Those who know me know that my first love in terms of Buddhism is philosophy. That led me in the (dharma) door, so to speak, where I learned meditation, which has kept me hooked for the last 19 years–even in times when my formal meditation practice takes a hiatus–and eventually dovetailed, or rather looped back, to ethics.
Along the way I have always deeply appreciated keen, clear minds with the ability to understand topics, live them (essential in Buddhism, imho), and communicate them. The last part is often the most difficult. So I was thrilled when I began reading the works of Doug Smith, quite a few years ago now, and even more thrilled when he proposed we collaborate on a project here and there. One journal article and one book chapter later, here we are.
And, more importantly, we’ve both kept busy on our own projects and I’m very happy to share news of the “Online Dharma Institute,” a platform for courses in Dharma, which at present has one short course available entirely for free and one much larger course available at a very reasonable price. And… There is a time-sensitive 20% off deal (for the general public) and 25% off (for Patreon patrons), which end June 23.
If you don’t know his work, have a look at his most recent video, discussing the “New Buddhism” of the Indian reformer, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar:
If you check out the mini-course or the full one, let me know what you think! I don’t know if I’ll manage to check them out in great depth soon and would love to know what people think. I also would love to create a course or two with Doug (time and interest allowing!).
Doug’s Secular Dharma. He is a contributor to the Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies and the Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Ethics. He holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has many years of practice in the Zen and Insight traditions. As well as being the Founder and Director of the Online Dharma Institute, he is also Study Director at the Secular Buddhist Association.You may have seen Doug’s popular YouTube videos at