Thank you, Dave!
Are you kidding me?
Why are we listening to the lisp lord slurp Mountain Dew into his mic, while he gurgles platitudes shallow enough to be on a hallmark card?