Dave Smith

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.


Events with Dave Smith

The Sure Heart's Release
October 14 - 19, 2024

A Silent Insight Meditation Retreat Monday, October 14th – Saturday, October 19th Registration closes September 30th at 11:59pm Pacific Time The primary focus of teachings throughout this retreat will draw practice and theory from the Manual of Insight by the great Burmese Master, Mahasi Sayadaw. Together we will explore the progress described within these teachings that lead to the sure heart’s release: the purification of conduct, the purification of mind, and the development of insight leading to the cool warmth of nibbana.  Held within the traditional structure of noble silence, the program will include instructions for sitting and walking practice,…

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